By Mareva the 12/07/2018

The Cap Corse tour: Day 1

U giru di u Capicorsu, primu ghjornu

Cap Corse is an breathtaking spit of land wedged between sea and mountains, beaches and peaks, representing all the riches of this ‘Island of Beauty’ in one condensed area.

A full day is not enough to see all that there is to see in Cap Corse, so I advise spending at least two days relaxing in one of the many accommodation types available (hotels, campsites, B&Bs, etc).

If you disembark from the ferry or plane to Bastia, you can rent a car or take your own.

If there is a place in Corsica that I like to visit and revisit, discover and rediscover, it's Cape Corse. I always discover new places to take your breath away

Today, I'm going back with a friend and you come with us!

We leave Saint-Florent after a good homemade ice cream at Maison Rovere.



Nonza, the pearl of Cap Corse

A few kilometers from picturesque Saint-Florent, make a mandatory stop at Nonza, pearl of Cap Corse and one of the most beautiful villages of Corsica for me. Its small streets, tower, beach, church and inhabitant all make a lasting impression.

With gurgling bellies, we ate at La Sassa, perched on the edge of the cliff near the Nonza tower. This very famous bar-restaurant (known even to celebrities) offers a breathtaking view for drinks or a meal. After enjoying delicious local products, we climbed a few more steps to reach the tower – at a hundred meters above the sea overlooking the gulf of Saint-Florent. You’ll notice the black sand beach beneath, where visitors have written messages with white pebbles. To access it, you need to descend via steps from the village.


We still have a lot of places to see so we head back to Centuri.


Centuri, a small port with crystal-clear waters


On the road to Centuri, the landscapes amaze us with every turn. On arrival we parked up to enjoy a walk around the port itself, well known for its lobsters. Popular with tourists, the village nonetheless manages to remain a haven of peace.


The beaches of Tamarone and Macinaggio

We crossed the eastern side of Cap Corse to reach Tamarone beach. Access is through the U Stazzu campsite, well signposted on the D80 after the marina. The road is accessible to all cars and there’s room to park. This sandy beach is generally popular with families, but it’s still very quiet and we found a place for our towels very easily. We took time to soak our feet in the warm, clear water and sunbathe, before hitting the road again.

We crossed Macinaggio, from which the old customs footpath takes you along the coastline, connecting Macinaggio to Centuri (8 hours of walking and 19.3km in total). You can also set off from Centuri, Barcaggio or Tollare to shorten the walking time. It’s also worth strolling to to the marina, in particular to see the natural reserve of Cap Corse up close, and the Finocchiarola Islands.


We decided to eat and spend the night in the hotel U Sant’Agnellu, enjoying  breakfast with a sea view in the morning.

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Second day of our tour of Cap Corse

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