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As the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean, Corsica has long been a top-tier European vacation destination thanks to its picturesque landscapes, rich history, and warm climate. Corsica luxury villas let you experience the best of this beautiful part of France with all the comfort and privacy of home.
The history of Corsica luxury villas dates back to the Roman era, when villae rusticae (rural villas) were first established in the Corsican countryside as retreats for wealthy landowners. As Corsica passed through different hands, including the Pisans, Genoese, and Argonese in the Middle Ages, each left a distinctive cultural and architectural impression that can still be seen in Corsican villas today.
French rule in the late 18th Century saw Corsica begin to adopt the ornate and symmetrical aesthetic that continues to define many of its best villas, and by the 19th and 20th centuries, villas started to be developed along the Corsican coast, which is where you’ll find many of the region’s top villas today.
Renting a villa in Corsica is easy with Rental Escapes. First, determine your approximate travel dates and party size. From there, your Rental Escapes villa specialist will be happy to present you with the best available villa options for your group. Afterward, your concierge can set you up with all sorts of extras, including transportation, chef service, excursions, and more.
People from around the world travel to Corsica for its breathtaking landscapes, enchanting beaches, and rich cultural heritage. Luxury villas in Corsica let you experience all of these firsthand in an intimate, unique way.
Top destinations within Corsica include the trendy Porto Vechio on the southeastern coast, with its fine dining, beautiful beaches, and vibrant nightlife; Bonifacio, a medieval village on the southern tip with narrow streets, ancient fortresses, and a stunning harbour; and small, picturesque villages like Abbartello which offer an authentic taste of rural Corsican life.
For their part, luxury villas in Corsica make the best of their surroundings by combining a deep architectural and cultural history with gorgeous landscapes to create vacation experiences that are as unique as the island itself.
With its warm Mediterranean climate and beautiful landscapes, so much of Corsican life is spent enjoying the company of good friends and family outside. Luxury villas in Corsica with pools let you do that in large, lush outdoor living areas, with a glistening pool to dip into to cool down. Great options here include:
Bonifacio: Just 80m from the sea by the historic village of Bonifacio, this villa of the same name offers one of the most exquisite outdoor living areas in Corsica, replete with intricate stonework, a grotto-style lounge, and a large, free-form pool surrounded by verdant landscaping and stunning ocean views. A one-of-a-kind experience.
Vista Iola: Overlooking the famed Palombaggia Beach, Visa Iola offers everything you need for an unforgettable holiday. From its stainless steel and lava stone kitchen to its playful games room through to its heated outdoor pool bordered by Roman columns, this villa was designed with an eye for five-star detail and service.
Villa Valinco: With unobstructed views of the Valinco Gulf, Villa Valinco is a refined, minimalist marvel with clean lines and a breezy open concept. It also includes a full gym on the lower level and a private infinity pool on the upper level, making it a great choice for active guests.
Whether you’re travelling with friends, family, or a multigenerational group, large villas in Corsica offer the kind of privacy that allows for life’s most magical memories to take hold. Top choices here include:
Anabel: One of the most private villas in Porto Vecchio, Anabel is an 8-bedroom stunner offering both mountain and sea views throughout its 2.4 acres, including from its heated infinity pool and through its floor-to-ceiling windows. This is truly one of Corsica’s most luxurious choices.
Domaine Annamaria: With 7 bedrooms split across two villas, Domaine Annamaria is a perfect choice for two families travelling together, and its location makes it a perfect base through which to explore Corsica’s lush north.
Ile Rouse: Rich stonework and a classic Corsican façade make Ile Rouse stand out, while its stunning views and outdoor dining area make it the perfect spot for family and friends to catch up. And with a rocky and a sandy beach both nearby, it has everything you need to enjoy Corsica’s varied seascapes.
Corsica is also home to several smaller villas that offer couples and smaller families a chance to enjoy all the privacy and amenities of a home rental without any of the wasted space. Great choices here include:
Villa del Porto: Step inside this elegant Porto Vecchio villa and enjoy marble floors and an inviting fireplace; step outside and take in the ocean views, immaculate landscaping, and the private pool. Either way, Villa del Porto evokes the best of the Corsican lifestyle for up to 8 guests.
Villa Gioiello: A modernist, minimalist villa with a private pool and hot tub set on Corsica’s western coast, Villa Gioiello is perfect for a small family or groups of friends travelling together, especially given its proximity to the nearby village of Propriano.
Il Nido: An ideal choice for couples, Villa Il Nido is full of romantic touches like a full-size bathtub, a lush terrace, and an elevated plunge pool overlooking the sea. This is a honeymooner’s paradise.
