TOP 10 of the things to do in Corsica when it rains
Corsica is obviously associated with heavenly beaches, superb natural pools, the GR20 hiking trails, the Mare a Mare, the Mare e Monti, the splendid sunsets, the villages on the mountainside...
We reassure you, this is what you will find most of the time on this 'île de beauté', which no longer has a reputation to make. However, Corsica would not be as green without a little rain! Don't worry, even if on this day you can forget hiking, diving or boat trips, Corsica is full of activities to do in case of rain.
Top 1: Spend a relaxing day in the warmth of the Riva Bella Thalasso & Spa center in Linguizzetta
In the heart of a thalasso center of more than 500m², discover the benefits of heated sea water during your hydrotherapy treatments, and warm up in the hammam or sauna, then relax during the massages. A day at Riva Bella is an opportunity to recharge your batteries in summer as well as in winter. From the parcours marin (a set of hydromassage jets), observe the Terrenzana ponds, the eastern Corsican scrubland and the Cortenais and Fiumorbu mountains in the background while you are in the 32° hot water. A real picture to be appreciated from the centre's jacuzzi.
Top 2: Discover the towns
Many towns are worth a visit and stand out for their architecture and history:
- Bastia for its citadel and its old port,
- Bonifacio for its cliffs and its bastion,
- Cervione for its museum and its know-how in chestnut and hazelnut processing
- Corte for its museum on Corsica, its old town, its panorama on the mountains, its bars and restaurants
- Saint Florent for its Bastion, its pretty little streets
- Nonza for its traditional houses and its panorama on the grey sand beach
- Erbalunga for its typical houses and its small port
Top 3 : Walk in the animal park with the llamas
Stretch your legs and opt for a little walk with the donkeys, llamas, pigs, and other animals of the Riva Bella park. This is an opportunity to get to know these friendly and sociable animals and to enjoy nature and the landscapes on the ponds. Of course, you will need an umbrella or a mackintosh. Afterward, a 15-minute relaxing moment in the free (for residents) sauna in Riva Bella is a must!
Top 4: Learn more about the island's culture by visiting museums
Does Corsica have its origins in Italy? In France? Elsewhere? How did the Corsicans live 100 years ago? What is the place of religion on the island? Where do polyphonic songs come from?
The island of beauty will no longer hold any secrets for you once you have visited these different museums:
- Archaeology Museum of Aléria
- Anthropological Museum of Cervione
- Museum of Corsica in Corte
- Pascal Paoli Museum in Morosaglia
- Galea Park in Folelli
- Museum of the Resistance in Zonza
- Archaeological Museum of Mariana
- Palais Fesch / House of Napoleon in Ajaccio
- Museum of the Citadel in Calvi
- Governors' Palace in Bastia
Top 5 : Visit producers
Corsica is full of authentic products and culinary know-how that has been passed down from generation to generation and whose recipes are often carefully preserved. Take part in the local economy and the short circuit by visiting the producers in their farms. In the area around Riva Bella you will find vineyards, whisky, gin, vodka, and liqueur distilleries, breweries, an oil mill, a mustard workshop, beekeepers, producers of essential oils and by-products, farmers, cheese and by-product cooperatives, farms specializing in chestnut and hazelnut products, traditional bakeries, etc. You can find all the producers on the website:
www.gustidicorsica.com or on www.ecotourisme-corseorientale.corsica.
Top 6: Bathing in hot springs
What could be better on a rainy day in Corsica than to bask in hot springs? You will find several more or less developed springs:
- Pietrapola Les Bains
- Caldane's baths
- Guitera Les Bains
- Baths of Baracci
Top 7 : Taste the Corsican gastronomy
A day of bad weather is also an opportunity to taste Corsican gastronomy: brocciu, oysters, mussels, figatellu, coppa, fiadone, frappes, cannistrelli, azziminu, wild boar specialities, prisuttu, canelloni with brocciu, veal with olives, etc. Many inns welcome you in a friendly atmosphere and are an opportunity to learn more about the culture and traditions.
Top 8: Do local craft workshops
On this gloomy day, get your imagination and creativity going by discovering local crafts during workshops:
- Essential oil diffuser making,
- Pottery classes
- Painting classes
- Soap making workshop
This will also be an opportunity to bring back a small souvenir of your stay.
Top 9: See Corsican shows or concerts
Although not well known, many theatre groups perform in Bastia, Ajaccio or even in smaller venues (check the program of Anima, a cultural association in Fiumorbu). Consult the tourist offices to find out when the polyphonic singing concerts are held, often in churches. These songs, which are a true intangible heritage of the island's culture, used to describe pastoral life, village customs and Corsican legends. Finally, from time to time, you can listen to Corsicans singing in certain inns.
Top 10: Discover local crafts
Corsica's arts and crafts combine the quality of the island's materials with know-how and creativity. Given the island's traditions, craftsmen have a predilection for certain materials such as earth, wood and metal, with works of ironwork, the traditional Corsican knife, furniture (particularly chestnut), not forgetting pottery, both utilitarian and decorative. Discover a list of craftsmen who open the door of their workshops here:
Let's have a little top 11 ! Cinema, bowling, escape game,
OK, so this is a bit of a departure from the traditional Corsican way of doing things, but it's also an opportunity to have some fun!
You will find cinemas, bowling alleys, life-size games, and laser games in the big cities. It's an opportunity to have a good time with the family even if it's raining outside.
A typical recommendation: a traditional and friendly cinema can be found in Abbazia, about 30 minutes from Riva Bella. It is the Excelsior, run by Jacqueline, who used to run a traveling cinema and who now takes care of the customers who come to watch the film. The particularity of this place is that underneath the screen there is a bar where customers can enjoy a drink or one of Jacqueline's specialties. At film time, the bell is rung, the bar is closed and the film begins!