A week spent driving and hiking around beautiful Corsica in the Mediterranean.
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Europe2 days / October 2021
Highs & Lows
Fresh goat cheese wherever you turn!
Corsicans are rumored not to serve the same quality food to visitors as to islanders. And it shows!
We arrived in Bastia via ferry from the Italian coast. Not far from the ferry terminal, we rented a car and drove to the quaint, beachy town of Calvi on Corsica's northwest shore. The town is straddled by a bay and a huge windswept peninsula jetting out into the sea. With homes and eateries still occupying the old stone Citadella di Calvi, it really feels like a trip back in time. My girlfriend had to work all week from our Airbnb, but I (unemployed for the moment) got to explore the island's beaches, viewpoints, hikes, and yes, the many, many goats. The variation in climate on the island is stunning. On the same day, you can hike through oak and pine forests in the cold, gusty mountains and you can enjoy a cocktail on the warm, sandy beach at sunset. My favorite experiences in Corsica were the hikes, so here are two of my favorites.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I would have gone earlier in the year for better weather.
How was the food?
Honestly, we never found very good food in Corsica. We've heard from French friends that visitors, even from mainland France, are served lower-quality food than locals. One time, I ordered pasta carbonara that was so bad I took it home and boiled off the sauce to salvage the pasta.
What tips would you give a friend?
Hike as much as you can!
Car travel is definitely the easiest way to get around Corsica. It would have been tough to get anywhere without one. Be careful on the country roads, though. They're very narrow and people drive very fast!