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Corsica has excellent beaches, and almost every beach offers opportunities to snorkel.
Corsica, the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, is located 170 km south of Côte d'Azur on the French mainland. The island's climate, mountains and coastlines make it popular among tourists. Tourism is particularly concentrated in the area around Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio in the south of the island and Calvi in the northwest with glistering beaches and bays.
A majority of people come to Corsica because of its beaches, mountains and beautiful scenery. Corsica has excellent beaches, and almost every beach offers opportunities to snorkel. Some of the more popular beaches will rent windsurf boards and kite-surfing boards. Scuba diving is also available, particularly at popular beaches near islands and in major towns. There are many walking trails in the mountains, and also small villages you can visit and where you can have a local meal. Most visitors come to Corsica in the summer months, and particularly in August, when the number of tourists double or triple from the already large population in July. If you only can go to Corsica in August, planning and booking ahead is essential.

But Corsica is not all about beaches and natural beauty; there are numerous castles, chateaus, cathedrals, villas and gardens which reminds of the rich history and the cultural heritage of France. Some of the popular ones include Fesch Palace in Ajaccio, Balagne in Ile Rouse and others. These palaces and chateaus are known for their grandeur and opulence and house the furniture and other articles used by the French aristocracy.

The Natural Regional Park of Corse (Corsica) has been set-up to protect part of the rare and unusual habitats found on the island. The park includes some of the highest mountain peaks on the island, and much beauty. The Scandola Nature reserve is also stunning, but only accessible by boat. One can see a large number of sea turtles in the marine reserve in Bonifacio, a small village in this island.


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