It does have its nickname of Beauty Island! In the south of France, in the heart of the Mediterranean, Corsica enchants us. This mountainous island offers a rare natural heritage, a strong identity and an authentic culture, not forgetting a crystal-clear sea and the flavours of its terroir. Haute-Corse, one of the two departments, together with South Corsica, which make up the island, occupies its north-eastern part. The mountainous ridge that rises in the centre of the island from the northwest to the southeast separates the two departments. Corsica culminates in Haute-Corse at Monte Conti (2,706 m) and launches itself due north into the sea at the Cap Corse, a jewel of wild nature. It is by Bastia, at the edge of the Cap Corse, that the visit of the island begins for tourists arriving by plane. Bastia, with its slate roofs, seduces with its old port, its citadel, its immense Place Saint-Nicolas. To the west, the Gulf of Saint-Florent is one of the pearls of the island, combining a Roman city and a seaside resort. Further south, it is all the charm of Ile Rousse, the port of Balagne with its pedestrian streets, covered market and beautiful beaches. Then it's the citadel of Calvi, magnificent when you arrive by sea, well known by yachtmen for its anchorages and bathing enthusiasts for its long beaches lined with pine trees. Inland, in the heart of the Corsica Regional Natural Park, at the top of a rocky outcrop, the citadel of Corte is of great beauty. It is a base camp for many hikes in the mountains. Haute-Corse is not sea or mountain, but sea and mountain!

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When to go to Haute-Corse?

When to go to Haute-Corse? If the crowd of tourists annoys you, avoid the very tourist season, from early July to late August. Especially since the climate in Corsica is pleasant from April to November, and the great sunny weather is guaranteed from May-June to mid-September, so don't deprive yourself of the off-seasons. However, it is generally warmer on Cape Corsica than in Bonifacio. The air is always cooler in the mountains, at least from 500 m above sea level, than on the coast. Provide a small wool in the interior of the country. Beware of brief but violent storms that break out in the interior often in the summer, causing sometimes devastating floods and violent rivers. Nevertheless, rains are rare with barely fifty days of rain per year. Sometimes the wind blows very strong. Don't forget that in spring, the scrubland is in bloom. An enchantment. In autumn, they are flamboyant colours in the forest and chestnuts and mushrooms to pick. Precious indication: the sea temperature (on the coasts) is on average 15 °C in winter and 25 °C in summer.

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