The Best Places to See in Corsica – Part 3
The Cap Corse peninsula is among the island’s best-looking areas. It’s also covered by foothills and valleys where visitors can see olives, fruits, and vines. Medieval villages can be spotted around the landscape, including working harbour, Centuri; Macinaggio, with its yacht marina; and Rogliano, a mix of fishing ports and hamlets.
The Plage de Farinole is among Cap Corse’s main attractions. The sandy beach’s expansive shore offers plenty of sunbathing space for beach-dwellers. The beach isn’t ideal for swimming, however, due to the undercurrent, although surfers benefit from the waves. Beginner surfers can take an instruction course and there are surfboards for rent. The beach restaurant is one attraction at the Plage de Farinole that must be experienced.
Sartène characterises itself as being the “most Corsican” city. The medieval town is listed as a City of Art and History due to its impressive heritage. Attractions that no visitor would want to miss include Domaine Rosa de Caldane, a thermal bath facility with its own restaurant and hotel, just 15lm from Sartene; the collection of artisan boutiques at Domaine Rosa de Caldane; the Museum of Prehistory; and L’Echauguette, a tower offering stunning views. Each spring, the town gets together to celebrate the Carnaval de Sartène. The festival includes masked balls, musical entertainment, and parades. There’s also a Good Friday religious procession called the “Catenacciu,”, which takes place every year, reenacting the Passion of Christ. One sombre procession sees a “Pentinent” carrying a cross and chain. The event, which is southern Corsica’s oldest religious tradition, attracts pilgrims from all over.
Approx 50km away from Bastia, visitors can find Castagniccia, a region that is named after the chestnut trees that grow aplenty here. Even the traditional homes, with their stone roofs, have chestnut-drying rooms. All over this wooded countryside are magnificent churches, small hamlets, and old hilltop villages. A large number of the churches are regarded as Historical Monuments. Speaking of Historical Monuments, Piazzali’s Couvent d’Alesani is also worth a visit. And a 31-km nature trail is also to be found on the convent’s property.
Beaches near Porto Vecchio
Porto Vecchio features some of the most heavenly sandy beaches in all of Corsica, which explains why the resort attracts a great number of visitors in the summer. The Plage de Palombaggia is the most well-known of the beaches, famous for its tranquil turquoise waters and wide sandy shore. Plage de Santa Giuli is another popular sandy beach in the area. Each one is in a lagoon, which makes for a protected environment, perfectly suited to swimming. A less crowded option, albeit farther away, is the Plage de Rondinara. The crystal-clear waters give it a tropical-like quality.
Porto Vecchio, an old port town, is also worth a visit to witness the ancient citadel. The Genoese constructed the citadel in the 16th century with fortifications that have remained intact. There are numerous quiet squares, covered passageways, and narrow alleyways within the citadel.