Averages for Corsica in May

Corsica is a popular sunshine holiday destination and attracts visitors all year round thanks to its diverse mountain and beach scenery and its idyllic Mediterranean weather. The French island is situated in the Mediterranean Sea, just off the coast of Italy and experiences long, hot, sunny summers and milder winters.

The true start of the summer season begins in Corsica in May as the days get longer a...

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Averages for Corsica in May

  Temperature 16°C

61°F

Low Temperature 11°C

52°F

  High Temperature 21°C

70°F

  Sunshine Hours 10 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 20 %
  Rainfall 40mm
  Rainfall days 17 days
  Chance of Rain 40 %
  Chance of Cloudy Day 20 %
  Sea Temperature 18°C

65°F

Daily averages for May

Daily averages for May

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
°C 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14
°F 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57 57

Averages for Corsica in May

Corsica is a popular sunshine holiday destination and attracts visitors all year round thanks to its diverse mountain and beach scenery and its idyllic Mediterranean weather. The French island is situated in the Mediterranean Sea, just off the coast of Italy and experiences long, hot, sunny summers and milder winters.

The true start of the summer season begins in Corsica in May as the days get longer and warmer. Temperatures have warmed to a pleasant daily average of 16°C while highs hit the 20°Cs for the first time of the year, reaching an average of 21°C. Average low temperatures are still comfortable, falling to just 11°C at night which is pleasant enough for walking around on an evening.

In addition, the sea has now warmed enough for visitors to enjoy the beaches, with an average sea temperature of 18°C. Windsurfing, sailing and boating, snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming and sunbathing are just some of the beach activities that you can enjoy at this time of year.

Precipitation is low in May and visitors can expect dry weather for most of their stay. Averages rainfall levels are down to only 40mm for the month, which falls over 8 wet days, resulting in short showers and spells of drizzle which pass quickly.

Days are long and sunny in May compared to the significantly shorter days of the winter months of November, December, and January. Visitors can now enjoy up to 10 hours of sunshine every day.

With this change of season comes a month dedicated to nature. In Corsica, all of the celebrations and festivals during the month of May are inspired by nature and are held outdoors. May is a wonderful time to visit the island, with an abundance of natural beauty and weather that’s warm and sunny but not unbearably hot.

Mountain peaks in sunset light near Porto

Mountain peaks in sunset light near Porto 

Where to stay

Peak summer season hasn’t quite arrived in Corsica in May, so there are still some great deals to be had on accommodation. The island is home to many great hotels and apartments which cater to every need.

Hotel La Santa is a three-star hotel that’s located in the Ile Rousse region, making it a great base to explore the area. The hotel is ideal for families and couples, with bright and modern rooms, an on-site restaurant and breakfast served every morning. Rooms offer either a village, mountain or coastal view.

Those visiting the mountains of Corsica can find great accommodation at Les Jardins De La Glaciere. Located in the Parque Naturel Regional de Corse, this hotel has a traditional feel with exposed brick walls and tiled flooring. Facilities include a bar lounge, a spa tub and an outdoor pool which is ideal for cooling off in May. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and TVs.

Another great option is Hotel Ostella located in Bastia. This hotel offers a memorable stay, with a charming setting surrounded by gardens and facing the sea along with accommodation that’s modern, comfortable and air-conditioned. What makes this hotel stand out is the stylish on-site spa and the restaurant which is managed by Chef Mr. Rachid Elaoufi and features a contemporary and creative menu.

Old family crypts near Corisca

Old family crypts near Corisca

Things to do

Corsica is a religious island and visitors will be able to witness and take part in religious festivals and celebrations throughout the year. Ascension Day takes place at the start of May and is an important event in the Corsican calendar. Commemorating Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven, it often involves feasts and many people take a long weekend to celebrate.

With the weather improving but temperatures still mild, May is a great time to get out and explore the beautiful scenery of Corsica. The Calanche Cliffs are located in the Gulf of Porto and are a must-see if you’re in the area. The amazing red rock formations against the blue sea create breath-taking views. The best way to see all of the cliffs is by taking a short hike through the area on one of the trails provided.

Ostricioni beach with the desert des Agriates

Ostricioni beach with the desert des Agriates 

Hit the beach

The island of Corsica offers many beautiful beaches along its coast. With rising highs and an average sea temperature of 18°C, May is finally warm enough for holiday makers to enjoy them.

One of the most highly rated beaches on the island, Bodri Beach is a Mediterranean haven of crystal clear turquoise waters, soft white sand and wild landscape. Located between Calvi and Ile Rousse, this small beach is only accessible by foot via a winding trail, but this means that the beach never gets too crowded. While facilities here are sparse, it’s perfect if you prefer a peaceful beach scene.

Eating and drinking out

Corsica has a rich and varied cuisine combining elements of French and Italian cooking and is a must-try when visiting the island. Luckily, there are many restaurants serving authentic and traditional fare, from cheap eats to gourmet meals.

For a first-class taste of French and Corsica cuisine, head to Le Voilier in Bonifacio. Situated on the quay close to the sea, the restaurant is well-known for its delicious fish options which are caught daily for the freshest flavour while all of the food here is perfectly cooked and meticulously presented. An outdoor terrace offers guests beautiful sea views with dinner.

Located by the beach in the Porto region, Le Tahiti serves something a little different to the usual offerings available in Corsica. The food here is inspired by Asian flavours with fresh fish dishes, salads and some highly rated burgers as well as a great range of fruity cocktails. The restaurant has a bright, colourful and laid back interior and a pretty outdoor seating area with sofas-style seating.

Finally, those with a sweet tooth will love Glacier du Port in Sari-Solenzara on the east of the island. This contemporary café boasts a brilliant selection of ice cream sundaes and desserts with a variety of delicious flavours and toppings. Hot drinks and food are also available, but the homemade ice cream is the real star of the show.

May events in Corsica

Public Hoilday

Victory in Europe Day

8th May 2016

On 8th of May people in Corsica celebrate the Victory in Europe Day, or as it is generally known the V Day. It is celebrated to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender. On this day the World War II ended in Europe. During the Second World War Corsica was occupied by the Italian military which lasted from November 1942 until September 1943.

EU event

European Museum Day

18th May 2016

On May 18th, 2016 it is the European Museum Day. On this day almost every museum in France, and therefore in Corsica, is open all night and free of charge. There are other fun and entertaining activities on this night such as concerts, movie screenings, literature readings, fireworks, etc. Corsica has many privately-owned and state-run museums that will appeal to all ages and types of people. Some of the most popular are the Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum in Levie, The Departmental Museum of Prehistory in Sartene and the A Bandero Museum in Ajaccio which features information about Corsica's historical past. If you are interested in this event make sure to check beforehand which museums are taking part in the event.

Website:

http://www.france-voyage.com/events/european-museum-night-109.htm

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