The Best Places to See in Corsica – Part 2
This entry is a fortified town that sits on a limestone cliff. With it’s old-world vibe, the area is comprised of old-time medieval lanes. The heart of the town is Eglise Sainte-Marie-Majeure, a Roman-style church with Gothic elements. Visitors should also pay a visit to Eglise Saint-Dominique, a 13th-century landmark, with a basic interior and an austere facade.
Bonifacio is situated within an enormous nature reserve, known as the Réserve Naturelle des Bouches de Bonifacio. The reserve encompasses the Lavezzi Islands, limestone cliffs, and seaside grottos. There’s also a multitude of beautiful branches close to the town. The port of Santa Teresa di Gallura in Sardini is close to Bonifacio, a mere one-hour away by ferry.
Sant’Antonino is an ancient town, and is, in fact, one of Corsica’s oldest villages. It also provides stunning views of the stunning sea and countryside that surrounds it. Thanks to an old-world charm- its Moorish heritage dates back all the way to the ninth century- Sant’Antonino is included on a list of the country’s list of most stunning villages. Visitors will enjoy the medieval mix of covered passageways, alleyways, and winding cobblestone streets.
Nearby to Sant’Antonino, just a few short kilometres away and in the middle of the sea and the snow-capped mountains is the Couvent Saint-Dominique de Corbara, where a beacon of tranquillity and calm lies on a hillside with stunning vistas. Those who are looking for something more meaningful are afforded the opportunity for a spiritual retreat.
Village of Piana and Calanques de Piana
From the vantage point of its astounding hilltop, Piana offers a view of the Gulf of Port’s stunning blue waters. Visitors can leisurely make their way around the village from its narrow and quaint streets to its shady but pleasant squares. There are numerous pastel-coloured houses to see, as well as Eglise Sainte-Marie, an Italian Baroque church. The hamlet of Vistale offers more breathtaking panoramas. Here, visitors can find the Chapelle Saint-Lucie, an ancient chapel that’s open in the Summer and adorned with frescoes from Russian artists dating back to the 20th century.
Between Porto and Piana is s tricky yet scenic coastal drive through the Calanques de Piana. The nature site, which is UNESCO-listed, is a unique landscape, surrounded by cliffs and rocks that fall below into the stunning blue Mediterranean waters. In some parts, the granite soars to 200 metres above those very waters. There are a number of hiking trails in the area, offering stunning views of the awe-inspiring panoramas.
In a breathtaking Mediterranean setting with a stunning backdrop of the snowcapped mountains, visitors can feast their eyes on the gorgeous Calvi with its glorious beaches lining the Bay of Calvi and the sun-drenched marina. As well as sunbathing, visitors can enjoy taking a swim, as well as stopping off at one of the outdoor cafes for a refreshing drink. Then there’s one of Calvi’s main attractions, the ancient citadel. The Citadel is a small enclosure of historic buildings, pedestrian staircases, narrow lanes, and cobblestone streets.