Go to a concert of Corsican polyphonic singing to truly fall under the island’s spell. Included on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2009, this haunting musical tradition is performed by small groups all over Corsica in a range of venues – but consider choosing a large church or cathedral, where the acoustics really add to the experience. The official festival devoted to this singing is held in September – the Rencontres Polyphoniques de Calvi.
For something lighter and louder, time your holiday with the Calvi on the Rocks electro festival (June/July) and dance the night away on the beach. Ajaccio also hosts a jazz festival every June, showcasing some of the most exciting artists of the international and French jazz scene today.