The island also has a rich cultural and religious heritage with Franciscan country churches, Genoese frescoes and stunning apses. Of course, it is also the birthplace of the most famous of all Frenchmen, Napoléon Bonaparte!
It is not the easiest place to get to which is one of the reasons why tourism, until quite recently, has been mostly from the mainland. There are four airports on the island – Ajaccio and Figari in the south and west and Bastia and Calvi in the north – and it is well worth checking out which is the nearest to your villa before booking flights.
Now is the time to go to the Ile de Beauté; a paradise that, from the plane, looks barely touched by the 21st century. Lush, wild and totally uncorrupted by motorways or any of the sorts of urban clog that disfigures other Mediterranean islands.