If there’s one place I’d recommend to travelers in 2024, it’s Corsica. Fashionably jet-set but too cool to care, Corsica is still relatively unknown to Americans—maybe because it requires more effort to reach than other European beach destinations, or perhaps because the Côte d’Azure is the first place people imagine in the south of France.
But Corsica offers a more well-rounded experience, especially if you want something laid back: think pristine beaches, fresh seafood, and very few tourists. As for the riding, it felt like exploring the world’s best-kept secret. One memorable route was the Cap Corse to Calvi, a peninsular ride surrounded on every side by the Mediterranean. Don’t miss the Désert des Agriates, a wild and arid little pocket where we stopped for grilled fish and rosé right on the beach. C’est magnifique.