Sun-soaked and blissfully void of package holidays, this French island south-east of the Côte d'Azur weaves together the best parts of Italy and France. An incredible food and wine offering is a testimony to its mixed heritage. Catering to those seeking a golden glow is five miles of sandy stretch in upmarket Calvi, while the rugged scenery of Scandola Nature Reserve gives thrill-seekers the chance to dive off the red rocks and kayak through sparkling lagoons. Move away from expensive beachfront restaurants and follow winding country lanes to U Cantonu, just outside of the cliff-side town of Porto Vecchio. The rustic farmhouse is heavy on tradition, plating up hearty portions of Corsican lamb and cheese paired with velvety, local reds. Savour the tranquillity as you'll dine largely undisturbed - bar the soundtrack of grazing cows.