Corsica the third largest island in the Mediterranean belongs to France but still retains its characteristic Italian culture.
Already in the First Punic War Corsica was conquered by the Romans and part of the Roman Empire. From the 14th century onwards Koriska belonged to the Republic of Genoa. In 1775 Corsica gained its independence and was sold by Genau to the French. Since then the island belongs to France.
The meaning of the Corsican flag is controversial, but is interpreted by many as a symbol of freedom and liberation from slavery and represents the strong character of the Corsicans. The Corsicans are proud of their culture and aim to preserve it. This can also be seen in the tourism of Corsica, which is not very developed in comparison to the surrounding Mediterranean islands.
The history of the island explains the Italian and French influences that can still be felt everywhere today. The cuisine presents the best of Italy and France and has many independent characteristics. In small fishing villages you can enjoy fresh seafood and fish, in the countryside you will find many traditional dishes of local wild pigs. To the local delicacies you can enjoy a good wine or a typical chestnut or myrtle beer.
The name of the island goes back to the Phoenician term Korsai and means “covered with forests”. This name is still appropriate today, a large part of the island belongs to a park that includes a large number of hiking trails in mountains and forests. In the north of the island lies the Cap Corse. From here you have a view to picturesque bays and the high mountains in the north. There are hiking trails of different levels of difficulty. If one moves in the nature, one can smell the fragrance of fresh wild herbs. Along the coast, one can always stop off in small fishing villages. In the south of the island, there are most of the sandy beaches of the island. A well-known bathing destination is Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte.
For us, the trip to Corsica was a real highlight on our tour through Europe. We explored the island on our own with a rental car. We especially liked the Cap Corse in the north of the island with its rugged mountain landscapes and green forests.
And as real foodies we loved Corsica. A love that goes through the stomach. I like to remember our tour and sometimes I wish to return to the shady place under big chestnut trees to enjoy a chilled Pietra (chestnut beer).