Thanks to the countless number of ferries that traverse the Mediterranean, it is easy to combine a holiday in Corsica with other seaside destinations.
The Italian island of Sardinia, located just 12km south of Corsica, has 3 international airports and 7 harbors. If you’re flying from North America you could save a lot of money by stopping in London and then flying on EasyJet or British Airways to Sardinia. Just be sure to leave plenty of time between your flights.
If you happen to be in Spain, France or Italy you can reach Sardinia by ferry. There is ferry service from Barcelona, Spain, several cities in Italy including Naples and Palermo (Sicily) and from Marseille, Toulon, Propriano, Ajaccio, Bastia and Bonifacio in France. (The last four cities are in Corsica).
Because of their geographic location, Corsica and Sardinia share a few similarities:
- Over the centuries, successive civilizations left their imprint on the inhabitants and their culture.
- Their coastline was guarded by Genoese towers for protection against pirates who continually terrorized their villages.
- They are both surrounded by clear, turquoise waters and have superb sandy beaches.
- Sardinia and Corsica share the beautiful waters of Lavezzi, an international maritime park that can be reached by boat excursion from Bonifacio.
- Geologically the sister islands are part of a land mass called the corso-sardo block that separated from the Alps eons ago.
Just like Corsicans refer to France as the Continent, Sardinians do not consider themselves to be like the Italians on the mainland. Sardinians have their own language, unique culture and identity though Italian is their main official language. People on the north side of Sardinia speak Corsu, Sardu and Italian.
Sardinia is a popular Mediterranean destination that attracts backpackers, rock climbers and the Jet Set. Sardinia is also famous for having the world’s highest percentage of centenarians.