Corsica Off The Beaten Path
Off The Beaten Path
desert Les Agriates
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Watch your step !
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.
Beach of Nonza and its messages
Maybe somebody has left you a message? or maybe you want to leave somebody a message? 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 :)I didn't have
Desert of Les Agriates
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.
Port of Centuri
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!!
A little cascade
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).
put on your hiking shoes
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!
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