Our new Régiontrip destination: Corsica!

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that a lot of thought went into writing this article.

There’s so much to say that we had to make a choice about the places we chose to evoke.

Corsica, a heavenly archipelago off the Mediterranean coast.

Popular with tourists, this region is brimming with natural wonders andauthenticity.
Corsica is in no way inferior to mainland France – quite the contrary! Its breathtaking scenery, typical gastronomy and picturesque villages have made its reputation as a tourist culture.

All of Corsica’s major cities, such as Ajaccio, Bastia, Porto-Vecchio and Bonifacio, have a lot to offer: Ajaccio, Bastia, Porto-Vecchio and Bonifacio have a lot to offer. I recommend you go there as soon as you can!

However, in this article I’ve chosen to focus on the natural aspect of the area.

Its intoxicating nature

Its paradisiacal water points:

First of all, it’s no secret that the region’s paradisiacal beaches are located all along the coast: Marinella beach near Ajaccio, Palombaggia beach in Porto-Vecchio or Arinella beach andFicaghjola creek in Bastia.
There are also natural freshwater pools, such as the Cavu valley and the Piscia di Gallu waterfall in the Ospedale forest. It’s the biggest waterfall in Corsica, so take the time to discover it. The Aitone forest in the Gulf of Porto is another Corsican must-see.

Its remarkable hikes :

There’s no shortage of walks in Corsica!

Among the best known is the GR20, which crosses Corsica from north to south. And its little brother, the Sentier Mare a Mare, which crosses Corsica from east to west.
The customs path: It starts in Macinaggio, a hamlet totally removed from mass tourism. A 3-hour hike from Macinaggio beach to the village of Barcaggio. Perfect for immersing yourself in the local culture.
Gorges de la Restonica: An unmissable hike, starting from the Grotelle sheepfold. We find Lake Melo at 1711 m altitude and Lake Capitello at 1930 m.
In Bastia, with the assistance of a local guide, you can take the Terra Nova and Terra Vecchia walks, which take you further inland.

Breathtaking views

If views are what you like, then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve put together a list of my favorite viewpoints.

Pointe de la Parata, the perfect location for a breathtaking view of the Bloody Islands.
The Col st Roch path offers a beautiful view of the cliffs.
The Ospedale forest overlooking Porto-Vecchio.
La Revellata and Notre Dame de la Serra are wild peninsulas that can be explored on foot, and offer the best view of the Bay of Calvi.

Picturesque villages

Corsica is particularly well known for its small stone villages perched high in the hills.

Our selection includes Sartène, Cargèse, Ota and Corte. Nicknamed the island’s sentinel. Nonza, a small village hidden away on the tip of the Corsican Cape, is particularly recommended for its “La Sassa” restaurant and its black pebble beach. Finally, for heritage lovers, you can also take the Balagne village tour.

Places not to be missed

Here again, it’s impossible to list all the possibilities. So I’ll confide my preferences to you.

The Gulf of Porto, with the town of the same name and its magnificent underwater landscape.

The Calanques de Piana, with their breathtaking viewpoints, are another paradise.

The Scandola nature reserve: accessible only by boat and protected from mass tourism.
The seabed with : The Revellata peninsula. The wreckage of the B-17 bomber near Calvi. The Cathedrals, towards Ajaccio. The Marifaja and Merouville cirques, in the Lavezzi Islands nature reserve.
The Agriates Desert: A wild territory with hiking trails that lead straight to natural beaches.
L’Ile-Rousse: A small island in the heart of the Gulf. It contains an authentic center and market, topped by a visitable tower. The island’s lighthouse offers a superb viewpoint. Especially at sunset!

Authentic food

Brocciu, a sheep’s or goat’s cheese. Figatellu, lonzu, pork-based charcuterie. Fiadone, a traditional Corsican dessert: a brocciu flan flavored with lemon zest. Pietra, the famous Corsican beer. Pulenta, Corsican chestnut flour. And last but not least, canistrelli, dry cookies with lemon, aniseed and hazelnuts. Admit it, just reading it makes your mouth water!
Add to that the wine route. And especially the town of Saint-Florent, with its Patrimonio vineyards and the island’s oldest AOC Corsican wine.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about Corsica’s natural wonders.
My final piece of friendly advice: consider several visits to Corsica, because when you start out, you always want to see more.

Don’t forget to update
your booklet
and add any missing points. In particular, some of the more unusual spots known only to locals!

Authenticity is the most beautiful of discoveries.