The coatal area between Calvi and Piana is sparsely populated but the scenery is some of the most spectacular on the whole island. The Calanche de Piana are vertiginous red rocks that plunge into the sea far below, a road weaves precariously along this coastline and has to be one of the best drives you will find in Europe but it is certainly not for the feint hearted ! Porto at the heart of the Golfe de Porto, is towered over by the Capo d'Ortu, the golfe is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the departure point for the Scandola Reserve and the isolated village of Girolata. Roads lead from here to the mountainous interior and fabulous panoramas, visit Evisa, Ota and Marignana with their wild pigs and sleepy feel.
To the south lies the Golfe de Sagone, with its tempting but wild beaches, Cargese "la Grecque" is a must see with its twin churches, bourgainvillia and distinctly Mediterranean feel.
The entrance to Corsica for many a holiday maker, Ajaccio is a delightful Mediterranean city on a truly beautiful bay. The old town with its tall and colourful buildings is concentrated behind the port and well worth a visit. Napoleon is Ajaccio’s most famous son and all over town you will see references to him. Behind the Golfe d’Ajaccio lie three valleys backed by high mountains, le Gravona, le Prunelli and le Cuzinu, a land of Mountain road through dense forests to villages of stone houses little changed in time - the real Corsica. Across the bay on the "Rive Sud" sits Porticcio, a holiday destination for many, which stretches out alongside some lovely beaches towards the Capo di Muro and the entrance of the Valinco Golfe.