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The IslandThe guide was updated:After centuries under Genoese rule and a brief stint as an independent republic (lasting just a decade and a half), Corsica was ceded to King Louie XV in 1769, and has remained a French territory ever since. It is divided into two regions, Upper Corsica and Southern Corsica, and though the southern half tends to garner more praise (and visitors), Upper Corsica has more than its share of attractions, excitement and beauty.
Much of the region is taken up by the Corsica Regional Natural Park, a vast protected area of dense forests and rocky peaks, ideal for hiking and adventurous endeavors. The numerous laid-back coastal towns and beaches are perfect for rest and relaxation, while the regional capital of Bastia offers cosmopolitan comforts and animated city life.