1. THE PROTECTED NATURAL RESERVE OF THE CAP CORSE ISLANDS
The protected nature reserve of the Cap Corse islands is composed of 5 islands: the Finocchiarola Islands (3 in number), the island of Capense and the island of Giraglia, in Corsica north-east.
The site has been classified as a nature reserve to protect its wild flora and the endemic species that have taken up residence there (birds, reptiles, shells).
The islands can be observed during a tour of Cap Corse by boat or during a hike on the path of customs. Nevertheless, it is impossible to stop there.
2. SANTA MARIA TOWER
Another beauty of Cap Corse to discover, the Genoese tower of Santa Maria, located in Rogliano, near the Finocchiarola Islands.
The peculiarity of this tower is that it is located at the water edge unlike the majority of the towers of the coast, built in height.
In addition, the tower was disemboweled by the guns of the English fleet at the end of the seventeenth century, during a war against France that marked a short period of the “Anglo-Corsican” kingdom .
1. NONZA BEACH
The beach of Nonza is a beautiful curiosity to discover in south-west of Cap Corse.
Located below the village of the same name, it is made of gray pebbles and black sand, because of the old presence of an asbestos factory (now dismantled).
Although the beach is safe for visitors, it is nonetheless original both in its color and its access via a large stone staircase.
On a boat trip, do not miss the fascinating contrast between Nonza, its navy blue water and its black sand; then the beaches of Saleccia and Lodu a few kilometers away, with their white sand and translucent waters.
4. SALECCIA AND LODU BEACHES
Beautiful beaches of Saint Florent, Lodu and Saleccia are only accessible by boat or via a dirt track by the Agriates desert.
Both beaches offer white sand of exceptional finesse and turquoise waters.
Worthy of the most beautiful postcards of the end of the world, the beach of Lodu and that of Saleccia will not leave you indifferent.
5. PATRIMONIO VINEYARD
The region of Patrimonio is particularly known in Corsica for its vineyards of “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée”.
The eponymous village is just a few kilometers from the small seaside resort of Saint Florent.
Lovers of good wines as much as lovers of nature and beautiful landscapes will be delighted to discover the vineyards of this beautiful region.
6. CORTE CITADEL
The citadel, built in the eighteenth century, is nicknamed the Eagle’s Nest because of its construction on a steep mountain making access difficult.
Unlike other citadels of Corsica built during the Genoese occupation, the one of Corté was built by the French at the beginning of the island domination.
Inside is a castle built several centuries ago by the kingdom of Aragon come fight the Republic of Genoa. It’s such a long history !
7. THE MOUTAIN LAKES
Lovers of hiking, you will be filled in Corsica! For the others ? It will still be necessary to put on your walking equipment to discover one of those splendours of the nature of which only Corsica has the secret.
The Nino lake offers breathtaking scenery, with its green pozzines (spongy lawns) and wild horses to watch without moderation.
The Melo and Capitello lakes are also of exceptional beauty. Not to mention the one of Bastani.
8. CALVI CITADEL
The citadel of Calvi was built during the Genoa occupation in Corsica between the 15th and 17th century.
If the citadel has a real historical interest, it is also full of places to discover. Its labyrinth of cobbled streets is absolutely splendid, as is the panoramic view of the sea.
We find the home of Christopher Columbus who is supposed to be born in Corsica, the oratory Saint Antoine, and many other traditional stone houses that are all its charm.
Plan an evening in the citadel in one of the most famous bars of Balagne, that our team will advise you. The citadel also hosts many concerts, including polyphonic, which it is strongly recommended to attend.
9. BIGUGLIA, DIANA AND URBINU PONDS
3 ponds are to be discovered on the eastern coast of Corsica, in the northern part of it.
Starting from Bastia, you will find first the pond of Biguglia. Largest pond of Corsica, it is also classified Protected Natural Reserve.
Further down, in Aléria, it is the pond of Diana lagoon to discover, to taste its famous oysters and mussels.
Finally, the pond of Urbino in Ghisonaccia, bordered by marshes, is also to be seen, especially for a lunch … on stilts.
10. THE CASTAGNICCIA REGION
Located north-east of the beauty island, the micro-region of Castagniccia is undoubtedly one of the essential in Corsica.
It is a mountain region, covered with green maquis and composed of 5 pies whose villages are hung in the valleys.
The region owes its name to the strong presence of chestnut making the landscape even more sumptuous. For a good dose of rurality and authenticity, you have to walk the roads of this surprising region.
Spend a night in the region to fully enjoy the benefits of the fresh air of the Corsican mountain. We will advise you a cozy bed and breakfast from our intimate collection.