Just off the south of France, and closer to the coast of Italy, the small, mountainous island of Corsica lies in wait for the three million tourists that visit its shores each year. Few places in Europe have such varied landscapes, from sweeping white-sand beaches and deep gorges, to towering mountains and otherworldly coastal cliffs.

Corsica might just be your all-in-one European island break. Whether you’ve already visited, are planning to or have never even heard of Corsica, here are 23 pictures that’ll give you some serious wanderlust.

Corte Citadel at sunrise

Dreamstime.com: Dominik Mich lek

Bastia

Dreamstime.com: David Espin / Telemack

Bay of Calvi

Dreamstime.com: David Espin / Telemack

Vineyard Domaine de Torraccia

Ostriconi (Perajola) beach, Balagne

Notre Dame de la Serra perched on mountain, Calvi

Genoese watchtower and Capo d’Orto peak, Porto

San Michele de Murato (Pisan church), Murato, Nebbio (Nebbiu)

A winding stream at the foot of Monte Renoso

Bavella

Calanches de Piana

Speloncato from above, Balagne

Roccapina beach

The view to Bastia from San Martino di Lota

Nonza village, Cap Corse

The eastern plains

Cinqui Frati massif, Monte Cinto, Niolo (Niolu) Valley

 Lac de Nino, Haute-Corse

The grey beach at Nonza

Sunset over San Antonio village

Les Iles Sanguinaires, Ajaccio

Ostriconi (Perajola) beach

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