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    Corsica or Kefalonia

    Corsica or Kefalonia – find your short-haul sunshine

    Heathrow

    Corsica

    What’s there?

    France’s “little bit of Italy” has long sandy beaches, pretty fishing villages, awe-inspiring scenery, wild mountains, chestnut groves and a fascinating cultural melting pot. Enjoy its unique cuisine and – for much of the year, at least – peace and quiet.

    Who goes there?

    Nature lovers, hikers, yachties and beach fans. History buffs (the island has been ruled by everyone over the centuries, from the Phoenicians to the Genoese). In July and August the island is a magnet for French and Italian tourists.

    Who isn’t it for?

    Corsica has its fashionable spots but it isn’t quite Paris on the Med.

    Why not any other Mediterranean island?

    Corsica has a unique culture, blending the best of Italy and France with a fiercely independent streak. And the stunning scenery of its rocky west coast contrasts perfectly with the golden shores of the east – it’s an island with something for everyone. Even golfers.

    What’s nearby?

    Sardinia is a very day-trippable seven miles south, while the coast of Tuscany lies 50 miles east. Mainland France is almost 100 miles to the north-west.

    What else is there to do?

    Visit Napoleon’s birthplace in Ajaccio; drive or hike through the red granite formations of Les Calanches; dine at Michelin-starred restaurants (seven at last count).

    How to get there

    Fly with British Airways direct from Heathrow to Figari on Sundays from May to October 2018.

    Find out more

    Corsica travel guide (Heathrow.com)

    Kefalonia

    (aka Cephalonia)
    What’s there?

    If you’re looking for turquoise seas, quaint villages, traditional fishing harbours, Roman ruins, churches, castles and magnificent views, this Ionian island might well float your boat.

    Who goes there?

    The boating set. Movie and literature fans (the Captain Corelli film was praised for its spectacular setting, if not much else). Anyone looking for authentic culture and a complete Greek island experience.

    Who isn’t it for?

    Anyone in search of throbbing nightlife or five-star chic. There are sheer cliffs all around so Kefalonia probably isn’t first choice for beach lovers – though Myrtos Beach, set in a picture-perfect bay at the foot of two mountains, is often rated Greece’s best.

    Why not any other Greek island?

    The Ionians’ location in the north-west of Greece means shorter flights (about three hours) and less extreme summer temperatures.

    What’s nearby?

    The Ithaca of Greek mythology is a short hop across the water. And Zakynthos (or Zante), with its Smugglers Cove, Blue Grotto and golden beaches, is only a little farther.

    What else is there to do?

    Hire a boat from Fiskardo harbour and explore the nearby coves, or navigate over to Ithaca for an impromptu adventure (mind the swell on the way back!). Go on a full-day snorkelling trip with Ionian Discoveries in search of octopuses, moray eels and shipwrecks. See the original “cave of the Nymphs” at Melissani.

    How to get there

    Fly direct with British Airways from Heathrow to Kefalonia on Tuesdays and Saturdays from May to October 2018.

    Find out more

    Kefalonia travel guide (Heathrow.com)