Sometimes called a mini-continent, Corsica has 385 miles of coastline, more than 200 divine beaches, bountiful nature reserves, and stunning mountain retreats. A gentle Mediterranean climate has promoted rich evergreen forests, and protects a wide variety of bird species. Several endangered animals thrive in the southern alpine mountains of snow-capped glaciers, and the Scandola Nature Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site. With one of Europe’s finest hiking trails, 40 varieties of orchids, rare lichens and mosses, and wonderful cuisine, visitors to Corsica may be tempted to stay on land – but there is a vital water culture as well. Swim, dive, or paraglide. Visit the whale and dolphin sanctuaries that surround the islands. Explore the sea caves near Bonifacio or do some sea fishing. It’s all right here on Corsica, which the Greeks called “Kalliste” – the Beautiful Island.