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We’re craving a Corsican getaway

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Corsica. The fourth largest island in the Mediterranean boasting dramatic mountain peaks, warm weather and stunning coasts. Many have described the island as every beach lover’s dream, yet foodies, history geeks and adventurers still flock to the island yearly.

Why? Well…

La Maison Bonaparte

 

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Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Rue Saint-Charles in Ajaccio in 1769, and you can still visit his childhood home! La Maison Bonaparte will transport you right back to 18th century France thanks to its portraits and furniture. You will feel very close to one of the world’s most famous rulers during your visit.

Calvi

 

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The citadel was fortified in the 12th century, and today offers the best views of all of Corsica from atop its high bastions. You can explore all the streets and alleys of the citadel in just one hour. Just make sure you do not miss the chance to pop by the Cathédrale St-Jean Baptiste for a peak at the Christ des Miracles. Locals believed it saved the citadel from a Saracen invasion back in 1553.

Réserve Naturelle de Scandola

 

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Dubbed the jewel of the Gulf of Porto, this World Heritage Site extends above and below sea level. There is no trail access to the reserve, but you will be able to explore this natural paradise by boat. You will feel all your worries pale into insignificance at the site of the clear blue waters and picturesque cliffs.

Plage de Palombaggia  

 

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Truly deserving of the phrase ‘idyllic’, the Plage de Palombaggia is just south of Port-Vecchio in Corsica. You will not want to remove yourself from its perfectly turquoise waters. You can catch some shade beneath the stretches of pine trees along the sand if the sun’s getting to you.