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With azure waters, dense forests, tranquil beaches and countless cliff-top towns with stunning views, the French island of Napoleon will conquer your heart.

 

On this island, a 30-minute campervan drive is enough to completely change sceneries. From naturally beautiful beaches, you’ll reach whole towns built on top of huge rocks or next to a cliff, dense forests that colour the landscape with a deep green, or high mountains with traces of white that tear the skies to find room for their mightiness. Adding to that, both its biggest cities, Bastia and Ajaccio, offer everything you want or need during your campervan hire road trip, like great food, historic centres to explore on foot and an enthusiastic nightlife. More than an island, Corsica almost as varied as a continent. Which means you’ll never have to leave the island––just hire a campervan in Corsica and start exploring. You won’t even need hundreds of liters of fuel covering it all!

 

Getting around Corsica by campervan

 

A litre of fuel for your RV rental is slightly more expensive in Corsica than in France. But look at the bright side: since it’s just an island, you won’t have to do too many kilometres anyway!

Generally, speed limits for a campervan in Corsica are 110 km/h (68mph) on two-lane highways; 90 km/h (56mph) on other roads (non-built up areas); and 60 km/h (37mph) in towns.

The quality of the roads is generally ok, but keep in mind that some places have falling rocks and that a few roads are particularly scary, since they’re really narrow, like Scala di Santa Regina. But if you’re ok with heights and narrow roads on the wheel of a campervan, then you’ll be fine.

There are no tolls in Corsica, so be sure to drive your rental motorhome wherever you want without worrying about a thing.

Wild camping is illegal – and authorities are keen about the natural beauty of their island, so they’ll fine you if you’re somehow contributing to its erosion or pollution. But you have cheap and convenient camping sites at the disposal of your campervan, as well as some (free and paid) motorhome parkings.

 

Corsica is accessible, but slightly more expensive than mainland France. A mid-range three-course meal for two costs about €45. Tipping is, like in the rest of France, not customary; a small charge is added in the bill. If you feel like tipping, however, feel free to add 5-10%.

Corsica’s Mediterranean climate has hot summers and moderate winters. The island usually sees November as the rainiest month, and the coldest months from December to March. The rest of the year is quite sunny, with June, July, August and September the hottest months.

Corsicans are really nice and ready to help you out. But remember something: never, ever, say you’re in France or that something is French. Corsica was bought by France from Genoa, after which it was taxed massively and the French language imposed over Corsican. It’s safe to say people are a bit touchy about this subject.

As we said before, French is the official language. Corsican (that comes mostly from Italian) is also spoken in the island, but the estimate is that only 10% of the population are native and 50% show proficiency. Most people will speak a little English, apart from locals in remote villages.

Corsicans take food seriously, which means standards in restaurants are generally high. Fresh meat (loads of it from livestock farms), cured meat (a Corsican speciality), seafood, cheese, vegetables, herbs and, of course, wine – this is what you’ll most likely find. Try the local favourite, Azimu, which is a fish soup prepared with lobster and other delicious seafood!

 

About Corsica

A place surrounded by water, Corsica was once submerged in power struggles, passing from empire to empire (Rome and Byzantium, to name a few), and from one ruler to the next. When the Genoans got hold of Corsica, the locals really got fed up with foreign rule. In a struggle led by Pasquale Paoli, the Corsican Republic was established in 1755. But little did the young republic know that, after having been kicked off the island, the Genoans still had a piece of paper laying claim to Corsica, which Genoa quickly sold to France. The French then invaded what was ‘rightfully’ theirs with a massive force, and the island has been French ever since (exclude a few years of English and German-Italian occupation).

Modern Corsica has been able to keep its long historical heritage, and develop only the good things about those unstable times––like the Corsican language that comes from the Italian, the architectural influences, the gastronomy, and many other things you’ll have the pleasure of discovering for yourself once you hire a campervan in Corsica (you will find Indie campervans for rent in either Ajaccio or Bastia). Go on a boat ride in the Scandola Nature Reserve to watch dolphins play around; get some beach time on tree-lined Palombaggia beach; explore Aiguilles de Bavella, beautiful and imposing rocky spikes of red granite; discover the wonders of Parc Naturel Régional de Corse that covers almost 40% of the island; climb Monte Cinto, the highest mountain on the island of Corsica; and if you’re stopping by in town (which we recommend), pay a visit to the family home of Napoleon Bonaparte in Ajaccio, the Maison Bonaparte. If renting a motorhome or campervan to go on a road trip across this amazing island doesn’t conquer your heart, we don’t know what will.

 

What to discover

In and around the island

Maison Bonaparte

The ancestral home of the Bonaparte family. Located on the Rue Saint-Charles in Ajaccio, the house that once was Napoleon’s childhood home is now property of the French government. Here you won’t only the room where he was born, but also where he played, learned and developed his skills that led him to the path of French Emperor. Parents, take a notepad if you think your child is destined for greatness.

Scandola Nature Reserve

On Corsica’s west coast you’ll find Scandola Nature Reserve, a park so pretty the United Nations made it a Natural World Heritage Site. Here you’ll find turquoise waters with dolphins playing around your boat (do the boat tour!) and great places for snorkeling, so you can watch with your own eyes the natural habitat of thousands of different species.

Needles (Aiguilles) of Bavella

The “Needles of Bavella” are an impressive bunch of of rocky spikes of red granite. Besides completing the scenery with an aggressive natural look, this place makes for a curvy campervan drive to the top of this mountain, or for stunning hikes across lakes and forests until you reach a certain height: so you can contemplate the amazing panoramas of Corsica.

 

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Campervan hire in Ajaccio

Indie Campers Ajaccio Depot
Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport - Aéroport Napoléon Bonaparte, 20090

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Campervan hire in Bastia

Indie Campers Bastia Depot
1600 Avenue de Rasignani - 20290 Borgo, France

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