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Summer in Central Corsica

Central Corsica: a pastoral tradition that is still alive

Pastoral traditions are still alive in a particularly “Centru di Corsica” style, providing this region with a great part of its cultural identity, landscape and architecture.

Arriving from Ajaccio and heading towards Corteby road or by train, grab a breath of fresh air in the Forest of Vizzanova and take the path that leads to the Cascade des Anglais.

You will traverse the Venacaise region in the heart of the Corsican Regional Nature Park. A land of livestock herding and human migration, theVenaco region is reputed for producing the island’s most prestigious cheeses and, in early May, the regional farm cheeses fair brings together the producers of farm cheeses from across the entire island. This is a rendezvous that gourmets should not miss!

You are certain to admire the achievement that is the Pont du Vecchio, constructed by Gustave Eiffel,which provides a rail crossing high above the ravine.

Countless villages await your visit, such as Muracciole. They have all the typical charm of the Corsican villages that perch on the island’s mountainsides.

Corte, the former capital of independent Corsica under Pascal Paoli, is a city that is dominated by its citadel, which was built on a rocky outcrop. Enjoy the superb view from the eagle’s nest before visiting the Ethnographic Museum of Corsica.

At the entrance to Corte begins the Restonica Valley, a classified site,which leads to the sheepfolds of Grutelle at 1400m. In summer, the natural pools are warmed by the sun in the Restonica Gorges, delighting tourists after their long walk to thelakes of Melo and of Capitello.

    

Asco and Niolo

The high valley of Asco starts its climb at the foot of Monte Cinto, the highest summit in Corsica at 2851 metres. Passing through La Scala di Santa Regina, a former access route for Niolo, you can discover another side to Corsica, arid and wild, where only the shepherds and the experienced walkers dare to venture. In summer, if you are not afraid of the cold water, you can enjoy a dip near the Genoese bridge, whilst admiring the towering Laricio pines.

For five centuries now, every year at the start of September, Casamaccioli has witnessed the festivities in honour of the Virgin, better known as A Santa di Niolu. During this religious celebration, the feast provides the setting for cultural and traditional events that are attended by musical groups, singers and artisans.

Discover the rich mountain plant life as you set out fromCalacuccia along the numerous migration routes or enjoy the calm waters of the lake by hiring a kayak in the summer months. If you are patient enough, you may be able to surprise a mouflon mountain sheep, or see a vulture and a golden eagle soaring, the lords of the Corsican mountains.  

Take the children to enjoy guided visits to the village of the tortoises at Moltifao, whilst older children will love the trills at the theme park, Asco Vallée Aventure, which is devoted to mountain activities.

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