Introduction to Corsica

One of the Mediterranean’s best-kept secrets, Corsica was once known as Kalliste, 'the most beautiful': a fitting tribute to its stunning Caribbean-style beaches, rugged mountains and legendary maquis wilderness. Two centuries of French ownership have diminished none of the island's strong national pride and on a holiday in Corsica, you’ll discover how much there is to be proud of. An extraordinary history is evident in its ancient citadels and lies along the twisting coastal roads that take you into traditional villages and glamorous towns reminiscent of a 1960s' Bond film.

Luxury lies in the exclusivity of Corsica and our luxury villas, apartments, and boutique hotels have been chosen to help you make the most of it.

Quotes

  • “This was the central week of our honeymoon to Corsica. We LOVED everything about the villa. We honestly couldn't fault a single thing about it… it was heaven.”

    Nigel Savage, Villa Bule, Porto Vecchio & Bonifacio 2017

  • “This was our second visit to Corsica with Simpson and we had a wonderful time in the stunning Villa Alta. Waking up to the breathtaking views across the bay, followed by breakfasts on the terrace watching eagles and kites flying overhead heralded days of visiting the many sights and experiences that Corsica has to offer...”

    Colin Peters, Villa L'Alta, The Valinco 2017

  • "Another excellent holiday with Simpson Travel, fantastic location and lovely villa. We are looking forward to our next trip."

    Anthony North, Villa Davia, Calvi & The Balagne 2017

  • “Our second holiday booked with Simpson in 2 years, and this holiday was as good as the first. We know that we can rely on Simpson to have quality villas in beautiful unspoilt areas, and with the advantage of a friendly knowledgeable rep or concierge in the background should you need it.”

    Kaye Bridgewater, Villa Mare, Calvi & The Balagne 2017

  • “Great service, great reception wonderful location, quite magical. We like Corsica, but this trip was the best so far.”

    Asha Richards, A Casarella, Porto Vecchio & Bonifacio 2017

Regions in Corsica

The largest of our island destinations offers a hundred different summer holidays in one, less than three hours from the UK. Imbued with the French sophistication and more than a hint of Italian glamour, luxury holidays in Corsica draw on the richness of its history, culture and unspoilt landscape. From pristine white sandy beaches to dramatic mountain scenery, cosmopolitan harbour towns to ancient hilltop villas, vineyards to boutiques, you’ll find tradition rubbing shoulders with a 21st-century appreciation for the finer things in life.

 

Calvi & The Balagne

Set in an idyllic countryside of olive and fruit groves, vineyards and tiny hilltop villages, holidays in the Balagne, the Garden of Corsica, have a very special flavour. Calvi is a highlight: a walled citadel on an outcrop of granite that marries historic cobbled streets, a gently shelving sandy beach and vibrant contemporary culture. 

Central Corsica

The spectacular heart of the island claims some of its most magnificent scenery, from the forests of Castagniccia to the gorges of the Restonica Valley. Brooding Corte is ideally located for exploring the Corsican Parc Naturel, while Aléria is rich in history yet within easy reach of the quieter east coast beaches.

Porto Vecchio & Bonifacio

Near the Caribbean-style beaches of the south, the elegant towns of Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio are infused with Italian charm, yet have a uniquely Corsican feel. Their ancient cobbled streets are dotted with cafés, boutiques and restaurants – a contrast to the romantic villages, mountains and lush countryside further inland.

St Florent & Cap Corse

Journeying north, discover St Florent, a town with a distinctly French character. Set against a backdrop of misty lavender mountains and basking at the neck of Cap Corse looking out on its azure gulf, the nearby vineyards of Nebbiu and Patrimonio produce excellent local wines.

The Valinco

Loved for its pristine beaches and watersports, The Gulf of Valinco is home to one of Corsica’s oldest resorts, chic Propriano, which still retains much of its former fishing village authenticity. Filitosa, one of Europe’s most important prehistoric sites and home to the famous menhirs, lies in the countryside nearby.

West Coast of Corsica

Sheltered by tree-covered hills, Ajaccio, Corsica’s capital and the birthplace of Napoleon, is the main attraction on Corsica’s West Coast – a town of pastel-coloured façades and a palm-trees bordered waterfront. However, follow the jagged coastline north and you’ll discover the dramatic UNESCO-protected Gulf of Porto.