Corsica is as much an island of small villages, groups of hamlets and small ports as it is of important towns. The most popular resorts and larger towns that attract most visitors are shown here.
Principal towns, villages and resorts
Ajaccio, birthplace of Napoleon, also benefits from attractive beaches, Ajaccio cathedral and a citadel
Discover roman ruins and a genoese fort at this village on the east coast of Corsica
Bastia is a long established port town in Corsica with an attractive harbour and a fascinating old town
An ancient town with a dramatic cliff-top setting. Bonifacio is a highlight of any visit to Corsica
Calvi is a town and resort in north-west Corsica well known for the historical citadel and old town and for its long sandy beach
Cargese was originally founded as a 'Greek town' in south-west Corsica. There is a popular resort nearby
Centuri is a charming harbour town on the Cap Corse peninsula and a great place to stop to eat
A beautiful small town and good base for exploring the mountains of central Corsica
L'Ile Rousse in north-west Corsica is a lively resort town and beach with easy access to many places of interest in the balagne
L'Ile Rousse guide
Ota is a pretty village near Porto in western Corsica and a popular starting point for hiking the Gorges de Spelunca and Aitone Forest
Piana is an attractive village overlooking the Calanches de Piana. The Calanches de Piana are outstandingly beautiful.
Porto is a pleasant resort close to the Calanches de Piana. It is a good base for visiting the Calnanques.
Porto Vecchio has an attractive marina and old town and easy access to stunning beaches
Propriano is a town popular for its easy access to great beaches, stunning scenery and mountains
Saint-Florent is a popular resort in northern Corsica, with easy access to stunning beaches and other scenic highlights
Sartene in Corsica is in a scenic position on a hilltop with an interesting old town and impressive views
Corsica has four main towns, Ajaccio, Bonifacio, Bastia and Calvi. Whilst these are well worth a visit in their own right it is often the smaller towns and villages that are the most memorable during your visit to Corsica.
Some of our favourite towns and villages are shown above. Corsica has much to offer and exploring the island is a real delight.
As well as the larger and better known towns and villages of Corsica there are many smaller villages to discover - see also
Corsica villages for a selection of the most attractive smaller towns and villages.