The island of Corsica was one of the most, if not the most beautiful place I have ever been to.
I spent a glorious five days in the town of Porto Vecchio, at the south end of the island. Corsica is a french island that has a history of being occupied by the Romans and was in fact Italian for a short period of time. This island is pure beauty- filled will surprising spots worth seeing to take your breath away and buildings seeped in history. In addition, the island has a lush forest, mountainside and rugged picturesque coastline. Corisca is unique in that the french inhabitants are extremely protective over the land, and it remains pure and beautiful with white sand beaches and turquoise water. It is situated just north of the Italian island of Sardinia, and Nice is the closest french town.
We felt like Parisians arriving in Corsica because this is an island where Parisians typically escape the hustle and bustle of Paris for some calm. A quick 1.5 hour flight from Paris and we were on the island.
I stayed at Hotel Casadelmar by ESPA. This hotel was five star accommodation from start to finish. We were told that everyone from Paris Hilton to Snoop Dogg, Matt Damon and Leonardo Dicaprio come to this hotel for their quiet island retreats. It was truly magical.
Above (Our balcony/private sun deck) and the wine the hotel supplied for us celebrating our arrival! A local wine made here in Corsica. Corsica has some very high quality wines due to the Mediterranean climate. The grapes are happy campers and grow well here 🙂
We lunched daily at this spot and dined on Salad Nicoise, fresh fish served raw/sashimi style, caught and brought straight into the Porto Vecchio Harbor. Large shrimp and lobsters were a frequent treat dipped in butter and/or aioli. All we really needed was fresh fish, lemon wedges and aioli and we were in heaven with the local quality and freshness. Simple food that was sourced right from the sea we were staring at!
(This picture was taken at one of the most famous beaches on the island. Palombaggia Beach known for it’s white powdery sand, and turquoise tranquility.)
The water in Corsica was salty…much saltier than the Pacific Ocean that I grew up being used to. But most important was the color. Literally, piercing turquoise and the pictures I have just cannot do this purity justice.
I went swimming daily 🙂 and felt it to be a spiritual experience. Happy to be alive!
We also went boating one day! One of my favorite things ever to do as soon as I arrive at any ocean! It was fabulous and the scenery… I have no words.
Corsica is special because the island is complete with beaches, (public and private) small hidden coves and special hideaways, as well as the mountains. We laid in the sun, and watched a thunder storm with lightening strike and pierce through the sky across the island. Being that there are mountains surrounding the island border, simultaneously sunny days in the south coexist with stormy days in the north. It was so dreamlike. Lightening lit up the sky as we listened to the roar of thunder… all while, we were basking in the 80 degree weather with the bright and shining sun.
We would lounge here (above) until around 6 pm, and then get ready to dine at the fabulous TWO Michelin-star restaurant in the hotel. All dishes were outstanding.
This hotel was complete with a full fitness center, Health Wellness Spa, as well as two restaurants one being the two michelin star, and the other being more simple bistro fare. I have nothing to say but immensely positive things about this island and hotel experience. If anyone ever has the chance to visit this majestic island, it will be the time of your life as it was for me! There are many towns to see in Corsica and it was hard for us to choose. The other notable and enchanting places on the island are : Ajaccio, Calvi, Bastia and Bonifacio! I guess I will need to come back soon and tackle another part of the hidden beauty of Corsica.
Next up, I will head to Monte Carlo, and then…. a visit is overdue in California. I will be visiting family and also heading to the beautiful wine country. Sonoma.