November can be a pleasant month to visit Corsica. The weather this time of year can be very changeable, from mild and pleasant with partly gray skies, to windy and rainy with a few sunny days in between.
Temperatures range from 4 to 15 degrees Celsius (40 to 60 degrees F.) and the mountain summits are crowned with snow.
Most beaches are deserted in the Fall and though the water is a bit chilly for my taste, I get around this problem by wearing a wet suit when bathing on the beach. Armed with a second skin I can enjoy Corsica almost anytime of the year.
When traveling in late Fall, it is advisable to bring appropriate clothing like sweaters, long sleeve shirts and jackets.
Without the tourist crowds or the intense Summer heat, Autumn time in Corsica offers a nice opportunity to explore villages and interact with the locals in a more relaxed way.
Another big plus of visiting the island during off-season is being able to find bargain priced accommodations and more vacancies.
Winter Sports in Corsica
From December to March snow accumulation in the central part of the island turns the Niolu valley into a winter wonderland, where outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
The Niolu valley, at the foot of the highest peaks in Corsica, the Paglia Orba on the left (shaped like a bird’s beak) and Lake Calacuccia in the foreground. – © Marie Taddei
The cold season is a fine time to enjoy sanglier (wild boar), charcuterie products like saucisson and figatelli, Brocciu (Corsican fresh cheese), and seasonal fruits like the Corsican clementine, the only clementine produced in France available on markets between November and January.
Calacuccia – Getting There
From highway N193, route D84 leads to the mountain village of Calacuccia.
Another nearby location for cross-country skiing is Haut-Asco, further north on N193 past the town of Ponte Leccia, on route D147 along the Asco river. This road dead ends into a park that leads to some of Corsica’s highest peaks.
Visitors can find accommodations in Calacuccia or in Corte, located south of Calacuccia on route N193.