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on 8 July 2013
On our recent trip to Corsica we took this Rough Guide and the Cadogan Guide. On balance I preferred the Cadogan which I think covered the history & culture of Corsica better, perhaps to be expected, but also seemed to have more information generally about the area of Corsica we were visiting (we stayed in two villas in Southern Corsica, one on a vineyard between Porto Vecchio & Bonifacio, the second just outside Olmeto in the hills above Propriano). I can't comment about the coverage in other areas of the island.
The Rough Guide suggests that you can travel reasonably easily in most of Corsica using public transport provided you are willing to be flexible and plan in advance, although it acknowledges "the manifest inadequacies" of the public transport system. In truth, for most people, particularly anyone on a one or two week holiday, public transport is likely to prove too restrictive. I have my doubts that anyone with children would relish the prospect of being dropped over several kilometres from, e.g. the site of Filitosa, and having to walk the rest of the way or hope for a hitch. Yet whilst there is a 'hair shirt' approach to getting around, some of the hotel and restaurant recommendations are at the opposite end of the scale - a somewhat bizarre combination, although it perhaps reflects that Corsica is not a cheap destination.
The Rough Guide seemed to miss some lovely villages, some just a few kilometres from places they did mention which seemed less worthy of the attention. The same applied to beaches - there were several easily accessible beaches which didn't get a mention whilst nearby but much less attractive beaches did get a write up. I have always viewed the Rough Guides as mentioning places a little more off the beaten track but this didn't seem to be the case. There is better information about walking in Corsica than in the Cadogan guide so if that is your interest then the RG wins out.
Overall, I didn't sense any real enthusiasm for Corsica, and at times I wasn't even convinced the author had visited the places as there was a feeling of tourist brochurese which might explain the failure to mention the next beach around the bay. If you are interested in the culture and history of the island I would strongly recommend you read Dorothy Carrington's book 'Granite Island' which I probably used more than either of the formal guide books.