Written By Jayne
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Written by the wonderful Sam Tatro of Undiscovered Path Home
Is there anything quite like an island getaway elopement? The French island of Corsica, located just north of Sardinia, may be French on paper…but this island paradise retains a lot of its Italian culture and style, too, making it such a unique place to elope. The Mediterranean island provides such a romantic and relaxed setting for your wedding day. If you’re picturing crystal clear water beaches, stunning scenery and a cool summer breeze, a Corsica elopement just might be perfect for you!
This natural sight is located in the southern-central part of Corsica. The best part? You can enjoy this beautiful area from the car, or venture inside. Start by driving the D268, which gives comprehensive vistas of towering mountains and soaring limestone columns. If you like to hike, make sure to head up the GR20 hiking trail towards the Variante Alpine area. It’s often called Europe’s most difficult hiking trail, but the views are beyond extraordinary. You’ll treasure your wedding photos for years to come.
Lace up your favorite hiking boots and let’s go trekking! This 8 kilometer hike follows rocky riverbeds and even takes you up a chain ladder. Even in mid-summer, these hike towards Lake Melo is well worth the time. You’ll be rewarded with beautiful views and sparkling water – don’t be afraid to jump in! If you have even more time on your hands, you can keep hiking to Lake Capitello.
In the Vallée de San Martinu, the River Cavu is nestled between large granite boulders and cascading waterfalls. Clear blue pools of water make a breathtaking backdrop for your Corsica elopement, and there’s plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors afterwards. Nearby, there’s a small visitors center with a cafe and some bikes for hire.
The Lavezzi Islands off the southern coast of Corsica are any beach lover’s dream. These uninhabited islands will leave you completely speechless. Grey granite boulders, coral reefs, crystalline water… There are few places as absolutely beautiful as this! You can catch a boat down to the islands from Bonifacio, or you can charter your own private boat and make it a full day of adventuring!
Corsica has some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, hands down! If you’ve always dreamed of a beachside elopement, this is the place to do it. From Plage de Palombaggia to Plage de Saleccia, there are no shortages of gorgeous beaches on Corsica for your perfect Corsica elopement.
Corsica, France, is best known as one of those “relax on the beach” islands, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do on the island.
The weather in Corsica is pretty much always pleasant. In the summertime, Corsica has warm weather and cool breezes. The island has mild winters, too, and it never gets quite cold enough for a full winter jacket.
The best time to elope in Corsica is the summertime. The island tends to have an influx of tourists from June to August, so if privacy is important to you, consider visiting during a shoulder season. In September, for example, the temperature is still warm enough to visit the beach but cool enough to go hiking. May and June are also ideal, temperature-wise, as many of the flowers are just blossoming.
Who doesn’t love French food? There’s something for everyone in France, but especially if you love cheese. Corsica, however, has its own set of specialties and unique plates. When you’re visiting Corsica, spend some time trying the local specialties. These are some of the must-try local dishes:
And of course, don’t forget the many restaurants in Corsica. These are some of the best places to grab a bite:
Corsica is well-known for their beach bars and sunset spots. There’s no shortage of beautiful places to sit down, reflect, and relax. Here are some of the best places to grab a poolside cocktail or celebratory champagne in Corsica:
Hotels in Corsica can vary from low key to high-end luxury. The best hotels in Corsica often have infinity pools, private villas, and lots of relaxation spots. What’s not to love? Here are some of my favorite Corsica luxury hotels for Corsica elopements and honeymooners…as well as some really nice places to stay:
Keep in mind, many restaurants in Corsica also offer catering!
When you’re planning to visit Corsica, keep in mind that there are two ways to get to the island. You can take a plane, or you can take a ferry. To fly into Corsica, you will need to fly to mainland France or certain European capital cities and then fly to Corsica. Likewise, you can take a ferry from the south of France.
Once you land in Corsica, expect limited public transit. Plan to rent a car to fully maximize exploring the island, or pick where you plan to stay carefully.
Unfortunately, if you want to elope in France, you will need to handle the paperwork before or after your elopement. Unless you are a French resident, there is no way to make your elopement a legal marriage in France. To plan an elopement in Corsica, you should plan on getting legally married in your own country and then have the ceremony in France. It will be less stressful this way, anyways!
Corsica can be an intimidating place to explore, especially if you’ve never visited Europe before. It doesn’t have to be intimidating, though. Here are some of my favorite tips for exploring Corsica:
Who can blame you?! Corsica is one of the most beautiful spots in Europe. The undeniable natural beauty of this place lends itself perfectly to a variety of wild and wonderful elopements. Get in touch with Jayne now to plan something beyond your wildest dreams!
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