Compelling Corsica: Sea Kayaking & Mountain Hiking
Corsica was recently voted by National Geographic as the 2015 Best New Trips!
This adventure is an ideal combination of hiking the spectacular granite mountains of Corsica (including a bit of the legendary GR20) and paddling the azure waters of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Reserve Naturelle de Scandola. This active, hotel-based trip offers superb local cuisine for which the “Isle of Beauty” is famous. Talented bilingual guides help ease all guests into a deep appreciation of “corsitude” as we embrace the authentic McDonalds-free local culture!
With the highest rainfall of any island in the Mediterranean, Corsica is also the greenest. It rises dramatically from the sea to peaks over 8800’ (2700 meters) and within this rise are three climate zones. Over 2800 plant species live here and the island’s maquis (a thick and tangled forest of oak, juniper, heather and herb) became the name for the French WWII resistance movement, due to this formidable landscape. Forests of endemic pines along with a host of wildlife call the island home.
Food is central to life in Corsica and flavors of the maquis are found in honey, cheeses and grilled meats. Chestnuts (planted by the Genoese several hundred years ago) are central to the flavors of Corsica. Delectable wines, cured meats, fresh seafood and savory cheeses round out the culinary scene.
Singing is another joy of Corsica, where ancient polyphony thrives and perhaps more than anywhere in Europe, Corsica has resisted modern pop music to nurture its own rich musical music. Sometimes referred to as “Corsican blues,” polyphony is performed by over 80 groups on the island. The haunting beauty of this music will likely send shivers down your spine.
Join us to explore this fascinating corner of Europe, where megalithic stones still stand, the ghost of Napoleon lives on (he was born in the city of Ajaccio in 1769), and traditional life, language, music and customs are alive and well.
As the British author Dorothy Carrington, who spent half her life on the island and wrote a number of books about Corsica noted, “One cannot know Corsican history without regretting that Shakespeare never heard of its tales.”