Corsica is part of the Schengen area, so most travellers from inside the EU will not need to show a passport upon entering. Travellers from outside the area, including from the US, Canada, UK, and Australia, must show a valid passport upon entry to the Schengen area.
Travellers to Corsica can arrive by air, with most landing at either the Bastia-Poretta Airport in the northeast or the Ajaccio-Napoleon Bonaparte Airport in the west.
Ferries are also a popular option for reaching Corsica, especially if travelling from France or Italy. Major ferry ports can be found in Bastia, Ajaccio, Calvi, and Ile Rouse, and popular lines take off from destinations like Marseille, Nice, Toulon, Genoa, and Livorno.
Once you arrive in Corsica, the best way to get around is by rental car. The island is serviced by a good network of roads, and there are plenty of quaint villages and stunning landscapes that are best reached by car.
Your Rental Escapes concierge is happy to help with airport transfers, car rentals, private drivers, and more.
Summer is peak season in Corsica, with sunny weather and warm sea temperatures that are perfect for swimming, as well as plenty of festivals. If you’re a beach lover, then this is the perfect time to visit.
For many, though, shoulder season in spring and fall is ideal thanks to the milder temperatures and great deals that can be found. Both are great times for hiking, and water temperatures may still be warm enough for swimming in early fall.
Winter is low season in Corsica, though temperatures remain mild. This is a great time to experience Corsica as a local and really take in the culture, as well as enjoy some of the best deals on Corsica villa rentals.
Visit the Calanques de Paina: A UNESCO Heritage Site located on the western coast, the Calanques de Paina are a series of red granite cliffs overlooking the Gulf of Porto. The whole area is known for its majestic natural beauty and can be experienced by boat, ATV, jeep, car, or a combination of all three.
Explore the Historic Citadel in Bonifacio: Founded by the Romans in the 9th Century and passing through to the Pisans and the Genoese in the 12th and 15th centuries, the Citadel in Bonifacio is a testament to the architectural and cultural history of Corsica. The Citadel also includes religious sites like the Saint-Marie-Majeure Church with its beautiful frescos and major historical sites like the King of Aragon Staircase.
Visit Ajaccio: Ajaccio is both the capital city and the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. As a result, its bustling streets stand as both a reflection of Corscia’s rich history and to its vibrant, contemporary atmosphere. Dine at the harbour, visit Maison Bonaparte, or just take in the ambiance of the historic city centre – there’s no shortage of things to do here.
Corsican cuisine is a delicious blend of French and Italian inspirations that combine to bring out the best of the island’s bounty.
Corsica is particularly famous for its rich charcuterie, especially the ham from its acorn-fed pigs, including prisuttu (air-dried ham), coppa (cured pork shoulder) and lonzu (pork tenderloin).
Corsica is also famous for its artisanal cheeses, including Brocciu, a creamy cheese made from goat’s milk that features prominently in Corsican cheesecake.
The island is also known for its fresh seafood, with dishes like grilled fish, seafood stew, and seafood pasta being especially popular. Local specialties include langoustines, sea urchins, and Corsican oysters.
Lastly, Corsica is home to a thriving wine industry with its own unique grape varieties, including Niellucciu.
In addition to restaurant reservations, your Rental Escapes concierge can also arrange villa pre-stocking and private chef service on any villa rental, so you can enjoy the best of Corsican cuisine anytime.
Corsica benefits from a Mediterranean climate, with warm, sunny summers and mild winters.
Spring in Corsica sees temperatures vary from 10-20°C (50-68°F), with average rainfall between 50-75 mm (2-3 inches). The landscape really starts to blossom at this time and the island starts to come alive, making it a great time to visit.
Summer sees average temperatures rise to 20-30°C (68-86°F), with average rainfall dropping to 10-25mm (0.5-1 inch). Water temperatures warm up, making this a great time to visit the beach and swim.
Autumn sees average temperatures drop to 15-25°C (59-77°F), with average rainfall increasing to 50-100 mm (2-4 inches). While the beginning of the season is still warm enough to swim, as the season progresses temperatures drop, leading to golden hues across the vegetation.
Winter, lastly, sees temperatures drop further to 5-15°C (41-59°F), with average rainfall increasing to 75-100mm (3-4 inches). While winter is mild overall, this is still the wettest time of the year, especially in the more mountainous regions.
If you’re hoping to visit this beautiful part of France, Rental Escapes can elevate your Corsica villa rental into a true luxury experience.
Our portfolio includes the finest villa rentals in Corsica, including villas with private pools, large villas, smaller villas, and more.
Your Rental Escapes villa expert can find the best villa for your group, and your concierge personalizes your trip to create the ultimate Corsican luxury villa experience.
Contact us today to book your next dream holiday!