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Upper Corsica, quintessential nature

Bordered on the east by the Tyrrhenian Sea and to the west by the Mediterranean Sea, Upper Corsica extends over the northeast part of the ‘Ile de la Beauté' in the heart of the Cismonte region. An unspoilt paradise of traditional crafts and exceptional sites.

The wild beauty of this peninsula, home to small idyllic coves and crystal-clear waters, is a must for nature lovers. Take the spectacular coastal road marked by the scents of immortelle flowers and myrtle to admire the towering rock formations shaped by the sea. Enter inland for a hike or go horseback riding in the bush and stop to refresh in the shade of olive trees. Venture out in a boat to the Scandola Nature Reserve, concealing mysterious caves over which osprey hover. Explore the amazing black beach of the village of Nonza or visit the Agriates Desert. In Balagne, explore the narrow streets of the fortified town of Calvi, supposed legendary birthplace of Christopher Columbus, before visiting the charming villages of Lumio, L'Ile Rousse, and Saint Florent. At the tip of Cap Corse, in the village of Centuri, you can crack open a lobster and try to make out what you see of the Italian coast on a clear day. And for a city break, let yourself be charmed by the colourful streets of Bastia, replete with designer, luxury, and fashion boutiques, as well as concept stores, which attract people from around the island. Northern Corsica is worth a visit at any time of year. Throughout the seasons, events such as the Italian Film Festival of Bastia, the Lama Film Festival, Porto Latino Music Festival in Saint-Florent, the 'Cap Sur le Rire Festival' (Comedy Festival) in Brando, and the renowned music festival 'Calvi on the Rocks', punctuate the island's cultural life. Discover, as well, the region's rich religious heritage by visiting chapels and churches in villages and attending traditional processions. Northern Corsica is an ideal destination to visit as a couple for a relaxing weekend, in family for a few days of sports expedition in the midst of nature, or between friends to simply enjoy a week, fully immersed in the island's life.

Insight video - Discover Bastia  and surroundings
Insight video

Discover Bastia and surroundings

Discovery map - Our selection of must-see places in Northern Corsica
Discovery map

Our selection of must-see places in Northern Corsica

Diaporama

Our Northern Corsica photo album

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charm

Liberata Hotel, a historical heritage

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tea salon

Ghisoni's Coffee House, between the pear and… the coffee

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wine gems

On the wine route to Patrimonio

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exploration

Corte, the perched village of Corsica

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discover antiquity

Back to the past at the archaeological site of Aléria

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treetop adventure course

Scimia Calvese, where Icarus' heart is set alight

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exceptional landscapes

A getaway in the Agriates' wilderness

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