Head off the mainland during a tour of France with a trip to Corsica
While it may not be part of a mainland tour of France, the island of Corsica is still a very popular destination. Located off the country's southeast coast in the Mediterranean sea, this island has something for everyone, whether you want to lounge on the beach, sample its diverse culture or explore its hiking trails.There are plenty of activities you can add to your itinerary during your trip to Corisca, but there are a few in particular that shouldn't be missed.
Aiguilles de Bavella
Corisca is home to some of the most varied and stunning landscapes you're likely to find in Europe, something that is especially evident at Aiguilles de Bavella. Also known as the Bavella Needles, this mountainous formation not only offers a breathtaking panorama, it is also a challenging hike if you're in the mood to get your adrenaline pumping during your time in Corsica. The peaks rise as high as 5,250 feet in some places, and if the day is clear enough you are afforded an unfettered view of the Notre Dame des Neiges a Trappist monastery that dates back to the 1850s.
Hit the seas
Hiking isn't the only adventure you can find in Corsica, as the island also offers plenty of opportunities for kayaking. The activity has grown in popularity among tourists in recent years and offers travelers one of the most unique ways to experience the island. In fact, many travel experts recommend kayaking to those who want to get a up close look at the eco-system off the Corsica coast.
"You glide along at water level, without making a sound or disturbing the aquatic or terrestrial wildlife, enjoying the shimmering turquoise of hidden streams, all under the watchful gaze of the Genoese Towers," Louis Azaram, director of the sports collective Objectif Nature, told Lonely Planet.
Enjoy the island's history
Of course, there is more to Corsica than adventure travel. There are also many chances experience the rich history of the island. Many of Corisca's famous buildings reside in the town of Bonifacio, including the Église Saint-Dominique de Bonifacio, which stands out as the largest church on the island. Completed in the 1300s, this iconic building includes traces of both Gothic and Romanesque architecture.