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CORSE: PHOTOS AND TRIP REPORT
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CORSE TRIP REPORT AND TRAVEL ITINERARY
In this page I describe a short trip in the north of the island, a nice summary of the wonders of Corsica.
For a holiday of a few days in August, in fact, the north has both the less crowded beaches and the rapidity
(and convenience) of maritime connections with Livorno.
In this case, the ferry takes us from Tuscany to Ile Rousse. We arrive at 6:30 in the morning, after a windy sleep
on the deck of the ship.
From Ile Rousse we drive to Calvi, where we stop to have breakfast and visit the historic citadel.
We leave at 9 am, just before the parking meters become active. Following the coast, we meet the Revellata peninsula,
with its water of all shades of blue. The fresh wind invites us to continue and between
an exceptional view of the sea and another great view of the extraordinary cliffs we arrive at Galeria (we proceed slowly
along the narrow roads, but surely we do not get bored nor we meet traffic!).
Here the stream Fango flows into the sea creating a lagoon with a particular ecosystem that can be visited by canoe...
a trip that does not particularly appeal us. Therefore, we prefer to walk on the long beach and play like children.
In the photos you will have noticed the typical overcrowding of August 16th...
Our goal is Porto, but before we reach it we see, from the panoramic road, some splendid little bays. Scandola Reserve
In the background there is the Scandola nature reserve, with its red promontory. We park and, hesitant,
we try to follow a steep path. 20 minutes later we are on the sea. That wonderful beach was waiting for us alone.
There are some people, perhaps coming from the Girolata through other paths; we look for a heavenly place and we dive.
A dry wind does not ruin the landscape, rather refreshes nicely. At lunch time, however, we are assaulted by thirty
hungry wasps that want to take possession of my sandwich. I defend it with passion (but without killing them, because I would be sorry),
until one of the wasps stings me and my sandwich falls down. To make me suffer is not so much the physical pain, but the psychological one of the loss
of the sandwich.
So I start killing all the wasps I see, until I regret it - after all, the peaceful choice has always brought me well -
I put my weapons back and live together amicably with the insects again.
We trudge back to the car and drive to Porto and then, along the incredible Calanques, to Piana (which was recommended to us by an Italian
tourist we met along the street). In fact, the town perched on a hill, on the sea, is very picturesque.
The day has already been very long, but it is only 3:30 PM; wearily, we take the first hotel room (82 euros without breakfast),
and start again to visit the famous calanques, this absurd set of red pinnacles and sheer cliffs.
We take a scenic trail that offers some really remarkable views.
We return to Piana and, after a shower, we are ready for an aperitif and an excellent dinner (in this case, as in the following evenings, we have
opted for land products instead of fish: meat is always the best bet in Corse).
The next morning we visit the long and sandy beach of Arona; then the weather gets clouded, ruining the colors of the landscapes.
We give up the beautiful walk to the tower on the peninsula that extends after Piana and instead opt for a swim at the beach of Figajola.
Great place, even if a little crowded in August.
I start walking and climbing on the rocks, and I would not stop anymore, it's really a drug. But the clouds get worse so we come back
to the car, deciding to leave for the interior of the island.
So, between valleys, mountains, perched villages, goats and wild pigs, we move towards Corte, stopping right for
a hot chocolate at Evisa and for a few short photographic walks here and there. Sometimes it rains, but we like this mountain landscape.
We arrive at Corte around 7 pm, we take the first hotel (not bad: central, with parking, 67 euros the double) and we go downtown
to drink a Pietra beer in a quaint little square. Between bars and restaurants the beautiful historic center of Corte is really lively.
Uphill alleys and stairways between old stone houses lead to the fascinating panoramic view of the city.
At the same panoramic point we return the next morning, to admire Corte and the surrounding mountains under a clear sky.
Then we take the car and drive into the nearby Valle della Restonica. Here there are numerous tourists, but
between a path and a mountain and a small river it is easy to enjoy nature in solitude. From the highest parking (6 euros)
in an hour we arrive at the Lac du Melo following a steep, beautiful and popular path. The pond is amazing.
We have lunch and come back to the valley, where we stop to explore the river that forms an endless series of fantastic pools
where you can swim in the summer - the water is cold, but so clear and in a landscape so idyllic that you can not resist it.
Leaving Corte, we drive northwards and along scenic roads through the Agriates desert to the famous
sea and port of Saint Florent,
where we decide to stop at the campsite. Once mounted the tent we head into the center for an aperitif and dinner - we do not
want to miss anything.
We are on the sea, at the base of the finger of Corse (the peninsula that juts out to the north), and exploring it all along the coast,
on a beautiful day of sea and sun, is a great way to
conclude our short, but very intense, trip in Corse.
The first notable point is Nonza, spectacularly perched on the sea above a huge black beach.
We arrive then
to a small harbor where we rent a canoe with which we follow the cliffs and then swim together with fish nugs. The water
is very clear.
We take the car back to a simple restaurant with a splendid view of the sea, where with a stone (beer) and
a warm goat salad (in the sense of cheese) I fill with satisfaction.
We drive to Centuri, where we stop to take another swim and admire the coast; the islet in front of Centuri would invite
to exploration, but we do not have too much time. We continue the tour, admire the islet of Giraglia from above (in front of Cape Corse, the
northenmost point of the island) and
we reach the east coast of Corse. Here too the sea is clear and inviting, so, south of Macinaggio,
we explore a stretch of rocky coast on foot and take another swim. When we arrive at the picturesque village of Erbalunga, with
its old houses that rise from the sea, it is the hour of the aperitif.
Since the restaurants of Erbalunga are beautiful but expensive, we continue to Bastia, where we arrive in time to make a
tour of the historical center, really characteristic with the houses on the port and the alleys behind. We have dinner, we drive to the nearby ferry port,
we embark on the right ferry and fall asleep shortly afterwards on the deck of the ship. We arrive
in Livorno at 6 am, ready to live another day.
Finally, should I add some brief considerations about Corse? Yes. So, the places are spectacular; personally, the interior has fascinated me
as much as the sea. The finger is beautiful, and perhaps it would be (slightly more) more beautiful if visited in the opposite direction
as we did, so you always drive on the side of the sea, more panoramic. There are areas of Corse even more
spectacular, but as for the north I would say that we did the best, apart from the Agriates coast. The beauty of
this island is that you can visit it many times discovering always new landscapes and living new emotions. Also along the finger
or in the Calanques area there are many other trails and bays to explore. In short, it is absolutely worth the trip
and for those who love nature and activities in nature (trekking, canoeing, snorkeling, but also sailing, climbing
and even ski mountaineering), Corse is truly the ideal island.
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