Wild sandy beaches, spectacular cliffs, the smell of myrtle and the vineyards typical of the Mediterranean coast, citrus plantations and olive groves are just a few words to describe the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean. Although holidaymakers flock to the island in July and August, nature of this island is one of the least affected in the Mediterranean region. But Corsica has more treasures to amaze everyone!
The Most Beautiful Island
The word Kaliste means ‘the most beautiful island’. This name was given to Corsica by the ancient Greeks. Most of the coast, and the whole island, is a never-ending landscape of rocks, cliffs, naturally formed granite arches, and rocks. The mountains of Corsica reach an altitude of up to 3,000 meters, and more than 100 peaks rise above 2,000 meters above the sea level. There is even a saying of locals that even an old stone has a soul. Red granite cliffs dive into the turquoise waters of the sea and, depending on the time of day and lighting, change color, acquiring it a light pink, this bright red color. The coastline stretches for more than 1,000 km, but only a relatively small piece of the east coast is made of white sand beaches. Most of the coastline is rocky.
Challenges for Hikers
The scenic mountains of Corsica are winding with many hiking trails. The most famous of these is the GR20 route, part of the Grande Randonnee hiking network, connecting Calenzana in the north of the island and Conca in the south of Corsica. The total length of this relatively complex route is about 180 km. This distance can be overpassed on foot in about 15 days. Food, drinking water, and accommodation in specially equipped cottages can be found in the villages and tourist outlets along the way. Other popular hiking trails on the island are Mare e Mare. The tile means from sea to sea. These tracks consist of several trails of different difficulty, which are overcome in 5-11 days.
How Isaac Newton Is Related to Corsica?
A copy of the first edition of Isaac Newton groundbreaking book that sets out the three laws of motion that form the basis of modern physics, has been found on the island of Corsica. Vannina Schirinsky-Schikhmatoff, the head of the heritage exhibition at the Fes Library in Ajaccio, said she found a copy of the 17th-century book by reading an index by Lucien Bonaparte, one of the brothers of the Emperor Napoleon. The book of Isaac Newton Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica was written in Latin and published in 1687. One Latin copy was sold for 3.7 million a few years ago at the auction in New York. That is exactly what the Ajaccio Library now has.
This is not the first rare finding in this library since a thorough review of the specimens stored in it began a few years ago. In 2018, V. Schirinsky-Schikhmatoff found a study of the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs Thesaurum Hyeroglyphicorum, published in 1610, which was written 200 years before the French Egyptologist Jean-Francois Champollion deciphered the texts on the so-called Rosette Stone.