Drive safe and you'll have the chance to visit Piana, you'll appreciate the terrific mountainous roads !
The gulf of porto, is registered to the World Inheritance of Humanity by UNESCO, it is really extraordinary. It is surrounded in north by the reserve of Scandula and in the south by the creeks of Piana.
Despite its tremendous scenic beauty, Cap Corse, the thumb which sticks out of the otherwise oval island, is one of the least visited regions in Corsica. Something which has most likely to do with the absence of long sandy beaches. But the drive along the Western coast of the cape is absolutely spectacular going through wildly romantic scenery, past secluded coves and picturesque villages, esp. Nonza, a picture-perfect medieval village nestled on a hill high above the coast.
The East coast is less wild and spectacular, but the riviera between the attractive, old coastal resort of Erbalunga and Bastia is scenic.
Located at the south-western end of the mighty Cap Corse, St. Florent is a quiet and very picturesque fishing village in a beautiful setting with pretty harbour promenade, a bit of tourism and a chichi marina.
This small town in the south-western part of the island is one of the major inland settlements and well worth a visit. Sartenes beautiful main square is not only a great shady place for a cup of coffee, it's also a viewpoint terrace over the surrounding countryside. A gate leads from the square right into the heart of Sartenes tiny Old Town which looks, with its grey buildings and narrow cobbled alleys, just like a typical Corsican mountain village. There are a few restaurants with tables in these alleys, as well as a few souvenir shops and delicatessen, but apart from that the Old Town is residential and not geared towards tourism.
Corte is the only significant inland town and seat of Corsica's only university. And yet, it doesn't appear to be much more than a large village in a beautiful setting below craggy rock faces and above the confluence of three rivers. Just like Bastia, Corte consists of three distinct quarters. The lower part of town is the actual centre where mos of the shops and cafes are located. From there, steps lead up to the Old Town, and on top of it all sits the citadel which contins a museum and a uni faculty. Below the citadel there's a belvedere with terrific vistas over the mountains. Corte is even more traditional and quaint than Bastia, some of the buildings look so dilapidated that it's hard to believe that people still live in them, but that is part of what makes Corte one of the quirkiest, most fascinating places in the Mediterranean region. Don't miss it, it's essential Corsica.
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This beach at the foot of Nonza is the best place for that. I saw many things written with white stones on the gray ground of beach, many nice things :) and the biggest part was written by Italians, the "popolo" which needs to express its feelings :)
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Staying in the desert of Les Agriates near town Casta we could enjoy the wildness of this desert - for kilometers and kilometers there was nobody, only various green and brown bushes, flowers, smell of dry ground and hot sun, silent mountains, some passing birds and of course, yellow butterflies!
I must admit, it gives some strange sensation - like looking at the nature from another world, a nature in tranquility and free from human interventions.
After finishing our trip we asked ourselves "what was the best part of the trip" and the desert Les Agriates received the 3rd place! I'm happy I saw it.
As I mentioned in my tip about "Cap Corse", if you have time it's really great to leave the D80 road and make a little diversion visiting Port of Centuri. The town has some hotels and restaurants, a lovely little port with boats of fishermen as well as a nice rocky shore and a little island near the coast.
The water is full of "life" - just standing on the little rocks I noticed many little crabs, some fishes, some seashells.. Imagine, what you see when you go snorkeling!!
Returning from visiting the top of Cap Corse instead of taking our usual road D80 near the shore, after passing Conchiglio we took a little road D33 which went deeper in the mountains and at some point before returning to the road D80 near Canari we found a little cascade near the road.
It was a perfect moment to have a stop in the shadow of the forest (and escape from the terrible heat of sun in that day) that I remember the cascade and the photos that we made with a great pleasure.
It was really worth to make that way in terms of mountain views and quality of road (as the bigger part of road D80 was under construction in that zone).
A walk through the Bavella-district. Beautiful scenery and if you're there outside the tourist season you'll hardly see anyone. Even if you're not the walking kind of person, you should just go and take a walk. It can be done by anyone!
Hire a car and go to the mountains to the nature reserve and see all the animals and birds,then hava a meal in a restaurant in the mountains .If you want to find a quite beach ,there are plenty if you travel just alittle way along the coast,you will soon discover your own beach.Make a picnic up and go to the mountains and eat it amongst the wild horses and birds.Proriano harbour by night.
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Another good page...http://www.corsica-isula.com/
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The Station Prehistorique de Filitosa was inhabited as early as 6,000 BC. At first glance, it may look like a pile of rocks. But on closer inspection there are several granite statues which are believed to have been carved as late as 1,300 BC and probably hundreds or thousands of years before that. In any case, the "menhirs" are mysterious.
In this picture is one of the menhirs. Behind it is a 1,000 year-old olive tree.
The Alzu Plateaux is Well Worth the walk. an incredible piece of flat(ish) land high up in the mountains !! A Great day walk from Corte, there are Foresters huts up here for overnight accommodation or you can continue down to Refuge A Saga !! Up on the Plateaux you can still find operating the old Burgeries -- a piece of Old Corsican Life that is getting more difficult to find these days !!
Having read a guide-book at our hotel, we set of in search of " The Arch of Corte " after several hours of walking and several thousand feet of climbing the weather turned Bad on us and as the hour was getting late we decided to turn back -- Someone once told me that you should Always leave at least one good reason for returning somewhere -- Maybe the Arch of Corte is this for Me ?????
Sartene. This is quite a big town that we passed through on the way back from Bonifacio. We stopped here and had a drink at one of the little cafes in the town centre. It was really nice. There was a main square with lots of bars and cafes looking out onto it and there was a lovely atmosphere. Didn't get to see much of the town but would really say it's worth a visit. There are so many little towns and villages dotted like this around Corsica and each one has its own characteristics and beauty.
Fantastic views from every direction, lovely staff, pure relaxation in a beautiful settingmore
Route de San Martino, Pietranera, Corsica, 20200, France
Good for: Couples
Lieu dit Cavallo Morto, Chemin de Finocchio, Bonifacio, 20169, France
Good for: Families