December Weather Averages for Corsica, France

What's the Weather Like in Corsica in December

Corsica is a small French island in the Mediterranean Sea, located north of Sardinia and west of Italy. Often called the Ile de Beauté, or beautiful island, it is characterized by mountainous landscapes and mild Mediterranean weather.

December marks the arrival of winter on the island. Although many people avoid visiting Corsica in December for this reason, the island still has lots to offer at this time of the year including ...

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    Corsica Weather for December 2019

    What's the Weather Like in Corsica in December

    Corsica is a small French island in the Mediterranean Sea, located north of Sardinia and west of Italy. Often called the Ile de Beauté, or beautiful island, it is characterized by mountainous landscapes and mild Mediterranean weather.

    December marks the arrival of winter on the island. Although many people avoid visiting Corsica in December for this reason, the island still has lots to offer at this time of the year including wonderful views and many attractions. As long as you pack according to the weather forecasts, you can enjoy a great holiday here.

    Temperature

    Average temperatures for this time of year are a cool 9°C though they vary throughout the day. Highs peak at 13°C at the warmest part of the day but can drop to chilly lows of just 4°C at night, so layers will be needed for heading out on an evening.

    Sea Temperature

    The average sea temperatures have also cooled considerably to just 16°C, so it would not be advisable to swim in the sea during winter in Corsica.

    Rainfall

    Rainfall levels are quite high in December but the month is not as wet as the rainy autumn season. There's around 76mm of precipitation on average, with rain falling on about 13 days out of the month, so there will still be plenty of dry days for tourists to enjoy.

    Sunshine Hours

    Days continue to get shorter and darker as December arrives. However, Corsica is one of the sunniest regions of France and despite being in the depths of winter, there is still some sunshine around. On average, there's 4 sunny hours every day on the island.

    While December isn't the most popular time to visit Corsica, the island offers a wonderful escape from colder countries such as the UK which could be experiencing freezing temperatures and snow at this time of year. The island is very quiet this month, which suits travelers looking for a relaxing break.

    Hotels for Corsica in December

    Tourists are well catered for in Corsica, and even in the off-peak winter season, you'll be able to find accommodation to suit your needs.

    Hotel Port Toga

    Hotel Port Toga is a modern and new hotel located in the centre of Bastia just a short walk from the port and the old town. If you like clean and contemporary style, you'll love the rooms which are bright, stylish and well-equipped with flat screen TVs and private bathrooms. With a choice of double rooms, triple rooms and suites, the hotel is ideal for everyone from couples to families.

    Hotel Tettola

    Those visiting the north of the island will find casual and affordable accommodation at the Hotel Tettola. Situated on the beach in the small town of Saint Florent, this hotel is perfect for a relaxing holiday, with a pretty garden area and an on-site bar. Breakfast is served every morning and can be enjoyed in the dining room or on your terrace overlooking the sea or the mountains.

    Langley Resort Napoleon Bonaparte

    Highly recommended by travelers, the Langley Resort Napoleon Bonaparte offers a unique place to stay in L'Île-Rousse. The hotel is set in gardens and housed inside an impressive building that dates back to the 19th century, but has a bright and modern feel inside. Ideal for those travelling with children, facilities include a kid's club and restaurant on site.

    Restaurants and Bars for Corsica in December

    December is one of the quietest months on the island, but many of the restaurants, cafés and bars remain open for holiday makers to enjoy.

    U Casanu

    U Casanu is a small but popular restaurant located in Calvi that's definitely worth a visit. With a quaint and charming setting, the restaurant serves delicious French and Corsican cuisine that's homemade with fresh, local produce – the octopus comes highly recommended. Because of its small size, booking ahead is essential.

    Lan'K Restaurant

    Tourists visiting Bonifacio can enjoy a true taste of Corsican cuisine at Lan'K Restaurant. Sitting in the centre of the old town, this traditional establishment offers a warm and cosy welcome to all, from couples to families. The set menu is a great value option and includes a range of authentic dishes and local wines for an affordable price.

    Da Passano

    Last but not least, Da Passano is another must-try in the town of Bonifacio. Offering something a little different from the abundance of traditional eateries, Da Passano is a modern delicatessen-style restaurant and wine bar serving a range of fusion food and tasty tapas dishes. With a relaxed feel, this is a perfect place to spend an evening with family and friends.

    Things to Do in Corsica in December

    Musee Fesch

    Don't let lower temperatures discourage you from taking a trip to Corsica in December. This is a perfect time of year to visit some of the island's indoor attractions and cultural sites such as the city museums. Arguably the most well-known museum on the island, Musée Fesch (also known as Palais Fesch-musée des beaux-arts), is located in Ajaccio and houses the largest collection of paintings in France besides the Louvre.

    Shopping

    December is also a perfect time for shopping in Corsica. If you still have some last minute gifts to pick up before Christmas, head to the island's towns including Porto Vecchio, Calvi and Bonifacio where you can buy a selection of unique souvenirs and local items, from leather goods to glass and pottery. For high-end French and Italian boutiques, Ajaccio is the place to be.

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