To see some of the island's most striking natural landscapes, follow the Col de Bavella, a mountain pass that boasts spectacular views of the Aiguilles de Bavella (the Bavella "needles", called that for its spiry peaks). A part of the G20 trail runs from the Notre Dame des Neiges statue all the way up to the massif.
The capital of Corsica and the birthplace of Napoléon Bonaparte, Ajaccio is an attractive seaside settlement with an animated yet slow-paced street life. Some of its primary attractions include the Maison Bonaparte (the Bonaparte family's ancestral home) and the fine arts museum Musée Fesch, containing works of great masters such as Titian and Botticelli.
Perched atop a towering rock platform in Bonifacio, just 12 kilometres from Sardinia, Italy, is the island's oldest citadel. This must-visit attraction exudes a relaxed and uncomplicated vibe that feels more like southern Italy than France. Its dramatic location adds to its charm and makes it a unique experience.
One of the island's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the wondrous cliffs of Piana are best seen in the evening when the natural reds of the earth light up in the rays of the setting sun. Another way to see the cliffs is from the water, on a boat cruise in the Gulf of Porto.
Corsica's diverse landscape is home to many natural canyons that are ideal for families and beginners to explore. Organised tours take groups to canyons such as the Richiusa at Bocognano, as well as lesser-known canyons throughout the island. These canyons offer an exciting and unique way to experience Corsica's natural beauty. One company offering guided excursions is Canyon Corse.
Once known for its notorious banditry and rival gangs, the scenic town of Sartène has long left the grim of its past behind. However, it still maintains the historic tradition of reenacting Jesus' journey to Calvary on Good Friday each year. The town's church of St Mary displays the 35-kilogram cross and 17-kilogram chain used in the reenactment, preserving this important aspect of its history.