Upon arrival in Toulon, I kept seeing the big yellow and blue Corsica/Sardinia ferries along the port during my strolls or errands through the city. I soon learned that Toulon, along with Nice, were the connection points for Corsica. Having never been to an overseas French territory, I knew I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to go to Corsica on the ferry whilst living here. So, after booking 63€ round-trip ferry tickets, I boarded the big yellow ferry with my Spanish friend upon arrival from Venice.
Our journey was about ten hours each way. Since we were only going for four days, we purchased night-time ferry tickets in order to maximize our time on the island, and had our very own siège inclinable, aka recliner sleeper chair. We spent two days in the capital, Ajaccio, and two days in a small port city called Propriano, as we had a free place to stay (and Corsica is EXPENSIVE!) Our first day in Ajaccio, it rained a lot, so we did our best to explore the Old town and after lunch ended up in the art museum, Palais Fesch. Unfortunately, the days and times we were in Ajaccio were when Napoleon’s House was closed, so, I will have to catch that next time.
Happily, our days in Propriano were sunny, and we were able to spend them lounging in our beach house, tanning and swimming on the beach itself, wandering the very small town, and having drinks with locals during the evenings.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Corsica, but all French people rave about the island, and for good reason. It is very touristy and comes alive during the summer, but mostly by French and Italians. There is everything you need in Corsica, from clear, blue-water beaches, to cliffs and mountains, to green, nature-filled walks. Every time I told French friends about my upcoming travels to Paris, Normandy, Morocco, Italy, and then Corsica, they would all just stop and gush/rave, «Mais tu vas en Corse!? La chance!» (“Ah, you’re going to CORSICA!? How lucky!”) I also found Corsican people to be very peculiar. They are nice, but proud. They will identify with being Corsican before identifying with being French. The accent is especially distinguishable. Most Corsicans do not see a point of ever leaving the island for the mainland, because they already have everything they need in Corsica. I do hope to go back to Corsica one day, but next time, with a car, because that really is the best way to explore the island (although going there with Itsaso was THE BEST!) Have you ever been to Corsica?