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Fact File for Corsica

The picturesque, mountainous, verdant and wild island of Corsica is a true yachting paradise offering some of the most beautiful cruising grounds of the West Mediterranean where everyone will find something fascinating. Spectacular beaches, rich culture, ancient monuments and a delicious cuisine await you in Napoleon’s birthplace.

COORDINATES: 42º09N, 09º05E

LANGUAGE: French (official), Corsican (widely spoken)

CAPITAL: Ajaccio

WEATHER: Influenced by winds and temperature moderated by mountains. Average summer temperatures 25C-35C (77F-95F). The sea does not warm up until early June but comfortable swimming temperatures prevail until mid-October. Corsica enjoys the most hrs of sunshine per year in France with an average of 7.5 hr/day.


AIRPORTS: There are four airports on the island: Ajaccio (AJA), Bastia (BIA), Calvi (CLY) and Figari (FSC).

TIME: GMT+1 (winter), GMT+2 (summer)

CURRENCY: Euro (EUR); American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa should be widely accepted, however there are still small shops, restaurants and hotels where they are not acceptable. It is recommended to carry cash, money exchange available in banks.



  • 1 Jan - New Year's Day
  • Mar/Apr - Easter Monday
  • 1 May - Labor Day
  • 8 May - Victory Day
  • May/Jun - Ascension Day (Thursday)
  • May/Jun - Whit Monday
  • 14 Jul - Bastille Day
  • 15 Aug - Assumption Day
  • 1 Nov - All Saints' Day
  • 11 Nov - Armistice
  • 25 Dec - Christmas Day

MAIN PORTS AND MARINAS: Corsica offers many beautiful historic ports, new marinas and lovely anchorages: Bastia, Macinaggio, Saint-Florent, Île-Rousse, Calvi, Girolata, Cargèse, Ajaccio, Porto Pollo, Propriano, Bonifacio, Porto-Vecchio, Solenzara

RECOMMENDED BEACHES: All beaches in Corsica are worth seeing, and some of them are: Roccapina, Capo di Feno, Ostriconi, Girolata, Santa Manza, Rondinara, Palombaggia, Plage du Lido, Cupabia

CULTURAL: It is appreciated if visitors speak a few words of French. Smoking is not allowed in public and fines are high.

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