A l'ombre bleu du figuier, passent passent les étés... hold the song...
La Corse is a French island of the... more » Mediterranean sea.
Here in Corsica, the most popular wonder is the NATURE with its breathtaking landscapes in the mountains or on the beaches under the shining sun. Are you still looking for the paradise?
Prisuttu, Lonzu, Coppa, Figatellu ; no idea of what is this? Delightful Corsican butchers. And Filetta, Brocciu, Calinzanincu,U Muntagnolu, Niolo? luscious goat and ewe cheeses... To enjoy with a cream of chestnuts and a fresh fig... And last but not least, the Fiadone? A surprising dessert.
It sounds good, isn't it? Wonderful sea, sun and food! But the best is still to come; the most famous corsican speciality is the NAP! Enjoy it in the blue shadow of the fig-trees with the sweet scents of the figs, the chestnut and the restful rhythm of the waves.
Another Corsican pleasure is the great long lasting sunsets during the summer.
The history of the Corsi (island inhabitants) is made of successive invasions. It starts with Phoceens in -400, then in -535 the Etrusque followed by Carthage, the Romans in -225 who stayed 700 years. The Vandales in 456, the Goths, the Byzantins, Lombards, the Maures. But the Corsi, refugees in the mountains, hold out against all invaders and finally, under the order of Ugo Colonna, they defeated the Maures. Briefly, Corsica passes then under the political control of the bishop of Pisa. The italian city of Genova won the war against Pisa during the XIIIth century and take control of the island. Genova, ruined, had to give the island to France but during the French revolution, Pasquale Paoli places the Corsica under the control of the British throne. And then, what more? Napoleon, the famous emperor is Corsican. After the huge expansion of his empire (France, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Spain, Prussia, Egypt), Napoleon is defeated in England and Russia. The empire broke down and Corsica is annexed to France.
Conclusion: the whole world seems to want this small paradise... But Corsi are proud and fundamentally independent...
This overview guide has the scope to help you localize some of the best coastal hikes of Corsica, it means: lanes along the sea or with view on the sea. About three weeks are required for the whole tour, from Bastia to Bonifacio. Where to sleep and how long to stay (number of nights): Bastia (1-2), Centuri (1), Calvi (1-2), Porto and/or Piana (2km between these two cities, stay in Porto to enjoy the marina at night and in Piana to enjoy the scenic view from your hotel room, 3-3), Ajaccio (1), in Tizzano (2), in Bonifacio and/or Santa Giulia (4). See the website www.visit-corsica.com to find hotels, there's some suggestion in the individual guides.
Overview of the guides included in the bundle:
The intriguing old town with the districts of Terra Vecchia and Terra Nova and the village of Cardo.
2. The North Cape
From Bastia, travel to the North up to Macinaggio then cross the cape to reach the first stop: Centuri, small marina with delightful seafood. Enjoy a snorkel in the "ilot de Capense" in front of Centuri and a short walk along the North seashore.
2. Saleccia and Calvi
Travel to the south on the D80 to reach Saint Florent (45min), starting point to visit Saleccia beach, known as one of the most beautiful beach in France. At the end of the day, go further in the South direction on the D81 and stop to overnight in Calvi.
3. Porto-Piana: the Calanques.
From Calvi to Porto, you'll drive 2 hours on the road D81. The last km is just fantastic as the road is caved in the cliffs.
Porto is a small marina with a nice beach that is located midway between the calanques of Piana and Scandola. In Porto and Piana, there are Lots of high quality hikes, kayaking and snorkeling. Stay there about 6 nights, 3 in Porto and 3 in Piana.
The city is the birth place of the famous Napoléon and is the biggest city of Corsica. The North coast of the bay offers a small hike near the Sanguinaires islands.
On the way to Tizza, you may stop in Filitosa to enjoy a great neolithic site where menhirs were erected around 1500 BC or in Belvédère-Campomoro to enjoy a whole afternoon on the beach.
Tizzano: fantastic hike in the North direction along the coast (several great beaches and wonderful strange shape rocks) and a short kayak trip toward Zivia.
6. Roccapina beach. A few km from Sartène, there's Roccapina. the breathtaking lion-king of Corsica.
7. Bonifaccio and the South-east beaches of Corsica.
Finally, relax for a whole week in Bonifacio: visit the breathtaking city and enjoy the South-east beaches: Rondinara, Santa Giulia, Tamaricciu and Palombaggia. less «