The fate of Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone starrer Tamasha will only be known on Friday but we know one thing for sure: the movie has given us another beautiful location to dream about. This time, director Imitiaz Ali chose an island hidden between the borders of France and Italy, called Corsica.
It’s capital region Ajaccio was the birthplace of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte: His ancestral home, Casa Buonaparte, has now been made into a musuem Maison Bonaparte. Thanks to it’s tricky position between France and Italy, a lot of Corsica’s cultural belongingness is with Italy. However, most of the people speak the Corsican language.
The 8,500 sq km big island is divided into two parts: Upper Corsica (Haute Corse) and Southern Corsica (Corse-du-Sud). And to fully enjoy the entire island, you need to spend at least 10-15 days there.
If the picture-perfect destination has already caught your attention for the next vacation, here are some details on the places to visit and things to see while on your stay there.
The Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport is directly connected to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi and a round trip fare would cost you around Rs 70,000. The time taken for the journey is about 13 hours. Once in Corsica, you can hire a car to drive through the mountaineous roads or take ferries from one city or village to another.
Places to see:
Bastia is located in the Haute Corse area and is one of the most lively places. You will know of its liveliness if you stroll through Place Saint Nicolas, a popular hangout-place for locals, or the Place du Marché. After a tour of the old port, walk along rue Napoléon to explore the town’s shops and attractive boutiques. Other more spiritual sights include the town’s Baroque churches, built during the 17C and 18C.
The town is shaped around one of the world’s most beautiful gulfs, with a backdrop of mountains that remain snow-capped until the spring (till about March). This stunning beauty is enhanced by a delightful climate and a relaxed pace of life. With its bright colours, radiant light, wonderful cuisine, Ajaccio is a good bet for nice time. Wander down to the old port, through its lively and bustling markets, and along the narrow streets of the old town, lined by aristocratic private mansions. Later in the day, indulge in the pleasures of Ajaccio’s white sandy beaches, where you can swim until late-autumn.
This very sunny, very beautiful town offers a sweet escape from the daily drudgery. It was brought to life as long ago as the 9th century. At the heart of the town is Église Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Bonifacio, a beautiful church built in the 12th century. Bonifacio is only 11 km away from Sardinia, which is a 30-minute ferry ride from the port.
You should also visit the Valdo-Niello Forest, Cap Corse, Beaches near Porto Vecchio and Bouches de Bonifacio if you are not hard-pressed for time.
Things to do:
Not only does Corsica offer a million pretty sights to see, it also gives you amazing options for outdoor activities. You can opt for mountain biking, horse trekking and quad biking, white water activities and more.
Where to stay:
Corsica offers a range of staying options to suit everyone’s pockets.
If you are looking for a more luxurious option, you can choose the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Ajaccio Bay in Albitreccia, Corse-du-Sud. The cost per night is about Rs 12,000 for two.
Budget travellers can choose Hotel Riviera in Bastia. The cost per night here is dirt cheap at just Rs 3,800 for two.
This gorgeous little island is the least economically developed region of Metropolitan France and maybe this is the reason behind its untouched, pure aura. So thanks Tamasha for introducing it to us!