Nature activities in Corsica

  • Golfe de Girolata

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    Golfe de Girolata

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  • Corsica

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    Corsica

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  • Genoese Tower on the corsican coastline

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    Genoese Tower on the corsican coastline

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  • Hiking in Corsica

    © ATOUT FRANCE/Hervé Le Gac/M.O. Raid Corsica Aventure

    Hiking in Corsica

    © ATOUT FRANCE/Hervé Le Gac/M.O. Raid Corsica Aventure

Nature activities in Corsica 20000 Ajaccio fr

The beautiful Island of Corsica boasts a thousand kilometres of exquisite coastal landscape and magnificent shores, forests,  mountain lakes, and natural beauties like the "désert des Agriates." 

Hiking

Corsica is entirely unique in its mix of gentle seas and harsh mountains. When walking just a few kilometres in one direction or another you may reach drastically different landscapes. One example is the "Mare e Monti" trail running north between the gulfs of Girolata and Galeria and then to the vallée du Fango (listed as a UNESCO biosphere reserve). Hikers also particularly appreciate the solitary landscapes of the Alta Rocca to the south, following the "Mare e Mare" route.


There are many themed visits on the island to explore on foot. Prehistoric sites from the Mesolithic (8,000 years BC) in Curacchiaghju (near Levie) or Neolithic (4,000 years BC) in Filitosa and elsewhere, tell the story of an amazing era. Just as the sixty or so little round towers (often in ruins) bear witness to the Italian control between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. On each cape or promontory along the coast, the watchtowers were once used to warn the islanders of attacks by pirates from the Barbary Coast.


The magical scene of the "aiguilles de Bavella," a lacework of rocky peaks rising up to an altitude of between 1200 and 1800 metres, paths the way to many other hikes around Zonza. But the highlight of long-distance hiking undoubtedly is crossing of the mountains of Corsica, diagonally, from the mountain village of Calenzana in Balagne to the village of Conca near Porto-Vecchio. A trek of around 200km, to be hiked in stages, following the marks of the famous GR 20.

Water sports

Around 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) of coastline, water sports are a main attraction. Calvi and Ile de Rousse became irresistible locations for surfing. The southern part of the island appeals to sailing enthusiasts searching for winds like that of Bonifacio, Figari. Another way to take advantage of the sea is to rent a sailboat and visit the Lavezzi Islands or the incredible site of Girolata, which has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Diving and snorkeling

The Islands of Cerbicales, a protected natural area, natural reserve (both sea and land) of the Peninsula of Scandola (also listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO), and the International Marine Park of Bouches and Bonifacio are enchanting delights. Many diving facilities can be found on the island, providing an overview of all kinds of coral and an opportunity to learn about marine biology.

Fishing and spearfishing

Here, fishing is a lifestyle. Learning the various techniques known as “de la traine” and “le broulé” remains the best way to get to know the locals.

Thrilling sensations

The vast majority of outdoor activities found in Corsica fit the geographic nuances perfectly. Good examples are Ferrata in Solenzara, mountain biking in Niolu, and other rafting/canyoning activities thanks to rivers that boast “mountains in the sea.”

Winter sports

From December to April. It is possible to trade a walk on the beach for skiing on the side of Alta Strada. Some locations also offer cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

 

 

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