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The Mediterranean island of Corsica is about one hundred miles off the coast of France and 50 miles from Italy. For nearly 400 years it was a possession of the independent state of Genoa before coming under French control in the 18th century. Genoean historical ties continue to influence local culture and cuisine.
Technically, Corsica is a “territorial collectivity” of France providing for more local autonomy than other regions of the country.
In many ways it is a continent in miniature with mountains that cover two-thirds of the land and a coastline over 600 miles long with more than 200 beaches of clean, clear waters. Corsica has been described as “wildly beautiful.” Little industry, wildlife protection and minimal development have left the island unspoiled.
Corsica has four international airports with year-round air service to major European cities. It is also well connected by ferry service.
Yachting, canyon-hiking and all things beach-related are staples of the Corsican lifestyle. Red granite cliffs, known as the Calanches de Piana, form other-worldly rock formations as they plunge into the sea, changing color with the light of the day. The road through the Calanches is one of Europe’s great drives. The coastline is of historical importance, too. Some 67 Genoese towers, built centuries ago to guard against pirate attacks, still line its shores.
Ajaccio is the capital of the island--and the birthplace of Corsica’s favorite son, Napoleon Bonaparte. His childhood home is now a national museum. Ajaccio is a lively old port city on the west coast with mountains in silhouette. The fashionable resort town of Porto-Vecchio on the southern coast draws the international yachting community and is a desirable spot for second home buyers.
Aside from Corsicans themselves, buyers from mainland France make up the bulk of property buyers, followed by the British. There are no restrictions on international investors.