According to barblejewelry, Corsica (French: Corse) is an island in the Mediterranean Sea (Europe). Corsica is a region of France and consists of the departments of Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud. The island is located approximately 80 kilometers from the Italian west coast and only 12 kilometers from the Italian island of Sardinia. The capital of Corsica is Ajaccio. A number of large cities in Corsica are: Bastia, Porto-Vecchio and Calvi.
Corsica is best known for its nature. Corsica is mountainous with Monte Cinto (2,706 meters) and Monte Rotondo (2,622 meters) as the highest mountains. There are several nature reserves, rock formations and an impressive coastline. The island is ideal for hikers because of the many hiking trails (including the GR20, a 200-kilometer hiking trail across Corsica). The economy of the island is largely based on tourism, which is also reflected in the many campsites on the island. There are approximately 230 campsites in total, as well as many hotels and holiday parks. The coastline of Corsica is mostly rocky. In addition, there are several sandy beaches. In the waters around Corsica you can practice many water sports such as diving, surfing and sailing. Corsica is also known for its many sheep and goat cheeses. See computerdo for France politics.
Where is Corsica located?
Travel information of Corsica
Official name: Corsica
Area: 8,680 km²
Country code: FR, FRA
Population: 304,500 inhabitants (2017)
Government: Semi-Presidential Republic
Highest point: 2,706 m (Monte Cintu)
Distance (Amsterdam – Ajaccio): 1,159 km
Flight time: approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Corsica that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Corsica, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Corsica. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Corsica?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Corsica at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Corsica has a Mediterranean climate.
During the winter months the temperatures are around 15 degrees and during the summer months around 25 to 30 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Corsica can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Corsica can be found at Climate info.
May, June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to Corsica. This avoids the relatively cold months with the greatest chance of precipitation.
French is the official language in Corsica. Corsican is also spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into French and/or Corsican for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in France: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch consulate in Corsica: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
French Embassy in the Netherlands: ambafrance-nl.org.
French consulates in the Netherlands: ambafrance-nl.org.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Corsica.
Money and Currency
In Corsica, payment is made with the euro (EUR).
An overview of all ATMs in Corsica can be found on our ATMs page.
The prices in Corsica are a lot higher than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +30% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (21% more expensive), food (73% more expensive), imported beer in catering (71% more expensive), cigarettes (16% cheaper) and public transport (71% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Corsica it is customary to give a tip. If no service costs have been calculated yet, a tip of approximately 10% is given.
There is no time difference with the Netherlands.
Summer time in Corsica is the same as in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for Corsica can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Corsica you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Corsica.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Corsica.
On Corsica you can use a Dutch flat plug.
A round plug must have a recess for the grounding pin present in the socket. You need a travel plug if your plug does not have such a recess.
More information about electricity in Corsica can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112
Tap water is safe to drink.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Corsica can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Corsica can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Corsica end in.fr.
Corsica official website: visit-corsica.com.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Corsica is 0033 or +33.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Corsica? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Phone numbers can be found in the Corsica Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Corsica.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Corsica.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Corsica.
Corsica’s national holiday falls on July 14 (Quatorze Juillet).
An overview of all other public holidays in Corsica (France) can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Corsica, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Corsica?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Corsica. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected natural areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Corsica can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Corsica can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Corsica? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, medicines and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported from Corsica.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you are planning to do business in Corsica, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Corsica, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.
Studying and internship
Are you considering a study, internship or gap year in Corsica? You are by no means the only one and certainly not the first. To help you on your way, Nuffic (the Dutch organization for internationalization in education) has set up the WilWeg.nl website. On this website you will find all the information that can help you on your way, such as admission requirements, forms of education, accommodation, scholarships, internships, health insurance, study costs and of course experiences.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Corsica.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…Corsica is the largest island in France?
…Corsica was already inhabited 6,500 years ago?
…Corsica is known for its many campsites (230+)?
…Corsica is one of the most touristic areas of France?
…Corsica is known for the production of sheep cheeses?