Upper Corsica, quintessential nature
Bordered on the east by the Tyrrhenian Sea and to the west by the Mediterranean Sea, Upper Corsica extends over the northeast part of the ‘Ile de la Beauté' in the heart of the Cismonte region. An unspoilt paradise of traditional crafts and exceptional sites.
The wild beauty of this peninsula, home to small idyllic coves and crystal clear waters, is a must for nature lovers. Take the spectacular coastal road marked by the scents of immortelle flowers and myrtle to admire the towering rock formations shaped by the sea. Penetrate the land to get lost in the bush. Take a hike or go horseback riding, and stop to refresh yourself in the shade of olive trees. Venture out in a boat to the Scandola Nature Reserve, concealing mysterious caves over which osprey hover. Don't miss exploring the amazing black beach of the village of Nonza or visiting the Agriates Desert. In Balagne, explore the streets of the fortified town of Calvi, the legendary birthplace of Christopher Columbus, before visiting the charming villages of Lumio, L'Ile Rousse, and Saint Florent. At the tip of Cap Corse, in the village of Centuri, you can crack open a lobster and try to make out what you see of the Italian coast on a clear day. And for a city break, let yourself be charmed by the colourful streets of Bastia, replete with designer, luxury, and fashion boutiques, as well as concept stores, which attract people from around the island. Northern Corsica is worth a visit at any time of year. Throughout the seasons, events such as the Italian Film Festival of Bastia, the Lama Film Festival, Porto Latino Music Festival in Saint-Florent, the ‘Cap Sur le Rire Festival' (Comedy Festival) in Brando, and the renowned music festival ‘Calvi on the Rocks', punctuate the island's cultural life. Discover, as well, the region's rich religious heritage by visiting chapels and churches in villages and attending traditional processions. Northern Corsica is an ideal destination to visit as a couple, with family, or with friends for a weekend, a short stay, or for even longer.