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Corsica

Our verdict:

Corsica may be part of France but this wild, rugged island has a character all of its own – with atmospheric beachfront towns, spectacular mountains and unspoilt villages where life goes on as it has for generations. New flights in 2019 make it more accessible than ever before, and accommodation ranges from charming B&Bs to luxury spa hotels and village boltholes.

Recommended tour operator: Corsican Places

Corsican Places says

A short break on Corsica is such an easy option with our new flights from Stansted to Ajaccio and Bastia – just over two hours’ flying time. Departures in 2019 are on Thursdays and Sundays between May and October – ideal for a midweek or weekend escape to this captivating French island in the heart of the Med.

We make it all very simple for you too, with flights, car hire or private transfers and B&B hotel accommodation included in the price. Short breaks in 2019 cost from £599 per person for three nights.

We’ve hand-picked three of our favourite hotels which we think work particularly well for a long weekend or mid-week break.

Hôtel Les Mouettes is a seaside gem, just a 20-minute walk away from the heart of Ajaccio. Built in the late 19th century, it exudes elegant charm with its own private beach and swimming pool. With just 27 rooms and suites, we love the sense of intimacy and tranquility.

Bastia’s vibrant shops, markets, restaurants and characterful old port are all on the doorstep of Hôtel des Gouverneurs. Stunning sea views and an indoor pool add to the hotel’s appeal but it’s all about the location – a particularly good choice for foodies.

The five-star Sofitel Golfe d’Ajaccio Thalassa Sea & Spa is the ideal option for a more hotel-centric break with the emphasis on fabulous spa treatments, rejuvenation and relaxation on the waterfront. Ajaccio is only 19km away and pretty Porticcio is within easy walking distance.

If you fancy exploring more of the island, opt for our hire car option and head out to discover the scented maquis, secluded coves, vertiginous mountains, charming villages and Genoese architecture – for starters.

Find out more about our short breaks in Corsica.

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