On this extended Corsica road trip, find out why Corsica makes hearts beat faster and pulses relax. Discover a timeless paradise that knows how to make a road trip memorable, with roots running deep into the past, its story on display through a mix of landscapes, attractions, and activities.
But the island is more than a place of ancient ruins and citadels. Corsica’s coast is dotted with amazing blue-flag beaches, sleepy fishermen’s towns, and there’s always an opportunity to practice watersports of some kind. This Corsica road trip covers it all.
Easy like a summer breeze, L’Île-Rousse steals the heart of sun lovers with its sandy coastline washed by a sea bluer than blue itself. Nestled in the city’s port, yachts float above the deep blue, tempting enthusiasts with their curvy lines.
At a stone’s throw from the mainland, L’Île de la Pietra, a rocky peninsula with reddish tones, is another reason to stop by on this Corsica road trip around the island.
Park your campervan near the fishing port and lose yourself among the paved streets of this historic town. On the bustling central plaza, the story of Pasquale Paoli, the man that gave Corsica its independence, is as alive today as it was when the struggle for freedom started in 1758.
Away from the plaza, continue your troll among Florentine houses and stop for coffee before you take your itinerary further to the town’s peninsula. Bring a snorkel set and find a patch of reef filled with marine life, right off one of the peninsula’s small pebble beaches. End the day with a good seafood meal.
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from Bastia depot
Charming square with food market and Palace Paoli
Promenade de la Marinella
Sea promenade and sandy beaches
L’Île de la Pietra
Red island with rocky sights and lighthouses
Old town house childhood nest of Napoleon
Fairly priced local restaurant
Friendly staff and crazy-good paella
No shoes dining right on the beach
Slots near the centre; easiest to access on Bastia-Calvi Road
Say ‘Ajaccio’ and travellers in the know will instantly think of Napoleon Bonaparte. Delve into the young years of the man who ended the bloody French revolution and conquered Europe.
Napoleon’s family mansion is a central point for pilgrims in search of history’s reverberations, but there’s more to taste in Ajaccio than a bite of the past. Local cheeses, quality wines, meats and fish are on display at the markets and on menus.
To enjoy Ajaccio fully, park your campervan and wander the streets by foot. At the central market, Corsican delicacies lure gourmands to try them all and wash them down with a glass of local wine. Try Brocciu, a local goat’s cheese that gourmet travellers will surely want to stuff their suitcase with before leaving town.
Once you’ve satisfied your cravings for landmarks, great restaurants, and beaches, take to the surrounding mountains for a breath of crisp air and stunning panoramas. For those gripping for adventure, the cliffs near Ajaccio are the perfect spot to try skydiving. Take a freefall before continuing your Corsica road trip with a fresh appreciation of life.
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Old town house childhood nest of Napoleon
Food market with tempting local specialities
Pointe de la Parata
Rocky cape perfect for sunset and Ajaccio’s views
Yummy Corsican dishes in generous portions, friendly owner
Small restaurant with heavenly food
Plenty of spots near Ajaccio’s port area
Close to sea; extra facilities, WiFi, family-friendly
Surrounded by green hills and facing the Mediterranean, Bonifacio fits in both the rich story of the past and the yachts of the rich and famous. Down at the bustling port, sleek sailboats steal the glances of visitors while, the sand-stone fortress up on the clifftop their hearts.
Full of quaint cafes, fine restaurants, and 9th-century mansions, the old citadel of Bonifacio makes for a pretty sight full of architectural details. Including Bonifacio on your Corsica road trip is a must, especially since the road to get there is a joy to take by campervan.
Arrive in the medieval citadel and the first thing you notive is the imposing Bastion de l'Etendard. Visit the the fortress offers for a great vantage point of the marina below, but take your time to stroll through the ancient streets of the old town before you head down to the waterline.
From there, hop in a boat to the Grottes de Bonifacio. Explore the sea caves by jumping overboard head-first and bobbing about this magical place with a snorkelling kit. Next, greet colourful marine life at La Tonnara Beach — a treat for kids and adults alike.
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Grottes de Bonifacio
Stunning sea caves accessible by boat
9th-century sand-stone village on the cliffs
La Tonnara Beach
Cool spot for snorkelling, kids friendly
Appetizing viewpoint with sea views
Fine dining you’ll never forget
Rustic food off the touristic path
Corsican classics that do Bonifacio justice
Several spots across town; check for hours restrictions
Camping des Iles
8 hectares of modern facilities and good vibes
The perfect end to this Bastian itinerary, or any Corsica road trip really, is a stop at the first city ever founded on the island: Aléria.
With a history dating back 8,000 years, Aléria speaks of a truly distant epoch. The city shows remnants of the ancient Mediterranean civilisations that inhabited the island, like the Romans and the mysterious Phoenicians.
Visit Aléria for more than history. With natural ponds and wild nature, the landscape of Aléria provides the perfect setting for recharging your primal batteries. One way is to unwind at the thermal baths, another is to soak negative ions at the waterfalls.
Make sure to also take a stroll along the lagoons and banks of the Tavignano River that ends near Aleria. It will make for a memorable wrap-up of your Corsica itinerary.
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Site Archeologique De Aleria
Ruins of ancient Mediterranean civilisations
Pond of Diana
Beautiful natural pond famous for hand-sized oysters
Wildlife in a wild landscape
French dishes and vegetarian delights
Hearty food that will soothe your soul
Both free and paid parking around the centre
Camping MARINA D'ALERIA
In a natural environment with great facilities
from Bastia Aeroport