Autumn in Eastern Corsica

Eastern Corsica, somewhere between the past and the modern age

The Costa Serena, between Bastia and Bonifacio, stretches along the eastern coast of Corsica. This area comprises the Tavignano and Fiumorbo valleys and climbs upwards to Guisoni, at the foot of Monte Cinto.

Arriving from Bastia, in the direction of Aleria, a city from antiquity that was founded on the ruins of an ancient Greek market town, visit the Jérôme Carcopino departmental museum that retraces the life of the city and allows visitors to travel back in time to the Greek, Etruscan, Carthaginian and Roman periods.

In the vicinity of Aleria you will find Diana’s Pond, which was already used in the Roman era to farm fish and oysters, and here you will be able to take advantage of the floating restaurants to sample seafood dishes from yesteryear and Poutargue, local caviar made from mullet roe. The Tour de Diana, built in the XVI Century to protect the pond from Barbary pirates and defend the local oyster fishermen, provides a beautiful autumn walk.  

Further south, in Ghisonaccia, follow the coastal path where the Inzecca and then the Strette Parades lead to the village of Ghisoni.The parade is so narrow that it will feel as if you are driving along a canyon. A ski resort from winter until spring,Ghisoni is the departure point for numerous walking trails that are perfect on fine days right up until late November.   

Head back down along the coast and enjoy the mild autumn climate as you stroll on the long sandy beaches of Vignale or Erba Rossa and, in early November, to visit the Clementine Festival in Linguzzetta.

A small and winding route takes you to the historic capital of the Fiumorbu, Prunelli di Fiumorbo. The village, situated on a promontory, reveals to you an incomparable panoramic view across the Fium'orbu, especially towards the north east and across the plains ofAleriaand its ponds...the Daria-Mnemosina Museum in the village square presents a collection of agro-pastoral objects that you can enjoy with the whole family.

The Costa Serena is undoubtedly the richest agricultural region in Corsica. From livestock herding to the production of wine or citrus fruits, it offers a great diversity of products. Don’t hesitate to sample all the products of the terroir at the markets throughout the region.

At the end of September, Mare in Festa in Solenzara hosts the final of the French Offshore Championships, and this event provides a wide range of entertainments that will delight young and old alike. Nautical fair, gourmet village, festive soirees, films…

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