If you are a true lover of nature, you'll find beauty in every corner of this natural paradise. Calanques de Piana are creeks located on the west coast of Piana, halfway between Aljacron and Calvi at the Gulf of Porto, famous for stunning rock formations, magnificent mountains, needle, and red granite cliffs and panoramic views. At this natural haven, you will encounter rocks conjured up like animals or figures such a dog's head or a heart.
Corsica is renowned as a magnificent coastal island with rich history and culture, distinct geographical landscapes, picturesque towns, and unique culinary traditions. This mountainous Mediterranean region is also famous for natural parks and reserves, occupying nearly half of the Island. Here are 10 must-see natural spots in Corsica.
1. Calanques de Piana, Piana, France -
2. GR20, Albertacce, France -
According to experts, the GR 20 is one of the most impressive trails in the world. GR 20 is a stunning 180km long footpath that passes through the Island beginning north in-between Calenzana and Vizzavona and ends, south, between Vizzavona and Conca. It is perfect for sportive people and presents the most awe-inspiring landscape views.
3. Iles Lavezzi , Bonifacio, France -
The Archipelagos of Lavezzi are charming small granite islands and reefs that separate Sardina from Corsica in the Mediterranean Seas, only accessible by boat from Bonafacio. While hiking on the main island, you can discover its fascinating history through a footpath that leads up to a 46-foot memorial, pyramid-shaped cemeteries tributary to the Sémillante shipwreck of February 15th, 1855 that claimed the lives of over 700 soldiers and sailors.
Boat to the island from Bonifacio
4. Bonifacio, Corse-du-Sud, Bonifacio, France -
Bonafacio is a picturesque capital that has earned its status as one of Corsica's most beautiful and unforgettable places. Located directly on the Mediterranean Sea, at the southernmost tip of Metropolitan France is a city that brilliantly displays its limestone peninsula, natural harbour, medieval buildings, cobblestone alleys, and shoreline of beautiful turquoise water. Amazingly, Bonafacio is hardly crowded at the peak of tourists' season, making it perfect for a quiet and peaceful holiday.
5. Scandola Nature Reserve, , France -
The inhabitants of Corsica are proud of its natural abundance and go above and beyond to preserve it. The grottos, red cliffs, numerous stacks of cute islets and coves, beautiful sandy beaches, and headlands of Scandola Natural reserve are a remarkable show of their dedication. Little wonder Scandola Natural Reserve is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
6. Desert des Agriates, Santo-Pietro-di-Tenda, France -
Agriates is an exotic territory in Corsica surrounded by the hills of Serra di Tenda and the Mediterranean Sea. It is a vast area of uninhibited land, consisting of clumps of cacti and scrub-covered rocks and rugged coastline with the two most stunning beaches on the Corsica Island. Most parts are better explored using a 4WD vehicle, but you can discover the coast on foot.
7. Ostriconi Beach, Palasca, France -
The Ostricini beach also called the beach of Perajola, is famous for its wild and rugged beauty. This beach is a remote, untouched, quiet, and charming spot and an arrival point of the Sentier du Littoral de Agriates hiking path, located a few kilometres from L'lle Rouse. The vast spread of powdered sand, rocks, and beautiful turquoise water are naturally tourist magnets, especially those in-love with unspoiled nature.
8. Saleccia Beach, , France -
Saleccia beach is another beautiful nature-bound destination in Corsica, located near Saint Florent and Loco. It is a 30 minutes walk through Loco's inland paths from the west or roughly an hour by the coastal areas. Saleccia is where the most beautiful sunkissed sands in France meet breathtaking crystal clear turquoise waters in a hidden and serene environment. You can grab some snacks and drinks at the small rustic store, through the pines near the northern end of the beach.
9. Plage De Roccapina, Sartène, France -
Roccapina beach is a fabled and an unusual spot. It is renowned for its lion-shaped rock, formed by sea spray, wind, and rain and sitting at the top of the high mountain, looking down on the Mediterranean Sea. Below the ever-gazing monument are a stunning see-through sea and beautiful white sandy beaches surrounded by magnificent landscapes and picturesque views.
10. Alta Rocca, Quenza, France -
This region consists of rare and beautiful hills, dotted with oak forest, pines and chestnut trees, making it a perfect destination for a holiday of great adventure and discovery. Alta Rocca is also home to numerous hilltop villages, such as Sainte-Lucie-de-Tallano, where the beautiful Genoese bridge, the Spin'aCavallu, sleeps.