For spectacular scenery, you can't do better than rugged Corsica. Lying off the southern coast of France in the Mediterranean Sea, Corsica charms with its mountains, hills, quaint harbors, and memorable beaches. During its lengthy and fascinating history, Corsica has belonged to both France and Italy, and aspects of both cultures are certainly noticeable. But Corsicans also have developed their very own identity, one which the inhabitants are fiercely proud of.
From Calvi with its proud citadel, to Bastia with its palm-lined streets, Corsica holds many treasures for travelers who want to get off the beaten path.
(Photo credit: Terence S. Jones, from Flickr)