It is very simplistic to see Corsica as nothing more than a postcard setting, a paradise for tourists, a land reduced to fascinating only by its appearance. No, Corsica is a strong identity, a complex history and an island people proud of their difference. These aspects are now significant in Southern Corsica where the culture and identity of a people are expressed. Language, gastronomy and even crafts are an integral part of the Corsican soul. Visiting Corsica also means taking the time to discover a unique and singularly endearing intangible heritage.
Corsican products, the fruits of a sunny region
This gastronomic heritage carried by its local producers remains strongly marked by the Mediterranean influence, with the reasoned exploitation of sun-drenched lands. Sheep and goat farming, typical of southern Europe, produces renowned cheeses, while citrus fruits, olives and grapes flourish wonderfully in the Corsican heat, producing fragrant and tasty agricultural products.
An authentic taste and subtle flavors
Cultivating a close bond with nature, Corsican producers favor authentic products, whether for perfumes, seafood or wild honeys with multiple essences.
This land of freedom is even expressed in Corsican charcuterie. In this island rich in wild boars, the custom is to raise pigs in semi-freedom, allowing them to feed on herbs from the maquis, chestnuts from the forest or even wild hazelnuts. This 100% natural diet gives them flesh full of scents and unique charcuterie, whose reputation goes far beyond the island.
This perpetual relationship with authentic nature is found in the same way in local craftsmanship, with the work of olive wood, or local cutlers.
The Corsican knife remains the essential tool for the shepherd or farmer, as soon as they join the maquis or the forest.
A tradition that continues
Through its productions and its crafts, the Corsican people continue to bring their culture and their territory to life.
Practices as old as transhumance and pastoralism make it possible to maintain spaces, protect them, fertilize them, giving the Corsican shepherd a social dimension that is still just as important.
This sense of celebration and sharing is also found through festive and gourmet products, such as canistrelli, myrtle liqueur, white beer with maquis herbs or even delicious fiadones. To perpetuate the spirit of conviviality, Southern Corsica also produces some quality wines, the AOC Vins de Corse including in particular the wines of Figari, Sartène or Calvi.
These holidays in Southern Corsica will allow you to discover a rich culture, through authentic local products, inviting sharing and celebration.