BonifacioCaroline Orsetti (General Council of Southern Corsica)
Established in 1975 when the island was split into two separate departments, Southern Corsica is one of the so-called "smaller departments". It extends over a total area of 4,014 square kilometres, with a population of around 140,000 according to the latest census and has 124 municipalities.
So there is a great contrast in Southern Corsica between the coastal areas, home to most of the population and its economic activities, and the isolated mountainous areas inland. Nevertheless it benefits from the dynamic regional capital, Ajaccio, located on the west coast, and the equally dynamic south, highlighted by Porto-Vecchio and Bonifacio.
Attracting a great many tourists, Southern Corsica has a very sunny climate and boasts a great variety of landscapes, including the gulfs of Girolata and Porto, and the Scandola Nature Reserve, which are listed UNESCO World Heritage sites. The main tourist attraction is the coast, with marinas and beaches (Ajaccio, Propriano, Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio).
Tourism is not yet as well developed inland, despite the creation of the Corsica Regional Nature Reserve and a few cross-country skiing resorts. Once again, Southern Corsica will provide a remarkable setting for major events.