Walking and active holidays in Corsica

West Coast Corsica

The jaw dropping splendor of the Calanches de Piana in the West of Corsica is what most people dream of, a wonderous display of sea cliffs plunging into the Mediterranean in a majestic bay, the site is classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. To the south of this untouched area, the main entry point of Southern Corsica is the Mediterranean city of Ajaccio, with its harbour and busy international airport. The town is bustling but you are never far from the hills and it is a great introduction to Active Corsica.

Golfes de Porto & Sagone

The area between Calvi and Piana is sparsely populated but the scenery is probably the most spectacular on the whole island. The Calanches 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 but it is certainly not for the feint hearted. Porto at the heart of the Golfe de Porto, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the departure point for boat trips to the Scandola Reserve and the isolated village of Girolata. Roads lead from here to the mountainous interior and fabulous panoramas, wild pigs and sleepy villages. To the south lies the Golfe de Sagone, with its tempting beaches, from Cargese with its very Greek feel to Tuiccia in the south the area is very popular with visitors and locals alike.

Ajaccio

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. Across the bay on the Rive Sud sits Porticcio, a good holiday base, which stretches out alongside some lovely beaches towards the Capo di Muru. Behind the Golfe d’Ajaccio lie three valleys, Gravona, Prunelli and Cuzinu, a land of roads that wind up into the Mountains through dense forests and past stone houses and offer a glimpse at the real Corsica.

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