Holidays in Corsica tend to cost more than in mainland France but the beaches are some of the best in Europe, the food sensational and the local festivals spectacular. Around eight million visitors come to enjoy its wild landscapes and stunning coastline each year, most of them French. Stay Hotel La Palma (doubles from €75 room-only in June, hotelcorselapalma.com), a halfhour drive from Bastia airport, has 18 rooms and is close to vineyards and the beaches near Saint Florent. Hang out For turquoise water, and white sand without crowds, head to Lozari beach, just east of L’Ile Rousse. Laze on the sand, swim, walk to the ruins of the hilltop Genoese watchtower and have lunch at Vava’u Chez Taté (grilled fish, octopus and seafood salads from around €10, on Facebook). Eat For plates of baked mussels and langoustines, and maybe the best pizzas on the island, try A Tana (+33 4 95 38 71 18), above the port in Bastia, with a vaulted dining room and a few outside tables. It has seafood pastas and pizzas (€8-€10), Corsican beer, local wines and the warm-heartedness of a restaurant that is always full. Day trip Half an hour’s drive from Porto-Pollo on Corsica’s west coast is Filitosa (adult €7, filitosa.fr), a stunning 8,000-year-old megalithic settlement of carved granite menhirs. Way to go EasyJet flies to Ajaccio from Gatwick, and to Bastia from Gatwick, Manchester and Stansted. Ferries run to Corsica from Nice, Marseille and Toulon.