Bonjour! Our post last Thursday left us in Corte, in the maquis corse. Today, we are heading to the south of the island, not far from Sardinia. Easily reachable thanks to Figari international airport, the south of Corsica is known for its biodiversity, its out-of-this-world beaches and islands, and its nightlife.
Inscribed on the World Heritage list, Piana and its calanche on the Scandola peninsula is one of the most notorious sites in the South of Corsica. Imagine these 400 meter-high pink rock masses reflecting the sun on the sea…
On the shore of the little islands off the coast of Scandola, there are lots of red cliffs, seagulls and cormorants, as well as these towers, the tours génoises, all that remain of one of the many civilizations that have sought to occupy this defiant little island. We did enjoy our little tour of Piana, but I expected more from it. Famous authors, like Maupassant, claimed that it was one of the most beautiful sites they had ever seen.
We then headed South, going through Propriano. Propriano is a pretty vacation spot, I know lots of people who go there to spend a week of farniente, but I personally would not. Instead, I would drive a couple hours more and settle in Zonza – Sainte Lucie de Porto Vecchio.
There is a wide choice of beaches on the gulf of Pinarello. And these are world-class beaches. I did not bring my camera, and I can’t remember how I got this one, but there are tons of pictures on the Web that will make you wish you were there.
We also loved Bonifacio, right on the southern tip of the island of Corsica. The port is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen, not only because of the unique landscape and entrance to the harbour, but also because it’s like a mini Saint Tropez with only a fraction of the self-consciousness. As you can see, it can welcome truly gigantic yachts. Just look at the one in the middle of the port. We looked it up when we were there and it has 13 staff for 8 paying guests! We love sailing, so maybe it’s no surprise that boat watching is definitely one of our favorite things to do.
When we go sailing, we’re a little more modest in our aspirations, and we take catamarans not unlike this one.
Bonifacio is a citadel, like Calvi but even more impressive. It was built in the 9th century and its fortifications are along the cliffs. You can see lots of pictures of Bonifacio’s fortifications hanging by the sea on google images or panoramio.
As usual, I could not post many pictures of the night life in Corsica because they are too personal, but you have to trust me on this : there are lots of restaurants, lounges and clubs. The streets are very lively during the summer season. If you need a good balance of nature and clubbing, south Corsica is the place for you. If you enjoy nature more and do not mind going to the same bars and clubs every night, then you’ll prefer Calvi – unless you go at the same time as Calvi On The Rocks, then you’ll overload on parties, beautiful people and live music.
This post concludes my series on Corsica. Next Thursday, we’ll head to Zanzibar!