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Welcome to the French island off the coast of Italy…

A mountain in the sea with palm-fringed bays and intimate coves, Corsica is an unspoilt Mediterranean delight just a two-hour flight away from London.

 

Culture and history

Corsicans are generally easy going and very hospitable. The island is predominantly Roman Catholic and you will see carvings, paintings and emblems of the Virgin Mary dotted all across the island but, like much of France, church attendance is very low.

Local crafts and produce are celebrated with festivals organised by passionate volunteers.

Food and drink is taken very seriously in Corsica so the standards in restaurants are high. The cooking is inspired by the land and therefore full of sun-loving fruits, vegetables, cured meats and cheeses. Local specialties include wild boar (‘sanglier’) and trout from the crystal-clear rivers.

By some considerable distance, Corsica’s most famous son is Monsieur N. Bonaparte.

Flight time

It takes less than two hours to fly from London to Corsica.

Currency

Euro - The euro is the official currency. Sterling can be exchanged in banks.

Passports and visas

It’s a good idea to carry a photocopy of your passport with you on holiday. You do not need a visa.

Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports and visas.

Phrases

A few words of French…

Bonjour - Hello

Bonne nuit - Good night

Merci - Thank you

S'il vous plait - Please

Combien? - How much?

Timezone

Corsica is one hour ahead of GMT.

Electricity

Mains voltage is 220 volts AC (50 cycles). All sockets take small, round two-pin plugs so you’ll need to bring an adaptor if you want to use British appliances.

Language

French - French is spoken in Corsica, but most staff at your hotel will understand some English.

Tipping

Although a service charge will be added to your restaurant bill, this will not reach the waiter or waitress who served you so please hand them a couple of euros directly for good service.

Climate

Although part of France, the island of Corsica lies much closer to coast of Italy. It therefore has a Mediterranean climate where the heat of summer is tempered by offshore breezes.

Although in winter you can ski in the mountains, you can usually enjoy temperatures of up to 16ºC on the coast, and the sea is still warm in the autumn.

Health

Tap water in Corsica is generally safe to drink but due to its high-chlorine content in some areas, you may prefer to drink bottled mineral water.

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.

Population and size

The population of Corsica is around 300,000, which is roughly the same as the number of people who live in Nottingham.

Corsica is roughly the same size as Yorkshire.

Smoking

As in all EU countries, smoking is banned on public transport and in public places. Anyone flouting the law is liable to an on-the-spot fine.