Nature Reserve of Scandola

Nature Reserve of Scandola, Corsica: Address, Phone Number, Nature Reserve of Scandola Reviews: 5/5

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Larry W
Los Angeles, CA623 contributions
Breathtaking
Sep 2021
We hired a boat with captain to tour this marvelous area. We went from Calvi and opted to go here and not to Les Calanques. I think this was a good choice. For one thing, they are further from Calvi, and also I hope we saw a lot of the rock formations that Calanques would’ve afforded. At any rate, this reserve was spectacular. Varied rock formations and beautiful water. There is no swimming or snorkeling allowed in the reserve, but we did that after we were out of the area. Our captain was very careful to avoid violating park regulations. It was a tremendous day, although we happened to encounter awful seas on the return journey.
Written October 10, 2021
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,575 contributions
Well worth a boat trip
Sep 2020
You can really only appreciate the towering cliffs and rock formations of the national park by boat. Well worth a trip, usually combined with a short stop at what was the old fishing village of Girolata. They were spectacular in September, but apparently better in the Spring when the ospreys nest and there are flowers on the rocks. The quickest and cheapest trips are from Porto but you can also get a boat out of Calvi or Ajaccio.
Written September 14, 2020
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Christie K.
London, UK55 contributions
Beautiful nature worth visiting - with a few tips
Sep 2019
A boat trip to Scandola and the Calanques de Piana reserve is a must if you have time while in Corsica - the mountainous formations really are spectacular.

On choosing the tour...

- The sea can get a bit rough (nothing much though), so larger boats might go easier on sensitive people
- Check the larger boats as some are not ideal for sightseeing with block-view seats, especially in a 4.5 hrs tour (= Hybrid brand). If you must take them, try to arrive early and go for the upper deck seats
- The smaller boats will offer a more unfiltered experience with the sea and mountains - just make sure to take a hat & sunblock
- The stop at Girandola seemed rather pointless, and Calanques de Piana was the most impressive part, so if you are pressed for time, just go for the Calanques tour (ca. 1.5 hrs)

If you don't like boats, you can still try the drive through the Piana gorges - the naked mountains look majestic, bathed in the warm sunshine while contrasting with the deep blue sea.... one of those sighs of mother-nature that will stay with you.
Yes, you will have to be very careful with nutty French drivers, but hey, nothing is perfect.
Written October 1, 2019
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flaneur40
New York City, NY1,718 contributions
A must by boat. Recommend a boat tour if staying in Calvi or Ajaccio
Sep 2019
This is a sight you can only see by boat. The smaller boats can get you closer to the cliffs and inside the grottoes, etc. But the larger boats can cover more space in a shorter amount of time. Before booking a boat tour you should confirm whether the commentary (guide) will be in English as well as French or multi-lingual.
Written September 24, 2019
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Philip H
Lucerne4 contributions
Scandola up close
Sep 2019
Definitely worth making the trip for the close encounters with the fantastic rock formations. Nature reserve suggested plenty of wildlife but it was disappointing that there were very few birds. Commentary was not always clear, even if you understand French.
Written September 20, 2019
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Spectacle64
Yorkshire, UK384 contributions
Highly recommended
Aug 2019
We used the Colombo Line from Calvi to see this amazing place. You definitely need to get out to sea to fully appreciate this amazing place.
Written September 12, 2019
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697allan2013
Glasgow, UK43 contributions
Scandola
Sep 2019 • Couples
Lovely day trip to scandola and also we seen jumping dolphins.stopped at girolata for a nice lunch in the shade.
Written September 9, 2019
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George W
Maastricht, The Netherlands250 contributions
More than rolling on sea
Jun 2019 • Family
Which Was fun for us all. And also baby first experience in speed boat and she wanted more action. 1,5 year old (sigh) but also when guide was serious she enjoyed place and situation. Between her and the guide/ captain a nice relation was growing...
For us adults we enjoyed the true love and deep was for sea, underwater nature, geology of Vulcanic stone, botany and many issues including protection versus showing the world this Beauty. Detailing was possible. We were surprised to make a dip in sea / sadly unprepared we were. advising while selling the ticket was honest and adequate
Written June 26, 2019
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hughmartyr
Pershore, UK103 contributions
Make sure you take this trip
Jun 2019 • Couples
Excellent trip out from Calvi with a stop at Giralata for lunch. A helpful crew go out of their way to get you on board and comfortable. The sea going and returning was a little rough for some but really nothing but a little spray.
Written June 9, 2019
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Keith C
Lake Oswego, OR28 contributions
Only way to see
Sep 2018 • Friends
Is by boat. Took one of the large ships instead if the small open power boats and had a smooth scrnic trip past the emerald waters of Scandola park. Guide spoke french german and english through pre recorded clips ... nice lunch visit to former fishing village that now is full of restaurants. Great way to spend 5 or 6 hours.
Written September 26, 2018
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