Our pick of the best towns, resorts, and villages to visit in Corsica is intended to help you select the most suitable place for you to stay on the island. If you’re planning a holiday in Corsica, you have plenty of options for where to stay. Corsica is filled with places that offer a unique personality and distinctive set of attractions to explore, so you can have the holiday experience you want.

    From quaint countryside to gorgeous beachfronts and lively towns, take a look at the best towns, villages and beach resorts in Corsica to plan your trip and make the most of the experience.

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    Centuri

    A picturesque port village packed with quaint cafés

    The small harbour town of Centuri is among the best places to stay in Corsica. One of the most picturesque villages around, it's home to pebbled beaches, rocky coastline and tiny islands that dot the crystal-blue bay.

    All around the shoreline, you’ll find waterfront cafés and restaurants overlooking the harbour and fishing boats that give the entire area a postcard look. The port is active, so you’ll be treated to fresh fish and shellfish all day in local restaurants.

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    Algajola

    A historical place for exciting beach activities

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    The resort area of Algajola is a popular seaside destination for European travellers. It’s home to a 16th-century fort on the waterfront and long, sandy beaches for fun in the sun. Like much of Corsica, the beaches are pebbled and washed by gorgeous waters of blue, green and turquoise.

    Water sports like snorkelling and surfing are popular in Algajola, as is simply enjoying the sunbathing and swimming. You could also venture away from the village to spend time on the nude beach if you want to work on an all-over tan. If you want to take in the views, hire a bike and experience the sights of the village and coastline.

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    Venzolasca

    High cliffs and historical highlights

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    Perched high over the sea, Venzolasca is a charming village with dramatic cliffs and a long, sandy beach just a few kilometres away. Only 30 km from Bastia, Venzolasca offers a quiet escape from the crowded traveller areas, but it’s still close enough for all the sightseeing.

    You could lounge on the beach and take in the views of the blue water with fishing boats and ships, or you can venture out for water sports like snorkelling, diving and windsurfing. Throughout the village, you’ll find many historical sites like the Convent of St Francis of Venzolasca and the Church of the Annonciade.

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    Soveria

    One of the most beautiful villages in Corsica

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    Soveria is one of the most beautiful villages in all of Corsica. Located in the Talcini region, Soveria is a traditional village with a mountainous landscape and quaint homes and buildings. Photographers and artists flock to the area to be inspired by its landscape, but it’s also perfect for a quiet country retreat.

    During your stay, you can see historic attractions like Obelisco di Garibaldi, a local landmark, and Abbazia di Santa Maria di Corazzo, a historic abbey with unique architecture.

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    Cargese

    A Corsican town with a distinctly Greek feel

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    Located in Southern Corsica, Cargese is an ancient city with low mountains, lush forests and a jagged coastline with historic towers. You can visit places like Punta d’Orchinu, Punta d’Ormigna and Punta di Cargese to get spectacular coastal views.

    As a former Greek village, Cargese still has white homes with blue shutters and several Greek churches. A few beautiful beaches are found here as well, including Chiuni, Peru, Stagnoli and Menasina. You can spend your time exploring the historic landmarks and relaxing on the beaches to take in the sunshine.

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    Ghisoni

    A great destination for nature lovers

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    The stunning village of Ghisoni is surrounded by nature and offers a serene escape from the city. The ancient village dates back to the 16th century, and its remarkable appeal can be seen in narrow streets, intimate courtyards and historic gates.

    Along with relaxing and experiencing the local charms, Ghisoni is a haven for adventurers. Thanks to its numerous stellar peaks, it’s one of the best places to ski in Corsica, and many outdoor enthusiasts stay here for its access to Monte Renoso.

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    Évisa

    A small-town destination with great hiking trails

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    Évisa is a great choice if you want the small-town experience. The village is known for its chestnuts and the artisan goods created from their harvests, such as candied sweets and flour jam.

    Several hiking trails are found in and around Évisa, all travelling through the serene mountains that surround it. Trails also cut through the gorges of Évisa and the dense Aitone Forest. You’ll find beautiful landmarks as well, such as the Church of Saint Martin.

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    Belgodère

    Explore the nearby Corsica Natural Park

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    Located in the Balagne region, Belgodère is a beautiful village on the hills of L’lle Rousse. It’s on the border of the Corsica Natural Park, making it a haven for adventurers and nature lovers.

    You can see stunning views of the Regino Valley from the ruined castle at the top of the hill, and the village is dotted with gorgeous historic homes and traditional buildings. There’s also a beach at Lozari, which has a holiday village. For more outdoor fun, Codole Lake is nearby for water sports.

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    Olmeto

    Try some of the local seafood

    Olmeto is foodie heaven. Located around a marina, Olmeto is filled with restaurants and cafés with intimate terraces serving delicious seafood and regional delicacies. The harbour is a popular spot for boat tours and water sport excursions.

    Throughout the village, you’ll see remnants of Old Corsica in cobbled streets and tiled gables, along with quaint shops and more cafés serving local fare. There’s also a beach nearby for relaxing days in the sun on the shore of the Gulf of Valinco.

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    Girolata

    Find serenity away from the crowds

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    Girolata rests on the border of the Scandola Nature Reserve and is a popular Corsica destination. It offers a quiet spot with scenic mountains surrounding a turquoise bay and eucalyptus trees.

    Only accessible by boat, Girolata has a few amenities for travellers, but it retains more authenticity than the more popular tourist destinations. You won’t find chain hotels, car hire or tourist traps here. During your stay, be sure to visit the nature reserve to experience the serenity of nature and the local wildlife.

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