The green island par excellence.
Corsica is the ultimate green island where numerous classified sites can be found and where natural reserves are recognized nationally and inscribed on the world patrimony of UNESCO. This “mountain in the sea” has 120 peaks exceeding 2,000 metres of altitude, snow-capped until spring for some of them. The 25 rivers that run through it make it the most irrigated island in the Mediterranean basin. With 1,000 kilometres of coastline, its shore is as varied as rich.
A place of choice for culture and sport.
2 historical figures are associated with Corsica and its history: Pasquale Paoli and Napoleon Bonaparte. The first, an enlightenment man, governed the Corsican nation from 1765 to 1769 and is the father of the 1st democratic constitution. The second is at the origin of major reforms for education, economics or law (he is famous for having written the French Civil Code in 1804). The numerous monuments and sites of exception throughout the territory are testimonies of its history, its culture, alive and open, perpetuated by centuries of traditions and maintained by the island mentality. An island spirit that also finds its full expression in the voices, the music and the arts and crafts. The Museum of Corsica, dedicated to regional anthropology in Corte, is definitely to be visited. Corsica is also renowned for its gastronomy: chestnuts, citrus fruits, delicatessen, honeys, cheeses, wines and liqueurs are all authentic and unavoidable products. The climate and the geographic configuration of the island allow the practice of all the leisure and outdoor activities: from simple swimming to mountaineering, including all water and mountain sports, horse riding or walking on the famous GR 20, mountain biking… All year round, festivals and meetings highlight what makes the specificity of Corsica. Often of an international significance, these meetings are occasions for intercultural exchange and sharing.
A dynamic territory.
Beyond the common postcard representation, Corsica is also an economically active region. Its rate of business creation is higher than in other French regions; companies more successful than elsewhere. 75% of the companies created are still active 3 years after they were launched. This culture of entrepreneurship is very strong at the University of Corsica. Companies with international reach can be found in Corsica, including (non-exhaustive list), GoodBarber (creator of smartphone applications, co-founded by a former member of the University), Pietra, Gloria Maris Groupe, Corstyrene… Finally, Corsica has two fab labs (in Ajaccio and Corte) to support this creative dynamic, one of which being part of the University of Corsica.