Corsica, France Cruise Port
For a meeting of two European worlds, cruising to the island of Corsica, France wonderfully combines French and Italian cultures. That's because its location in the Mediterranean Sea (technically part of France since 1768) is located west of the Italian Peninsula, southeast of the French mainland, and north of the Italian island of Sardinia. The fourth largest island in Mediterranean and very mountainous, the origin of its name remains a mystery. History lovers know that Corsica’s famous son, Emperor Napoléon I, was born in the capital of Ajaccio, and will want to visit his ancestral home that’s been converted into a museum. Along with the mountains, you'll find charming coastal towns, forests, and beaches. There is plenty of flora and fauna to be found, and is will delight birdwatchers, thanks to the multiple species found here. Here are some of our favorite experiences while visiting the cruise port of Corsica, France:
- Art enthusiasts will want to check out the Musée Fesch (officially called Palais Fesch-musée des beaux-arts), a museum established by Napoléon’s uncle. It contains the largest collection of Italian painting after the Louvre; while most works are by minor artists, some famous names, such as Botticelli, are included.
- Take in nature's diverse beauty at the Calanche of Piana, recognized as a World Heritage Site. Many cruises offer shore excursions here, including the popular Comanche Cliffs. The region is millions of years old and undeveloped by tourism, and it teems with wildlife such as sea eagles, boar, fox, and reptiles.
- Adventure and history lovers will enjoy the Escalier du Roi d’Aragon (King Aragon Steps). Legend has that the stairway was carved in 1420 from the steep cliff in a single night during Alfonso V's siege. It was, in fact, created earlier as a way to get water to the Franciscan monastery. Since the steps lead to the sea, you can take a swim at the end.
- Anyone needing a beach in addition to (or instead of) exploring Corsica will love the Plage de Palombaggia, which features gorgeous blue waters and plenty of places to eat when it's time for a snack.