About Corsica

Corsica is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily, Sardinia, and Cyprus). It is located west of Italy, southeast of France, and north of the island of Sardinia.

The Greeks named it "kalliste" - the island of beauty. Corsica is only 180 km away from the French Riviera, but the 2 areas are like night and day. Riviera is as urbanized as Corsica is wild. Today, Corsica is still one of the most charming places of the Mediterranean.

Corsica is a mountain in the Mediterranean. The granite heights define its outline and also determine much of the character of the people. The island's history has involved most of the countries on the shores of the Mediterranean, but it remains quite unlike any of them. Its attraction lies in nature and is a rock-hard paradise.

Corsica is commonly termed one of the 26 regions of France, although strictly speaking Corsica is actually a territorial collectivity by law. As a territorial collectivity, it has slightly more far-reaching powers than other French regions, but for the most part its status is quite similar to that of the other regions. Corsica is referred to as a region in common speech, and is almost always listed among the other regions of France. Although the island is separated from the continental mainland by the Ligurian Sea, politically Corsica is considered part of Metropolitan France.