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Travel guide to Corsica

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Welcome to on-line travel guide to Corsica. Here you should find all information you need for planning your holidays in Corsica, either you come for hiking, swiming, biking, sightseeing, or just quiet family vacation.

Corsica is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of the 26 regions of France. It is located west of Italy, southeast of France, and north of the island of Sardinia. The island is called Corsica in English, Corsican and Italian, while its French name is Corse. Some languages spell it Korsika, Korzika or Korsyka.

Fast facts

Capital: Ajaccio (population 55,000)
Land Area: 8,680 sq km (3,352 sq miles)
Population: 275,000
Population density: 32/sq km (compare to 95/sq km of continental France)
Coastline: 1,000 km
Highest peak: Monte Cinto - 2,706 m (8,888 ft)
Climate: Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. There's snow on the highest peaks through May. More about weather & climate.
Languages: French is the official language; many Corsicans speak Corsican (Corsu).
Currency: Euro (EUR, €)
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1 (the same as Western Europe)
Daylight Saving: Starts the last Sunday in March, ends the last Sunday in October.
Electricity: 230V 50Hz; European plug with two circular metal pins
Weights Measures System: Metric
Public holidays: January 1, April 8/9 (Easter; moveable), May 1, May 8, May 25, June 5, July 14, August 15, November 1, November 11, December 25