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We made a quick decision to go to Aleria when rain made us put off a hike we had planned for that day. Unfortunately we got there at 12h05 meaning that the museum was shut including the archaeological digs along with it. Phoecians and Etruscans both lived in the area plus the old Roman town and would have been good to have seen the objects and vestiges from that time, but being pressed for time we had to leave after a few pics in the village of the Fort de Matra and the 9th c church of St Marcel, first church to be built in Corsica. Of course it has been rebuilt a few times using the stones from the old Roman town. The fort houses the Archaeological museum of Aleria.
The museum is open every day from 8.00 to 12.00:14.00 to 17.00 or 19.00 depending on the time of year. It is closed on the usual bank holidays and every Sunday between 1st October and 31st March. Cost of the visit is 2 euros p.p. with certain reductions for children etc.
Updated Oct 29, 2011
Address: Fort de Matra, 20270 Aleria.
Phone: 07 95 57 00 92
This is a great hike to do, but choose the early morning to do it if possible. A great drive up the valley for 15 kms from Corte, bit hairy at times and you'll find a steward on the road for your 5 euro parking fee. Another km up and you'll find the parking lot. The trail starts just across from here next to the little drinks place there. You'll find a panelboard there announcing 1 hour to the Melo lake. While I was there I didn't find one person young or old, even locals that said they did it in an hour. Seems very ambitious to me except if you're a rabbit or a 20 year old with four legs!!! The first part of the trail is reasonably easy up to the sheep shelter of Melu that in season doubles as a drinks counter. After crossing the stream it gets gradually harder and you're clambering over some bloody big rocks and wading ankle deep in run-off from different springs on the mountainside. We took 1 3/4 hours to get up to the lake and I thought we did well. Great views back down the valley and to the lake surrounded by peaks. Here you are at 1710 metres. Certain sites will tell you this is easy and accessible to children but I don't agree, but certainly the climb is well worth the views you have. Be very careful on the way back down as parts are very slippery and when you have dodgy knees like me they tire easily and a fall is never very far away.
Written Oct 29, 2011
We had a nice couple of hours walking round Corte, including the time spent at the café of place Gaffory, people watching. Plenty of ups and downs in the streets where you have to be careful if the cobbles are wet.
Written Oct 28, 2011
This walk was one of my favourite one in Corsica this year. Landscapes were really fabulous.
You'll walk about 1 hour to reach the Melo lake and another hour to climp up to Capitello lake. This site is good example of superposed mountain lakes.
Updated Sep 11, 2007
When visiting Corte bring a towel and swim wear, summer time anyway! If you visit the Citadel there is a path at the back which leads down the cliff to a road near the stream that runs down from the mountains.
The water is so pure because it's come from the top of the mountains and basically drinkable. It's surrounded by woodlands and a camping park and you get to meet people and genrerally relax. Might be worth stocking up in town on food and having a picnic by the stream.
Written Nov 30, 2005