Corsica Weather May Averages, France
What's the Weather Like in 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.
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.
Hotels for Corsica in May
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
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.
Les Jardins De La Glaciere
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.
Beaches for May for Corsica
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.
Restaurants and Bars for Corsica in May
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.
Glacier du Port
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.
Things to Do in Corsica in May
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.