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Summer in the West Corsica region

Sagone, a small seaside resort, is the gateway to explore a region flanked with large beaches and a water sports centre that offers activities like catamaran, wind surfing…as well as equestrian centres that organise horse riding along the coast and on trails that cut through authentic landscapes.

Murzo, known for its honey festival, opened the Maison du Miel to provide visitors with a fun look at bees, honey and beekeeping. Continue along this road to Muna, a pretty abandoned village that was built on the mountainside and which, until the last century, was completely autonomous thanks to its great resources of olive groves, herds of sheep, chestnut trees and the exploitation of its forests. The wood, exported then along the Liamone River, was used, among other things, for the construction of ships’ masts. Take the time to climb as far as Soccia in the heart of the Corsican Regional Nature Park, either to gain access to the GR20 walking route or to explore the magnificent Creno Lake,which is flanked by Laricio pines.

On the way down to Sagone, perched on an outcrop you can spot the village of Cargèse, known as « la grecque » situated on the site of a Greek colony dating from the XVII Century. The original feature of this village is the fact that it has 2 churches sitting face to face; one Greek Orthodox and the other Roman Catholic.

 From Cargèse, continue on towards Piana, listed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, which overlooks the Gulf of Porto and sits opposite the peninsulasof Senino and Scandola.

Then take up the winding route that heads to Porto and let yourself be seduced by the rocky creeks, or Calanques of Piana with its rugged coastline of pink granite rock that contrasts with the blue of the sea and the intense green of the Maquis in summer. Be sure to stop at one of the car parks that sit alongside the Calanques in order to admire the superb rock formations. In Piana, climb down and enjoy lunch on the beach of Arone before taking a well-earned dip.

In Porto, you can step aboard the passenger boats that visit the reserve of Scandola that boasts grandiose landscapes that were the result of the eruption of an ancient volcano, as well as the cove of Girolata with its small Genoese fort. This sanctuary is home to an incredible wealth of animal and plant life: osprey, bearded vulture, dolphins… To enjoy a swim, you can head for the beach of Galets in Porto or, further north, the beach of Bussaglia will offer you some refreshment.

Those who prefer the mountains should head in the direction of Evisa, a picturesque village where the walking trails meet (Mare e Monti or Mare e Mare Nord) at one of Corsica’s most beautiful forests of Laricio pine.  This provides a gourmet stop where you can purchase marrons glacés or honey.  The natural swimming pools, very popular during the summer, can be found in the Aïtone Forest, just beyond the village of Evisa in the direction of the Col de Vergio.

For another family friendly walk, try the Cascades des Radule and leave the car at the Horseshoe car park (hairpin turn just before the ski resort of Vergio) and enjoy a stroll in the forest that will lead you to one of the region’s most beautiful waterfalls.

Return to Sagone via Vico, a real Corsican village that is warm and lively, built up around adorable little squares and nestling in a mountainous setting, including La Sposata (the wife) that is famous for its legend

From 20th to 29th July, don’t miss a trip to Sorru in Musica, a festival of classical music that is organised across different villages in the commune and at the St François de Vico convent. The Saint-François convent, which is worth seeing for its XVII Century church, is where you will find the oldest wooden statue of Christ in Corsica (XIVth).

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