By Johanna the 12/07/2018

Getaway on Lake Tolla

Scappata versu u lavu di Todda

Vue sur le lac de Tolla Vue sur le lac de Tolla
The pleasure of a cool afternoon!

Ajaccio in July brought a stifling heat, so I decided to avail myself of an afternoon lazing ‘in the cool’ – I headed in the direction the valley of Prunelli and Lake Tolla. 

Village de Tolla et son lac Village de Tolla et son lac

The 40-minute road journey was punctuated by exceptional views of Ajaccio, the chestnut groves and the blooming maquis, and villages such as Ocana with its famous essential oils, before the majestic arrival into the village of Tolla with its lake. The village itself is reason enough to leave the city: houses with slate roofs, cobbled streets and flowers, and always this breathtaking view over the wide expanse of water.

After parking my car, I made my way towards the lake on foot, taking the road winding between the houses. 

Arriving at the lake’s nautical base, I decided to rent a pedal boat for two hours of relaxation! And here I was slipping across the lake’s glassy surface, in a silence that I particularly appreciated on this hot summer’s day. Only the laughter of a few children brought me occasionally back to reality.

I pedalled in the direction the gorges of the Prunelli Valley, with its rocks hanging dramatically off the mountainside. I could hear nothing but the lapping of water. After a short pause, I took the route back again, enjoying the landscape; the village viewed from below is an unusual sight.

Further information

Two paillottes welcome visitors for lunch or snacks (salads, grills, waffles), and there’s a wonderful ice cream parlour too, ‘A Piazzetta’, which is bursting with artisanal ice creams in numerous tempting flavours like canistrelli or blood orange.

Tolla Boating Center   

Paddle, pedal boat, canoe and kayak rental


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