Haute-Corse is a French department, constituting of the northern part of the Corsica Island, which is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily, Sardinia, and Cyprus). Greeks were used to naming it “Kalliste”, the island of beauty. Today, Corsica is still one of the most charming places of the Mediterranean.
The department is surrounded on three sides by the Mediterranean Sea and on the south by the department of Corse-du-Sud.The entire island of Corsica is mountainous with many beautiful beaches.Not far from the glitzy and commercialised Riviera, it still remains unspoiled and unchanged over the years, which only makes it more endearing.One third of the island consists of Natural Park of Corsica protected by environmental organisation.The main towns are: Bastia, Ajaccio, Corte, Calvi, Lucciana, Borgo, Ile Rousse, Porto-Vecchio, Sastene and Calezana.
ClimateThe climate is typically Mediterranean (for the 2 thirds of the island) with long, sunny and dry summers with a maximum of 36°c and an average water temperature of 25°c. Winters are and mild with regular rains and an average temperature of 16 °c.However, it varies greatly depending on the altitude. Between 600-1200m the summers are hot and sunny but in the winters the temperature may drop to 0°c.An alpine climate (12% of the island territory) prevails, the sun is hot in summer, but the nights are cool, and in winter there is snow from September to May with skiing possible in many places.The island has an average of greater than 2700 hours of sunshine per year and the average sea temperature in the summer is 24 °C. Lees meer