Two years ago we went to Corsica hoping to combine vacation with sightseeing as we often did on our other trips in France and Italy. I did some research and booked two hotels, a week each. The first place we stayed at was in the North of the island, in Bastia area, and the other one near Ajaccio.
I had read that the roads in Corsica are narrow and that you cannot drive very fast, so I planned our sightseeing accordingly.
There is one thing I wish I would have known when preparing Corsica trip though…
No matter how centrally you think you are located or how carefully you plan your daily activities, you will quickly get frustrated because driving in Corsica is really not fun! I am talking about actual traveling distances of max. 30-40 km (20-25 miles) an hour. The roads are narrow and winding, and motion sickness is very common.
So the last thing you want to do is drive the same road up and down while in the meantime you could be having a quiet evening reading a book or sipping a cocktail on some terrace with a beautiful view at your next destination.
Corsica is best visited on a road trip
Corsica is such a diverse and beautiful island, and it’s totally worth visiting. But if you are serious about sightseeing and are not just looking for a beach vacation, then save yourself lots of frustrations and book a road trip.
Oh yes – almost forgot – when renting a car, consider a smaller one (we were with 8 people so that was unfortunately not an option for us).