Manina in Corsica – Part 2 Day trips from Calvi

Last week, I desperately tried to convey the beauty of Calvi in Corsica. This week’s post is an attempt to describe Cap Corse, the northern part of Corsica. It holds a special place in my mind because I have never enjoyed ice-cream as much as I did in Saint Florent.

On our way to Saint Florent with a native of Corsica, Alizée, we have to drive across the désert des Agriattes. It is not a desert, but 15 000 hectares of wildness culminating at 418 meters at Mont Genova (see below).

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After a few hours of convoluted drive, we reach Saint-Florent at last. Saint-Florent is known as the Saint-Tropez of Corsica. To us, yes, it is really charming and beautiful, but Saint-Florent is a place we can drive to for several hours just to eat an ice-cream. Hands down best ice-cream ever.

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Then from Saint-Florent, you might take a boat, for instance Popeye or Agriate Marittima, leave Saint-Florent …

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… and spend a few hours of bliss at the savage beach of Lodu…

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On our way back to Calvi, we usually stopover at l’Ile Rousse and grab a quick dinner. Actually not that quick!

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Another day trip we enjoy from Calvi is visiting the Artisans village called Pigna. Pigna is very close to Sant’Antonino and I must admit I might have mixed the pictures below because we have been to these two villages together as they are quite close many times.

Sant’Antonono is classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France. Last time we went there, there were many tourists artists. Each and everyone of them had water-painted part of the village. I do not like traveling with lots of people but I do like the idea of traveling with fellow artists.

 

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On the other hand, Pigna is a medieval village with long standing tradition of artisans. It is a great place to see old crafts and to hang out when we get a little tired of being on our own for too long. Corsica is like that : it is a great place if you like hanging out with yourself because there are so few people out there!

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Next week, I will show you an unforgettable trip in the maquis Corse. Toodles!

 

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