Best time to visit Corsica

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Best time of year to visit Corsica

Picturesque cliffs, secluded beaches, and rich culture make Corsica a magnet for tourists. The best time to visit Corsica is from May to October when the sea is warm, and the weather is pleasant to stay outdoors all day long. Cycle through the mountains or hike the famous GR 20 route, one of the hardest and most stunning trails in Europe. September is a perfect time to enjoy beaches without crowds, listen to the Corsican Polyphonic singing, and indulge in wine, sardines, anchovies, hazelnut, game meats, and other local products. In winter, lots of hotels and restaurants close their doors, but there are plenty of things to do around the island from skiing and surfing to visiting authentic towns and collecting maquis herbs.

18 THINGS TO DO IN CORSICA (SEPTEMBER 11 - SEPTEMBER 20)

Secret Hideaways

Secret Hideaways

April–September • activity

Ever dreamed of escaping to a hideaway resort?

Polyphonic Song Festival

Polyphonic Song Festival

September 10–14, 2019 • event

A music festival which represents Corsica's cultural identity

Cycling around the Island

Cycling around the Island

May–June | September–October  • activity

Enjoy the island's natural beauty by bicycle

Boat Trips Around Corsica

Boat Trips Around Corsica

May–October • activity

Discover Corsica's beautiful seaside and mountain landscape on a remarkable boat ride

Hiking the GR20 or Grande Radonnee 20

Hiking the GR20 or Grande Radonnee 20

late June–September  • activity

The most challenging and beautiful hiking trail in Europe

Hazelnut Season

Hazelnut Season

August–September • food

Local hazelnuts—a source of inspiration for numerous delicious sweets

Corsican Chestnut Beer

Corsican Chestnut Beer

May–September • food

A native beer flavour invented on Corsica

Chapon Fish

Chapon Fish

June–October • food

Chance to try a unique and tasty seafood specialty

Almond Harvest

Almond Harvest

August–September  • food

Almond orchards in Aregno are both beautiful and delicious

Kite and Windsurfing

Kite and Windsurfing

April–October • activity

Corsica is a great place to learn kite and wind surfing

Surfing

Surfing

September–February • activity

Good waves arrive to Corsica with the cold

Wine Season

Wine Season

September–November • food

Don't miss an opportunity to try local wine—enigmatic and hard to find outside Corsica

Sardines

Sardines

September–February • food

Try a delicious Corsican specialty—sardines with brocciu and wild herbs

Squid

Squid

June–February • food

Experience true Mideterranean cuisine with Corsican squid dishes

Honey Delights

Honey Delights

March–September  • food

The great variety of aromatic Corsican honey is something not be missed

"Maquis" Herbs

"Maquis" Herbs

September–February • food

All secrets of Corsica's culinary arts are hidden in the local herbs

Anchovies

Anchovies

September–February • food

A very ingredient in many Corsican dishes

Hunting Season Foods

Hunting Season Foods

late August–January • food

It is the right time to try Corsican meat specialties

19 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Venaco Cheese Fair or A Fiera di u Casgiu

Venaco Cheese Fair or A Fiera di u Casgiu

May 02–03, 2020 • event

Discover Corsican cheese traditions!

Festival of Corsican Wine or Fiera di u Vinu

Festival of Corsican Wine or Fiera di u Vinu

July 09–10, 2019 • event

Fragrant local wines and an atmosphere of celebration

Snorkelling and Diving

Snorkelling and Diving

March–April • activity

Corsican marine life is rich and diverse attracting both professional and amateur divers

Sun and Fun: Beach Season

Sun and Fun: Beach Season

July–August • activity

Prepare for lively and energetic beach holidays in Corsica

Brocciu

Brocciu

October–May • food

An exquisite Corsican sheep cheese

Olive Harvest

Olive Harvest

October–December • food

Taste the olives and the aromatic oil

Les Nuits de la Guitare de Patrimonio

Les Nuits de la Guitare de Patrimonio

July 20–27, 2019 • event

The Nights of Guitar is a great rock music event on Corsica

Fish and Seafood Festival

Fish and Seafood Festival

May 29–31, 2019 • food

A great variety of delicious seafood dishes at the St. Erasmus festival I Pescadori in Festa in Ajaccio

Wildflowers in Bloom

Wildflowers in Bloom

late March–May • nature

Check out the charming and picturesque island of Corsica in bloom

Figatelli

Figatelli

November–March • food

Sausages by traditional recipe—a special winter treat

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

February–early March • activity

Some serious mountains in Corsica are available for winter sports

Chestnut Season

Chestnut Season

October–December • food

Time to try the variety of freshly-made chestnut products

Hazelnut Festival or Fiera di a Nuciola in Cervione

Hazelnut Festival or Fiera di a Nuciola in Cervione

August 17–18, 2019 • event

A delicious festival to celebrate the hazelnut harvest

Almond Trees in Bloom

Almond Trees in Bloom

early March • nature

A delightful natural sight of spring in Corsica

Lobster

Lobster

March–August • food

One of Corsica's signature dishes

Festival du Film de Lama

Festival du Film de Lama

July 27–August 02, 2019 • event

International film festival in a Corsican village

Caprettu Goat Stew

Caprettu Goat Stew

Christmas Time • food

A mouth watering Corsican Christmas specialty

Oursinade

Oursinade

November–April • food

An exotic ocean treat which you can gather yourself while diving

Corsican Clementines

Corsican Clementines

November–January • food

A juicy locally grown citrus delight