(Corsica suttana) (English
: Southern Corsica
) is a French département
. It is composed of the southern part of the island of Corsica
The department was formed on September 15
, when the Corse
department was divided into Haute-Corse
and Corse-du-Sud. Its boundaries correspond to the former department of Liamone
, which existed from 1793 to 1811.
The department is surrounded on three sides by the Mediterranean Sea
and on the north by the department of Haute-Corse
The entire island of Corsica is mountainous with many beautiful beaches.
The inhabitants of all of Corsica are called Corsicans.
Corsicans are a fiercely independent people. However, a July 6, 2003 referendum on increased autonomy was voted down by a very thin majority: 50.98 percent against to 49.02 percent for. This was a major setback for French Minister of the Interior Nicolas Sarkozy
, who had hoped to use Corsica as the first step in his decentralization policies.
South Corsica enjoys the mild and hot climate of Mediterranean Islands, and therefore attracts a lot of tourists. Its gem is the city of Bonifacio
, part of which is built upon a huge cliff.
But inside mountains are beautiful as well, especially the Aiguilles de Bavella, some naked, needle-like rocks.