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Summer in Southern Corsica

In the summer, I would strongly recommend coming by boat to Bonifacio, with numerous boat excursion companies offering trips out to sea. If you are coming by road, don’t be surprised to find traffic jams and crowds of visitors.

Stroll around the narrow medieval streets of Bonifacio, a fortress that sits on a white chalky cliff, an open air museum that provides every visitor with an everlasting souvenir. Walk out until you reach the Pertusato Lighthouse, offering a magnificent view of Sardinia andthe Iles Lavezzi. Dare to descendthe King of Aragon’s Staircasethat is carved into the white chalk of the cliff or escape far from the city and out to the beaches of Piantarella and Grand Sperone to seek out some refreshment.

Don’t forget to take the children on a boat trip to the sea caves and to explore the underwater depths around the Lavezzi Archipelago with your flippers, goggles and snorkel.

In the evening, whilst admiring the magnificent yachts moored along the quay of the marina at the old port in the lower town, treat yourself to a dish of grilled fish or some Aubergines à la Bonifacienne. Children will prefer to hang around at theaquarium while enjoying some Canistrelli. Fall in love with jewellery made from Mediterranean red coral, which brings luck in Corsica! 

At the start of July, don’t miss Festi Lumi in Bonifacio, with monuments decorated for the occasion and original illuminations that allow you to discover the heritage of Bonifacio in a unique way once night falls.

Wander around  Porto-Vecchio , « City of Salt », and discover the old town by taking the little tourist train that takes you to the upper town. The marina and trading portsit alongside the ramparts and are particularly lively in high season. Bars, ice cream parlours and restaurants have chosen to base themselves here and offer a pleasant and relaxing spot at the heart of the gulf. If you like to party, the must-visit Porto Vecchio night spot is the open-air Via Notteà discotheque, hosting the world’s greatest DJ’s and stars.

You are sure to be irresistibly drawn to the magnificent beaches of fine sand in the vicinity of Porto-Vecchio: Santa Giulia, Palombaggia, Saint Cyprien, Pinarello… ideal for enjoying all water sports or simply taking it easy.

If you prefer nature and tranquillity, head for the Ospedale Forest for a walk to Punta di a Vacca Morta (1314m) and a swim in the lake to enjoy a moment of refreshment, or a river swim at one of the natural pools of the Cavu. Children will love the trail through the trees at Ospedale, 900 metres up and providing a magnificent view of the Gulf of Porto-Vecchio.

Alta Rocca

Ospedale, in the direction of Zonza, a magnificent village in the heart of the Alta Rocca where you can discover the old granite houses built on the rocky outcrops that overlook the valley in the midst of chestnut trees, pines and holm oaks. There are many prehistoric sites in this region, and it is with a child’s eye that you will visit Cucuruzzu and the medieval site of Capula.  InSainte Lucie de Tallano, the olive oil mill has been turned into an eco-museum that will inform you how oil pressing was done in the past. Cross theCoscione Plateau,leaving early in the morning to avoid the extreme heat of the day and, in this magical location, don’t be surprised if you should come cross wild horse, vultures or wild pigs in the midst of the Pozzines (waterholes) decorated with blue flowers. Thecharcuterie of the Alta Rocca should be enjoyed without moderation, and an AOC labels means that you can be sure of buying quality products.  At the markets of Corsica, the land’s producers offer you lonzo, coppa, ham…

Take the road that leads to Bavella and admire the tall Laricio pines that were formerly used to make the masts of ships. Stroll in the majestic forest with its scents of maritime pines and you may be lucky enough to spot a mouflon mountain sheep, the emblematic animal of Corsica.

The next day you can head back to  Solenzara , where you can enjoy a beginners course in scuba diving or try a variety of water sports, such as sailing, jet skiing, sea kayaking…

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