Best Time to Visit Corsica

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Corsica. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Ajaccio. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Corsica for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 4 °C to 28 °C
Waves Symbol 13 °C to 24 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.433.78 in (1 – 9 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean Sea that belongs to France and has just under 320,000 inhabitants.

It is located some 110 miles south-east of the French mainland and 52 miles west of Italy at the level of Abruzzo. In the south, the neighbouring Italian island of Sardinia is only about 7 miles away.

Corsica, which consists mainly of high mountains, has a coastline around 620 miles long. While the west coast is called the Western Mediterranean, the north is called the Ligurian Sea, while the south and east are called the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Several mountains with more than 2000 meters height, especially the basement mountains in the west of the island, drop steeply in many places only directly at the coast and provide for dramatic landscapes. Highest elevation is Monte Cinto with 2706 meters.

Capital Corsica is the largest city of Ajaccio, whose airport is mainly served by Air France. Ryanair mainly uses Figari Airport near Porto-Vecchio, while German-speaking airlines such as Lufthansa on Corsica use Bastia-Poretta Airport.

Climate in Corsica

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' Corsica has a typical Mediterranean climate. 2750 hours of sunshine a year guarantee a dry and hot summer as well as a mild and partly humid winter. Temperatures in spring range between 15 °C to 20 °C and rise to at least 25 °C from June onwards. In the mountains it can sometimes rain heavily, but in the summer there is seldom rain on the coast.

Although the temperatures in July and August often exceed 27 °C, the heat in Corsica is not oppressive due to a steady, light wind. In addition, 10 hours of sunshine a day from May to August guarantee the best conditions for bathing holidays and activities on the island. From June to October, the Mediterranean reaches water temperatures of a mild 20 °C to 24 °C. July and August are the hottest months in Corsica.

Best Time to Visit Corsica: Overview

JanuaryJan
MaximumMax. 13 °C
Water max. 14 °C
FebruaryFeb
MaximumMax. 14 °C
Water max. 13 °C
MarchMar
TemperaturesTemp. up to 15 °C
Water max. 14 °C
AprilApr
TemperaturesTemp. up to 17 °C
Water max. 15 °C
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NovemberNov
TemperaturesTemp. up to 18 °C
DecemberDec
MaximumMax. 14 °C
Water max. 15 °C

When to go to Corsica?


Corsica is an attractive destination all year round. For those seeking peace and quiet, even the mild winter months are worth a recommendation, even if it cools down to 3 °C to 4 °C at night in January, for example. a good travel time. For hiking and for a more active holiday we recommend the spring and autumn months in Corsica. However, increased rainfall is to be expected from October.

For the majority of travellers who long for sunshine and a relaxing holiday at the seaside, summer is, of course, the best time to travel to Corsica in France. From May to the end of September there are 9 to 12 hours of sunshine per day, the Mediterranean Sea is pleasantly suitable for swimming from the end of May. The high summer months of July and August are therefore particularly popular, and June and September are also the island’s best travel season.

Climate Chart Corsica

Ajaccio

Climate Chart Ajaccio
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Corsica

In the following, you will find the climate table for Corsica, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Ajaccio (Corsica)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature13°14°15°17°21°25°28°28°25°22°18°14°
Night Temperature11°14°16°17°14°11°
Water Temperature14°13°14°15°16°20°23°24°23°21°18°15°
Precipitation (inch)2.912.762.282.051.570.750.430.791.733.433.782.99
Rainy days998763124799
Hours of Sunshine456891112119754
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Ajaccio is 14.8 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: July (22.3 °C)
Coldest month: January (8.2 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Ajaccio is 24 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
June, July, August, September, October, and November

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
July, August, September, and October

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 25.47 inch on 74 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 11.8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.5 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


An absolute highlight in Corsica is the Calanche, a fjord-like bay with bizarre rocky landscapes. It is located south of Porto in the Corsica Regional Natural Park and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO together with the Bay of Girolata and the La Scandola Natural Park. Another interesting sight is the town of Bonifacio with its picturesque old town.

Other attractions await you in Corte, the Filitosa Open Air Museum and the Restonica Valley! Beach lovers will have their real pleasure at the beach of Tamaricciu. Our beach favourites in Corsica also include the Saleccia sand bay, the white beach of Palombaggia, the beautiful Roccapina bay and the beach behind the pine forest of Rondinara.

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Ajaccio (Station Alata)
light rain     light rain, 14.9 °C
Clouds: 56 %       Wind: 9 mph SW
Air Pressure: 1015 hPa       Humidity: 72 %
0.04 in of rain (last 3 hours)
Last updated: 28th Mar 2020, 12:22 pm
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France: Regions

Corsica is part of the holiday destination France. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Corsica: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 3 reviews for Corsica holiday already. Average rating is 4.3 of 5 stars.
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    Antje, 76 years old was there in June

    In the first week of June there was still rainfall and cool temperatures, the next two weeks the sun spoiled us, a light wind made us feel good.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Jenny, 44 years old was there in September

    During the day mostly sunny and nice and warm, in the evening it has unfortunately cooled down, could have been a little warmer for my taste

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Christina, 30 years old was there in June

    Grade 1
    Were 9 days in Corsica on the east coast, had 9 days 37 degrees and sun pure 🙂
    Dreamlike

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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