From parachuting to paragliding, flying to gliding, ultralight to hang-gliding, the air sports in Corsica are countless.
With a low population and diverse stunning landscapes, the craze for outdoor activities is sine qua non. The series of activities start right after or during your flight to Corsica’s international airports namely Ajaccio, Figari, Calvi and Bastia.
Flights and private flying in Corsica. Lets’ check out the top activities of Corsica –
Knowing your skill and limits and being aware of the route and weather, which changes abruptly, are your best bets during mountain climbing in Corsica. There are a number of well trodden paths along with mule tracks and transhumance paths suitable for casual hikers or walkers.
However, the highlight of Corsica lies in the GR20 trail that runs 180 kilometers from Calenzana in north to Conca in south. Vizzavona is toughest to climb on its northern section and greenest to sight on the southern section.
The Mare e Mare and Mare e Monte trail are also famous. You can also ride on donkeys along Giussani micro region, Tartagine riverside. Genoese Tower has total 90 trails full of geographical, botanical and historical information panels.
Adventure junkies often combine a mountain hike with rock climbing along the 5 recognized sites in Balagne namely Lumio, Monticello, Bonifatu, Suare and L’lle Rousse.
In total, there are 740 climbs available in fifty-six mountainous areas, the information of which you will find at the tourist offices.
Various guides and organizations are there to assist you during climbing.
The 3 ski centres namely Ese, Ghisoni and Vergio and the 3 Nordic centres namely Zicavo, Aitone and Quenza are there to help you enjoy skiing like never before.
Regular improvements are made to make sure tourists get sufficient skiing resources in Corsica and do not need to go to the continent for skiing.
The 1600-meter Ghisoni-Capanelle ski trail has three lifts among which the longest i.e. 1.4 kilometers trail serves three pistes while another serves as slalom descent.
With 82 diving clubs, diving in Corsica is one of the best outdoor activities and Stareso has been a pioneer in promoting healthy ocean biology through its researches on oceanography.
Calvi is a diving paradise with lots of diving clubs namely L’Hippocampe, Ecole de Plongee International de Calvi, Plongee Citadelle, Plongee Castille etc.
On the Scandola nature reserve, the coastal club named Club de Plongee A Lucerne is quite popular.
Calvi has been acknowledged as the French Station Voile for its main sailing club. Apart from the marinas in Calvi other cities like Bastia, Ajaccio, Ile Rousse, Bonifacio, Macinaggio, Campoloro, Solenzara, Porto Vecchio and St. Florent have premiere sailing clubs.
With seven thousand berths in eighteen ports, you can reserve only two thousand for temporary stay. During summer, availability of berths is almost null, so it is recommended to plan your itinerary of sailing beforehand.
Apart from cruise and sailboats, there are dinghies, boards, huge catamarans, powerboats, surfboats, sea cats, ketch, sea kayaks as well as Corsican fishing boats for those who enjoy fishing.
Your trip will remain incomplete without riding the short 1.5-meter-tall Corsican Horse which are dark bay colored and have thick mane and tail.
You can ride these sure-footed horses according to your skill level and visit the liveries and horse-riding schools to learn about the rearing and breeding method of horses.
Cavall’in Festa on the 2nd weekend of June is a regional horse fair, which you should not miss.
Lake And River Fishing
From second Saturday in March till third Sunday in September, you can make the best out of annual trout season with 59 Euros as annual permit for the whole island.
For fishing in the seventeen rivers with their tributaries and 9 lakes, you will get permits from the tackle shops.
You are allowed to catch maximum ten fish, none larger than 18cm and none caught with electrical stunners, nets and harpoons.
High altitude lakes, Corse du Sud, Haute Corse, Balagne, Biguglia lagoon, Porto Vecchio coast and southwest between Bonifacio and Ajaccio are popular fishing spots for 200 coastal fish species.