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Corsica Map: Cities to Visit in Corsica


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Corsica Map: Cities in Corsica to visit.

Corsica map © 2006 by James Martin
Corsica is about 133 miles north/south by 50 miles, for a total land area of 3,352 square miles. Corsica is really just one big mountain sticking out of the sea, having several peaks over 2000 meters high. The island is covered by maquis, a pungent combo of lavender myrtle and heather, as well as pine and chestnut forests.

There are just over a quarter of a million people residing on Corsica and a good percentage of those live in the two largest cities of Ajaccio and Bastia, which have international airports. Corsica is populated much less densly than its neighboring land masses, so a vacation should take into account the many nature reserves and wildlife areas, as well as the beaches of Corsica.

Ajaccio, Napoleon's hometown and Corsica's capital, is a good place to start your vacation. Head for the port, the old village, and the markets.

Corte is where the cultural fanatics will want to head; traditionally people on the islands of Corsica or Sardinia harbor a distrust of the sea and the invaders and pirates who use it, so the inland is where the "real" population has a chance to show its stuff. Above all, eat here, especially if you've come outside the high season, when wild game shows up on the table.

Folks who like the sea will appreciate the riviera-like Calvi for its seaside, if not its citadel. If you're going on to Sardinia, just 14 km away, you might head over to Bonifacio, with its spectacularly situated fortress.

Sartene was founded in the 16th century, and is the most typical of Corsican towns. Sartene is where you start if you're interested in Corsica's prehistory; the Musee Departemental de Prehistoire Corse is found in the town's old prison. 16 miles northwest of Sartene is Filitosa, the site of Corsica's biggest group of megalithic statues (open June-August).

The best source of inside information on Corsica on the net is William Keyser's ambitious Corsica Isula - Corsica from the inside.

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