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Why the island of Corsica offers the best day trips by road

Written on : 23 August 2017
A Corsican road trip

A Corsican road trip

Corsica, also accurately known as the ‘Island of Beauty’ has so much to offer those lucky enough to visit there. The island is full of must see places and so what better way to see them all than by hiring a car and being free to explore whenever and wherever you like?

Renting a car is the best way to get around the island of Corsica as public transportation links are sparse. Furthermore, it gives you the freedom to explore as much or as little of the island as you wish and at a pace that suits you.

A car rental specialist can help you organise a hire car as well as the ideal itinerary that suits your needs and requirements no matter where your luxury villa is located on the island. Here are some ideas for the ultimate day trip by road so you don’t miss anything on this island that subtly mixes French culture with Italian tradition.

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From Ajaccio

From Ajaccio

Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica is an impressive town, rich in history because of Napoleon Bonaparte. If you choose to rent a villa here you will be able to enjoy the beautiful landscapes as well as the sublime culture and places of interest within the city. From here it is easy to access the mountain with your car or reach the beaches that are isolated and less crowded. Corsican roads are known to be quite windy, however at each turn in the road you will be amazed with a new landscape to admire.

From Ajaccio there are three major routes worth taking:

  1. You can visit the West coast quite easily where you will enjoy driving along the small, narrow roads that lead to the little towns along the way. Piana, Porto, Cargese and Sagone are just waiting to be explored.
  2. You can also visit the Ajaccio region where you can drive to the beautiful beaches in the South and visit the forest of Vizzavona. Have fun exploring the surroundings of the capital - Lake Tolla, Bastelica, or Bocognano, the choice is yours!
  3. The Valinco region is also worth a visit during your road trip from Ajaccio where you can see the gulf of Valinco as well as the prehistoric site in Sartene.
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From Calvi

From Calvi

Calvi, situated in the North of Corsica is the ideal starting point for exploring the Northern part of the island with your car. If you choose to rent a villa here you will be able to admire the contrasts of the island, between beaches and views, mountain and sea. From here you are ideally located near to the beauty of the West coast as well as the airport.

From Calvi there are three major routes worth taking:

  1. You can visit the centre of Corsica and discover the mountainous landscapes where the unique beauty in the valley of Restonica will amaze you.
  2. The charming region of Castagniccia is also worth a visit as it still very traditional allowing you to delve into Corsican history for a day.
  3. You can also visit Balagne to discover the secrets of this astounding region. Here you will find beautiful, yet wild beaches and also small villages that offer breathtaking and extraordinary views of the gulfs.
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The open road awaits

The open road awaits

Travelling is all about exploring and visiting new places, but also, tasting and discovering the very best a destination has to offer whether it be local favourites or tourist hotspots. Corsica offers some of the best road trips with plenty of unbelievable places and stunning scenery to capture. No matter where your luxury villa is located, whether it be Ajaccio, Calvi, Saint Florent or Bonifacio, Villanovo can help you to organise day trips. So what are you waiting for? Pack your suitcase and jet off to sunny Corsica for an unforgettable trip!

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