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  • The citadel seen from the main road.
    The citadel seen from the main road.
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  • Under the walls of the citadel.
    Under the walls of the citadel.
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  • Fort de Matra.
    Fort de Matra.
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    by pfsmalo Updated Oct 29, 2011

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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.

    Fort de Matra. St Marcel church. Sculpture on the church wall. Front of the fort and entrance to the museum. Watchtower on the corner of the battlements.

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    by pfsmalo Written Oct 29, 2011

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    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.

    The Melo lake 1711 metres altitude. The view back down from where you came. Panel at the start of the hike. Uh-Oh, a VT'er has passed this way. Ladders to help up part of the trail.

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    by pfsmalo Written Oct 28, 2011

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    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.

    Place Gaffory and Assumption church. People watching. What is Gaffory telling her....?

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  • Hotel Dominique Colonna

    Vallee de la Restonica BP 83, Corte, 20250, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Les Jardins De La Glaciere

    Vallee De La restonica, Haute-Corse, Corte, Corsica, 20250, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Duc de Padoue

    2 place Padoue, Corte, 20250, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel du Nord et de L'Europe Corte

    22 Cours Paoli, Corte, Corsica, 20250, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Le Torrent

    State highway N.193, Santo Pietro di Venaco, Corte, 20250, France

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Families

  • Paesotel E Caselle

    Venaco, Corsica, 20231, France

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hôtel de la Paix

    1, avenue du Géneral de Gaulle, Corte, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • l'Albadu

    Old Road of Ajaccio, Corsica, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Antaeus Vanina Park

    1 Route Du Calvaire, Corte, 20250, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

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