Hikes with the kids
Corsica is rich in varied landscapes and offers all kinds of hiking excursions.
Somewhere between hiking and climbing, via ferrata is particularly popular with adventurous types - traverse the rock faces along a series of rungs, ladders and walkways. This activity isn't supervised, and only for children aged 11 and over.
Looking for a more relaxing activity? The coastal hike in Bonifacio is a safe bet. Visit the extreme south of Corsica - Bonifacio and its limestone cliffs - and soak up the sun in one of the largest coves of the island, with its immense white sand beaches. If you'd rather enjoy the crystal clear waters themselves, opt for the Aquatic Travo. This river hike is suitable for little ones: take breaks by whooshing down natural slides or jumping into the clear water basins. After a couple of hours of walking, you arrive at the bathing site of the three natural pools of Chisa. The hike to the Tavignano gorges should also refresh you. Start your walk at the citadel of Corte and follow the path through the mountains and over the valley. Don't forget your swimming costumes - it's a shame not to bathe in such a setting!
The island by boat
A boat is a great means of exploring Corsica, and take in the sights without getting too tired. Discover Bonifacio by taking to the sea at Porto Vecchio and visiting the Lavezzi islands nature reserve, as well as the sea caves and cliffs of Bonifacio. The view of Bonifacio's cliffs from the water is truly spectacular. In Porto you can easily rent a zodiac (or a small boat with a skipper) and sail along the calanques. If you like diving, there are beautiful spots all along the route.
During the day or in the evening while enjoying a beautiful sunset, discover the bay of Favone by pirogue. Take advantage of the turquoise waters to discover the seabed and the small caves with a mask and snorkel. If you're on the Saint-Florent side, take the Popeye navette which takes you out to admire the wild lands of the Desert des Agriates. Stops are possible at Lotu and Saleccia beaches.
Sun, sea and sand
In the north of Corsica, near Saint-Florent, you'll find plenty of small beaches. This is an ideal area to visit if you arrive into Bastia - it's close to the airport and the perfect entry point to Cap Corse, the island's wild northern peninsula. Here there are typical villages including Nonza, Erbalunga, Sisco and Ersa, whose Mattei windmill offers fabulous views. At Bravone Beach, which is cleaned by hand each day, kids can play on the fine sand without any worries. There are also inflatable water games. Algajola Beach, served by a beach train, is supervised and equipped and has a magnificent view of the small village of Aregno.
If you're in Calvi, head to the Pinède Beach. This long beach of fine sand, bordered by a pretty pine forest (hence its name) offers a breathtaking view of Calvi and its citadel. It's regularly cleaned and ideal for children. In fact, you can visit all the beaches of the Balagne in one trip, by taking the little train that runs between Calvi and Ile-Rousse. The water often laps just a few metres from the rails.
Corsica's resident animals
As you travel along Corsica's roads, you're bound to come across plenty of free-roaming animals. Pigs, goats, sheep and donkeys will greet you if you go deep into the hinterland. Be careful and drive slowly. Herds of animals roam freely and never hesitate to cross the road just around corners! Even if you're warned, you'll still always be surprised and happy to see these animals circling the car. It's a real Corsican safari!
Corsica has special zoos where you can admire other animals, such as A Cupulatta , dedicated to tortoises and turtles ('cupulatta' means tortoise in Corsican). Here in the Gravona valley near Ajaccio, there are Hermann's turtles, Seychelles turtles and water turtles - discover the different species and their habitat, diet and behaviour. Some hide under the leaves, some rest in the sun, some are curious and approach the barriers while others remain at a safe distance. A fun and educational outing to enjoy as a family.
Quirky island accommodation
Situated 15km from Ghisonaccia and the sea, in the village of Pietroso, the Casetta di u Banditu or 'Bandit's Cabin' is a unique place to stay. The design, creature comforts and attention to detail at this rustic hut will surprise you.
Those who love camping will appreciate another quirky place. At the heart of the Bavella massif, the Yourtes de Zonza offer nights in an authentic Mongolian yurt, an Indian teepee or a safari lodge tent with all modern comforts. Guests can take advantage of the Rizzanese river which meanders through the estate.