Corsica is a perfect family holiday destination: adventurous (think sailing, diving, rafting, riding and hiking) but with plenty of opportunity to relax too, on wonderful beaches or over a Mediterranean feast. The island has only been French for 200 of its 4,000-year history, so it offers something rather special: it's a wild, mountainous, beautiful place but one with the sophistication of many French resorts.
Things to do with kids in Corsica
Go sailing from any number of beaches, horse-riding up into the hills or along the coast, or mountain-biking. Corsica excels as an extreme sports destination but many activities can be easily modified for children. With older kids, there's white-water rafting, canyoning and excellent fishing and diving.
Head for the beaches around L'lle-Rousse and Calvi – not only some of the most beautiful on Corsica but also ones with the best family facilities. They do get packed in the height of summer – for alternatives, try Campomoro or La Liscia, where the watersports are superb and there are good cafés.
Don't miss Les Calanques de Piana, a spectacular landscape of red granite cliffs carved into bizarre shapes by nature, spiralling 300m over the sea.
Make time to explore some of the island's fascinating towns, including the capital Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio.
Canyoning in Corsica.
Corsican cuisine, influenced by French and Italian cooking, is fabulous. There are enough familiar dishes to satisfy even the fussiest children, though often they come with a local twist. This a fertile, lush island with wonderful local ingredients and acclaimed wines. The chestnut, described as the most important ingredient in island cuisine, features in delicious sauces and stews, while local cheeses, meats and fish are superb.
Sunset in Corsica.
When to go to Corsica
The best time to bring the kids to Corsica is May–early July and Sept/Oct. Late July and all of August are very busy, mainly with Italian and French holidaymakers. From May to October, daytime temperatures usually exceed 21°C, climbing to 35°C or more in July/Aug.
Bargain family-holiday packages in self-catering apartments on Corsica start from as little as £150pp/week, or you can really splash out on a luxury secluded villa.
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Flying time2.25hrs All flight times are based on flights from UK London airports, to the capital or nearest destination airport.
Carbon footprint1.11 CO2 Estimated tonnes of CO2 produced for return flights for a family of four.
Diving in Corsica.
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