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Beautifull Corsica west coast: (1 June- 8 July 2016)
After a tiring crossing from Cannes to Calvi we were very pleased with the weather as we  enjoyed more than a month of pleasant weather that has given us the opportunity to visit the  places we wanted. The West coast of Corsica between Calvi and Bonifacio is very beautiful and  the cliffs are very high. The scenery is quite unique and rich in colors.  Corsica is also a  remarquable place as the geological history is rich and there are areas with traces of an intense  volcanic activity as well as calcareous rocks in some parts of the island. We visited many towns on  Corsica with names such as Ajaccio, Calvi, Propriano, Bonifacio  and Porto Vecchio probably sounds familiar to you. All around the West coast  you see many towers built at critical points  from which the alarm was given to alert the population  when suspected rebel boats were  spotted. If you are interested in finding out more about the click on the following link   complicated story of Corsica . It was only in 1768 that Corsica became part of France. When you  visit Corsica you immediately realise  that Corsica is a country of delicatessens as every shop has  them for sale. I am sure being a pork  is dangerous here because you quickly become a sausage.  Other specialties of Corsica are the wines and cheeses. Despite its being near the sea, we did not  see a lot of fish shops for reasons unknown to us. Here are a few places we visited: Calvi. Is the little harbor you land at first after the crossing for the simple reason that Calvi is the  closest town in Corsica to the mainland. High on the mountain you see the big walls that  protected the city. From the fortress there is a great view over the sea and the marina.   Strangely we found several shops that referred to Christopher Columbus. We made some  inquiries and according to some people, Christopher Columbus’ birthplace was most likely in Calvi.  Whether this is true or not we did not question further but this explains why certain shops refer  to this famous sailor.  Ajaccio This town located in the middle of the island and is the biggest town on the island. Strangely, it  has no big fortress to protect it. Ajaccio is well known because it is the birthplace of Napoleon  and also because one of the most popular singers of France, Tino Rossi, lived in Ajaccio. Today  the town is modern and in the background many modern buildings have been constructed. From  Ajaccio many ferries connect it to major French ports such as Nice, Toulon and Marseille but   some days, 3 to 4 passenger cruise ships stop in Ajaccio and more then 3,000 passengers per  boat invade the city.   Propriano This is a rather new town with a nice harbor in which we took shelter for 2 days. There is nothing in particular in this city, but from there it is easy to take a bus to visit the town of Sartène. This  ancient town has played a very important role in the history of Corsica and its fight for  independence. If you are interested in finding out more about this city please visit the website   Bonifacio as you arrive from the sea and proceed towards Bonifacio, you see calcareous cliffs with the  town of Bonifacio sitting atop them. You need to find a narrow opening in the cliff to enter the  harbor. Once past the entrance, you soon discover the harbor situated between two impressive  walls. Big passenger ships cannot enter this harbor but some superyachts of up to 90 meters in   length like to visit the marina. Some of them can be chartered for half a million Euros per week  plus expenses. Some of these superyachts have a tender with full air conditioning.  It is easy to  visit Bonifacio and inside the huge fortress there are many typical houses as well as a military  camps. The major economic activity of Bonifacio is tourism and the city has plenty of  restaurants.   Scandola Nature Reserve Classified as a world site by Unesco, the Scandola nature reserve is an  old volcanic crater. The walls are steep and difficult to climb. They are a real heaven for many  protected species which have decided to nest in the reserve.  All activities in the reserve are strictly controlled. No fishing, no scuba diving and anchoring is  only permitted during daytime in some well-defined areas. During the day, many tourists visit this  reserve by hopping on the sightseeing boats that can be found all around the reserve. If your  time is limited, the Scandola nature reserve is a must.   The port of Girolata Not far away from Scandola, is the little harbor of Girolata,  which offers good protection from  most winds except the southerly ones. The village of Girolata can only be reached by sea. Boats  can anchor outside the harbor. What we liked to most in la Girolata was its quietness. There are  no cars or motorbikes and in the morning, you can hear the wake-up call of the rooster or the  wild goats gazing in the surrounding hills. Campomoro The village of Campomoro is very small and originally only had a few fishermen’s houses.  Campomoro is famous for the tower located on top of the hill. It is the biggest and best  preserved tower on Corsica  If you climb up to the tower you can enjoy the view and beautifull  scenery. Campomoro is also a well protectd bay for sailors, so many boats anchor there for a few  nights. Close to the mooring place and icing on the cake there is a shop that has croissants  available every morning. 
Many watch towers along the coast The caterpillar becomes a butterfly and pigs  becomes saussage Calvi Calvi Bonifacio Natural park of Scandola Port of Girolata Campomoro Top of this Page Previous Page Next Page