Corsica, in the Mediterranean Sea, is the fourth-largest island in the Mediterranean, with the Italian island Sicily ranking first, Sardinia second, and the country of Cyprus third. French Corsica is fourth in size and its mild climate, culture and breathtaking coastline contribute to the island's tourism appeal. The island's paved road network is sufficient, and a train connects the major cities. Occupied by the Carthaginians, colonized by the Greeks, and swallowed up by the Roman Republic, the island government has changed hands multiple times. However, the biggest influence over the centuries has been Italian. The people of Corsica attempted independence from Genoa, who asked for help from the French. However, the island eventually ended up being annexed by the French in 1789.

10 Ajaccio

Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica is also known as the "Imperial City." Known as the birthplace of the French military leader, Napoleon Bonaparte, his birthplace and ancestral home is currently a museum. According to legends, Ajax, a Greek hero, was the one who founded and gave Ajaccio its name. During World War II in September 1943, this was the first city in France to be liberated. The town is relatively small and can be well explored on foot, or take an electric bike tour that will include the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral, the Greek Chapel, and many other sites in the city.

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9 Bonifacio

Bonifacio is a medieval town on a limestone cliff on Corsica's southern coast. This is also known as the "Citadel of Cliffs," as the town is built right up to the edge of the cliffs, seemingly carved right out of the limestone. As the only major harbor on the southern coast, it lies directly across the Strait of Bonifacio from Italy’s Sardina. The city is broken into the Upper City and Old Town. The majority of residents live in Old Town. The Upper City is the citadel, or fortified area, and overlooks the sea. Bonifacio usually hosts the French leg of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, as access to the beautiful beaches is easy.

8 Calvi

The 13th-century fortress is located on the northwest coast of the island of Corsica. The huge bay is an inviting crescent shape with beaches spreading over 5 km. Snow-capped mountains (through May) provide a perfect background for the city’s citadel that stretches to the sea. Cobblestone passages crammed with houses, dominated by the Cathédrale Saint Jean-Baptiste, sitting atop the city’s highest point, is found within the citadel's walls. There are all types of water sports available, along with sunbathing and enjoying the beautiful water. Explore the citadel for panoramic views of the bay.

7 Plage De Palombaggia

Since France is one of the most visited countries in the world, Plage de Palombaggia has been voted the best beach in France and considered one of the best beaches in Europe. Surrounded by stony and mountainous slopes, this beach can catch tourists' attention due to its long stretch of lovely white sand with beautiful rocks on the shoreline, gentle waves, and beautiful trees just beyond the sand. The beach is also split into various sections, making it simple to settle near beach amenities or remain secluded.

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6 Réserve Naturelle Des Bouches De Bonifacio

The Bouches de Bonifacio, France's largest nature reserve, spans 80,000 acres between the islands of Corsica and Sardinia. A series of descriptive maps of the various trails have been developed for summer walks in the extreme south of Corsica, more specifically on the territory of the International Marine Park of the Bouches de Bonifacio. These give a brief overview of the routes to be taken, all of which are depicted in stunning watercolors. Meeting fellow nature lovers may allow you to soak up and learn the culture and language.

5 Reserve Naturelle De Scandola

In 1975, the Reserve Naturelle de Scandola, also known as The Scandola Nature reserve, was established and is located within the Corsica Regional Park on the west coast of Corsica. In 1983, the United Nations officially approved this reserve as a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and shrubland. This reserve has fantastical red cliffs and erosion-shaped sceneries, basalt organs, and tafoni. The historic caldera's volcanic red cliffs contrast with the deep blue water creating a breathtaking scene. Covering an area of 10 km of sea and 19.19 km of land, there is much to explore and enjoy.

4 Col De Bavella

Located in the south of the beautiful island in the Corse-du-Sud area of France lies the Col de Bavella, luring tourists with magnificent views and roads that offer up scenic views. The paved road is known as D268, it follows the Solenzara River and is considered one of the island's most scenic roads. Along the road are famous pit stops for cinematic and dramatic views, where tourists take their Instagrammable photos. There are also a few stopovers where visitors are able to chill and take a quick swim in the rock pools.

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3 Foret De Valdo Niello

Foret de Valdo Niello is located in the Department (county) de la Haute-Corse in France. The Valdo-Niello Forest is a natural wonderland of shady Corsican pines. The Laricio Pine is a tree symbolic of Corsica and reaches as high as 50 m. These magnificent trees create a thick woodland that is ideal for a variety of birds like the Corsican Nuthatch as well as native plants. Monte Cinto, Corsica's highest mountain at 2,706 meters and snow-capped even in summer. Hiking and walking paths wind their way through the forest, allowing trekkers to enjoy the natural environment and untouched beauty.

2 Calanques De Piana

In Western Corsica, between Calvi and Ajaccio, south of the village of Piana, travelers will find the Calanques de Piana in the Gulf of Porto. Due to its beautiful, diverse marine ecosystem and unique macchia shrubland, it is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that include other sites in the Gulf of Porto. Another significant place of interest is the Gorges de Spelunca, located east of Porto and features breathtaking mountains and valleys. Between Evisa and Ota, there is a short footpath through the gorges that leads through lovely scenery, similar to the Calanques de Piana.

1 Sartène

The medieval town of Sartène is located in southwest Corsica between Bonifacio and Ajaccio. It calls itself 'the most Corsican of the towns in Corsica' because of its location between the sea and the mountains. The central part of town is the Place de la Liberation (or Place Porta to many locals), a triangular square that features the lovely 18th-century Sainte Marie church. The town is rich in culture and historical statues. Make a visit to the Musée de Préhistoire et d'Archéologie Corse. Wine connoisseurs appreciate the high quality of Sartène wine. Sartène is a good starting point for visiting the important prehistoric sites of Cauria and Palaggiu, prehistoric stone tombs, and Stantari's standing men stone carvings.