Île Rousse in the heart of Balagne
Once a small fishing village, Île Rousse has become a prized gem in the eyes of the thousands of tourists who flock from around the world to enjoy its winding cobblestone streets and romantic sights. A closer look at the wonders of Île Rousse.
A gem of a town
Île Rousse is known for its quiet, clean neighbourhoods. The narrow streets of this small town are dotted with historic buildings alongside homes built in a more modern yet traditional style. The town centre is brimming with shops offering local products for sale. A charming market hall features produce and goods from local farmers and craftsmen. You’ll find the freshest seafood, fruits, and vegetables at reasonable prices. You won’t want to miss the French charcuterie, sausages, and cheeses. And to round off your meal, be sure to select one of the local Corsican wines. Don’t be surprised by the many games of lawn bowls (‘pétanque’) in progress when you visit: Île Rousse is a haven for pétanque enthusiasts! The town is known for its festive, lively vibe. An added bonus: it is one of the only towns on the island where you can see the Mediterranean from the town centre.
Anyone who spends time in Corsica has to spend at least a few hours on one of the most beautiful beaches in Île Rousse. Two beaches, Napoleon and Caruchettu, are near the centre of town. Long stretches of white sand beckon visitors to stay a while, soak up the sun, and take a dip in the warm, clear water. Or take a quick 5-kilometre trip up the N197 motorway to see the famous Bodri beach. It offers up 400 metres of extra-fine sand.