Travel Guide to Corsica

Indian Embassy Near Corsica

Address: 13-15 Rue Alfred Dehodencq, 75016 Paris, France

Contact Number: +33 1 40 50 70 70

Visa Process for Indian Visitors to Corsica

  • Original passports with six months validity from date of arrival in Corsica along with the old passports
  • The passport should have two blank pages for stamping purpose
  • Visa application forms
  • A cover letter mentioning the details of the traveller, type of travel, and details of the visit.
  • Confirmed hotel reservation for the complete stay
  • Confirmed air tickets
  • Day-to-day itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Income tax returns or Form 16 for last three years
  • Original and updated personal bank statements for last six months

Time Required: 15 Working Days

About Corsica

Corsica is an island positioned in the Mediterranean Sea and is one of the 18 districts of France. It is sited west of the Italian Peninsula and southeast of the French mainland, with the nearest land mass being the Italian island of Sardinia to the immediate south. A single chain of mountains makes up two-thirds of the island.

Travellers should slot straight into local life upon their arrival in Corsica. They will find plentiful occasions to socialise when in Corsica – imagine the whole family around a table on a restaurant terrace on the beach. All they need is to book their vacation to Corsica today.

Places to Visit in Corsica

Calanques de Piana

Trail the coastal road south-west of Porto to Piana to see an almost dreamlike world of weather-carved pink granite, an other-worldly landscape of bizarrely shaped red figures, often tumbling dramatically into the turquoise sea beneath. Some of the theatrical rocks plunge towards the sea underneath; others stand poised high above at altitudes up to 300 metres, all are captivating and stunning, with the sea serving as the perfect backdrop.

Cap Corse

Prodding like a giant finger from Corsica’s north-eastern corner, the Cap Corse peninsula is a sight to behold and world apart. It is easily seen in a day-trip from Bastia, but travellers can spend their whole holiday exploring its different sides. The east coast, with its systematic green hills, charming little ports and gorgeous beaches, has a dreamy feel, while the west, across the rocky central spine, is much more theatrical, all rocky cliffs, balanced villages and strong winds.

Lavezzi Archipelago

The Lavezzi Islands are a collection of small islands and reefs lying 6 miles (10km) south-east of Bonifacio. The granite rocks, light-coloured sand and a series of small creeks with intense blue colour are as gorgeous as the finest tropical destinations. Snorkelers will have no reluctance in diving into the crystal-clear waters and explore their superb corals and sea beds that are home to hundreds of fishes.

Musée Fesch

In the heart of Ajaccio lies Palais Fesch, and in that construction is the Musée Fesch exhibiting the painting collection amassed by Cardinal Joseph Fesch (1763-1839), Napoleon's maternal uncle and archbishop of Lyons, the primate of the Gauls, a great art lover and important patron. Fesch desired to found an Institute of Arts and Sciences in his native town, and to that end, he bequeathed Ajaccio a thousand paintings from his astonishing collection which at his demise numbered more than 17,000, of which 16,000 were paintings. Of this extraordinary private collection devoted mostly to Italian painting – definitely one of the largest ever to exist – all that remnants today are the paintings on show in this museum. The Cardinal also sold some of the works, and his solitary inheritor Joseph Bonaparte did the same, with the result that the collection no longer contains some of the Giottos, Mantegnas, Raphaels or Rembrandts, that it once did.

How to Reach Corsica

Tourism in Corsica has witnessed a sudden boom in the past few years. Corsica witnesses a lot of tourist activity and is connected to all major airports. The island has four airports - Calvi, Bastia, Figari and Ajaccio. Top airlines offering connectivity to this beautiful island include Jet Airways, Air France, Alitalia, TAP - Air Portugal and more

Travelling in Corsica

Though the best way to cover all of Corsica is by walking, car rental is another popular option to visit the famous tourist places in Corsica. There is no unified bus system in the island, but many private companies with various schedules offer their services to the tourists. Mini-vans run across the island and are efficient. These vans travel along the main routes, however, and do not travel to the interior. Riding a scooter around Corsica is another exciting option, as it offers an up-close-and-personal involvement with the area, especially the coastal roads and lovely beaches

Best Time to Visit Corsica

Corsica enjoys superb summer temperatures and has one of the highest sunshine records in France, with an average of 2,793 hours per year - that is 7.5 hours a day! May - September is the best time to visit Corsica.

What to Pack?

  • 2-3 pairs of cool and comfy shorts
  • Quick drying T-shirts
  • A few flowy beach dresses
  • Sunscreen, umbrella and hat
  • A light jacket or warm sweater to tackle sudden change in the temperature

Top Delicacies

Civet de sanglier (Wild boar casserole)

Perhaps, the signature dish of Corsica, Civet de sanglier is a rich, hearty casserole with the ‘gamey’ flavour of boar, mixed with carrots, onions, garlic, chestnuts, fennel and generous quantities of eau de vie and, of course, red wine that forms a fundamental part of the recipe. When in Corsica, this dish is a must-try.

Veau aux olives (Veal with olives)

A prevalent slow-cooked stew, full of flavour with tender veal, olives, tomatoes, onions and herbs from the Maquis as well as a generous dash of white or rosé wine.

Agneau Corse (Corsican lamb)

Typically, slow roasted with whole garlic cloves, fresh rosemary and potatoes, this traditional dish seldom needs accompaniments!

Healthcare Centres

It is advisable to keep the list of popular healthcare centres to be always prepared for any emergency that may encounter during the trip. As a measure, one should always invest in a travel insurance policy to keep the journey secured from all sides. Here is a list of popular healthcare centres of Corsica.

Centre Hospitalier Notre-Dame De La Misericorde

Address: 27 Avenue Impératrice Eugénie, 20000 Ajaccio, France

Contact Number: +33 00495299090

 

Centre Hospitalier Départemental Castelluccio

Address: Chemin de Saint-Antoine, 20000 Ajaccio, France

Contact Number: +33 00495293636

 

Centre Hospitalier De Bastia

Address: Hopital Flaconaja, 20200 Bastia, France

Contact Number: +33 00495591111

Currency

The official currency of Corsica is Euro.

Basics of Local Communication

Here we are sharing some common phrase in French to make your stay in Corsica more pleasant

Hello : Bonjour

Thank You : Je vous remercie

Yes : Oui

No : Non

I am Sorry : je suis désolé

Help : Aidez-moi

Do You Know This Address? : Connaissez-vous cette adresse?

How Much? : Combien?

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