Introducing Cap Corse

There are two sides to Cap Corse. Along one edge of this island peninsula are postcard-worthy beaches and award-winning restaurants. The other side plays host to hideaway hilltop villages and jagged geography. In between are mountains, which mean you’ll usually need to take the scenic, coastal road to explore this beautiful region.  

Things to do

Drive the coastal road and you’ll soon spot the old Genoese watchtowers that looked over the tiny villages here. On the east coast, soak up the atmospheric ruins of Tour d’Erbalunga sitting on a rocky outcrop. In Nonza, walk up from the village to Tour de Nonza that once shielded the coast from pirates. While you’re here, stop at ochre-hued Église St Julie to see its Florentine marble altar.

Such a narrow peninsula means that, at Cap Corse, you’re never far from a beach. At westerly Nonza you can walk the dramatic black sands. On the opposite side, the beach at Tamarone is golden and nearby Capandul Natural Reserve gives you a good chance of spotting dolphins. Those seeking solitude can find quiet bays – some with pearly white sand.

Not as well known as its French mainland or Italian neighbours, Corsican wine feels like an undiscovered prize. And Cap Corse is making a name for itself across the wine world with its Coteaux and Muscat varieties. Aside from the region’s boutique hotels, the best place to sample these grapes are at small, family-owned vineyards. Just book ahead before you visit.

Top Tip from SLH

Music fans visiting in summer will love the Festival de Musique d’Erbalunga.