Private jet charter and flights to Corsica
The Mediterranean island of Corsica is a real eye-catcher. Wherever you are – from the rugged capes, high mountains and gorges of Upper Corsica to the talcum-white beaches and striking cliffs of Corse-du-Sud (Southern Corsica) – there is natural beauty in abundance. And the cities, towns and villages are full of charm and historical architecture that showcases this fiercely independent island’s colourful past.Experience it all, charter a private jet today.
Southern Corsica is the region of choice for most of the island’s many visiting French and Italian holidaymakers. It’s where you’ll find the capital city, one of the oldest and most popular resort towns and some of the finest beaches on the island.
The pretty waterside city of Ajaccio, which sits on the island’s west coast, is Corsica’s capital. Although it has an atmospheric Old Town and harbour which are well worth spending a bit of time exploring, Ajaccio is best known as the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. For an in-depth look into the life of this French statesman and military leader, head down the tiny side street of Rue Saint-Charles and visit Maison Bonaparte, the family’s ancestral home which is now a national museum.
Down near the southern tip of the island is the incredible Bonifacio. Set partly within a citadel on the top of a limestone plateau that comes to a dramatic end as cliffs tumble down to the clear Mediterranean, and partly surrounding one of Corsica’s most beautiful natural harbours, the town is a real gem in a heavily jewelled crown. It’s a joy to wander along the narrow streets and ramparts of the Old Town but to get the best views, you need to go out onto the water. Another way to see the beauty of the striking white cliffs the area is known for is to walk along the coast towards Pertusato Lighthouse.
Continue eastwards around the coast from Bonifacio and you’ll reach Porto-Vecchio, one of the oldest and most popular resort towns on the island. This is where wealthy French and Italians head for their summer holidays giving it a real South of France vibe. People tend to base themselves here and make the most of the harbourside restaurants, casual cafes and high-end boutiques before driving out to some of the region’s most beautiful beaches. Plage de Palombaggia, just to the south of Porto-Vecchio, is one of these breathtaking stretches of white sand, however, it can get very busy in the high summer as it’s also the most famous beach on the island. If you want to find somewhere a little quieter you’ll need to travel a bit further south to hidden spots such as Petit Spérone or wide sweeping bays like Rondinara.
Upper Corsica is often overlooked for its neighbouring region but it has just as much to offer. Up here in the northern half of the island, it’s all about the untouched natural wonders and character-packed villages. The main settlement is Bastia, Corsica’s second-largest city, which has a busy working port with ferries heading for Italy and mainland France. It’s more of a gateway city but you can find some good restaurants, shops and cafés in the Old Port area.
The main draw in Upper Corsica has to be Cap Corse, a narrow finger of land extending up into the Ligurian Sea. You’ll need to hire a car if you want to follow the winding switchback roads that follow the edge of the cape and even though it’s just a small part of the island, you can spend hours if not days stopping in pretty fishing villages, hilltop towns and hiking the trails that cross its mountainous ridge. We highly recommend stopping in Nonza on the cape’s west coast. This picture-perfect village has a network of narrow streets lined by well-preserved buildings and an awe-inspiring setting on top of a 100-metre high cliff.
Once you’ve finished your cape explorations, you can see more of Upper Corsica by travelling up into the hills that rise from the north coast. It won’t be long before you reach ancient villages such as Sant’Antonino and witness dramatic mountain backdrops. Back down on the coast is the town of Calvi, a town that claims to be the birthplace of another iconic historic figure. Although Christopher Columbus’s was supposedly born in Genoa, the people of this beautiful town believe otherwise and you can see the ruins of building that it’s said that he was born in. Either way, this fortified town can’t be missed on a tour of this part of the island.
There are a few airports on the island including Bastia in Upper Corsica, Ajaccio just outside the capital, and Figari down in Corse-du-Sud. Simply contact one of our team and we will arrange everything you need to charter a private jet to Corsica.