Corsica is in the Tyrrhenian Sea in the western Mediterranean, 160 kms south-west of the French Riviera and 82 kms west of the coast of Tuscany, on the same latitude as Rome. Corsica is mountainous and its highest point is Monte Cintu at 2710 m. Corsica is about 180 kms by 80 kms. The coast is 1000 kilometres (300 are beach) long and has amazing cliffs, long sandy beaches and many hidden coves. It is almost certainly the least ‘spoiled’ coastline of France. By comparison with the built up coasts of mainland France, Corsica’s are relatively unspoiled and jealously guarded.
The island has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. The natural vegetation is Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and shrubs. The mountains are cooler and wetter, and home to the Corsican montane broadleaf and mixed forests ecoregion, which supports diverse forests of oak, pine, and broadleaf deciduous trees, with vegetation more typical of northern Europe on the slopes of the highest peaks.