Centuri, Corse: a pretty port and village in the Cap Corse

Centuri is a delightful little harbour town on the Cap Corse peninsula. It is on the western side of Cap Corse in between Pino and Ersa. Centuri is one of the more popular and picturesque of the Cap Corse villages and should definitely be included in a tour of the peninsula.

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Northern Cap Corse, Corsica: a charming mix of beaches, scenery and quiet villages

The Cap Corse peninsula is less visited than many parts of Corsica and as a result has retained a peaceful, laid back tranquility. It is a mix of small villages and harbours, a few beaches and rugged hills inland of the coast.

Up the eastern side we have the villages of Macinaggio and Rogliano with Barcaggio at the tip. Just inland of Barcaggio is Ersa and down the western side the picturesque harbour of Centuri.

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Montemaggiore, Corsica: a pretty village in the Balagne region

Montemaggiore is a pretty hill village surrounded by mountains including  the majestic Monte Gosso. Montemaggiore is one of the villages in the Western Balagne area inland of Calvi.

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Calenzana, Corsica; a small town rich in history

Calenzana, or Calinzana in Corsican, is a small town which today is probably best known for being the starting point for the GR20 long distance footpath across Corsica, however it also has a very turbulent history.

Calenzana is one of the Balagne villages and is situated about 13 km to the south east of Calvi in a beautiful mountain setting.

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Corbara, Pigna and Aregno, three pretty villages in the Balagne region of northern Corsica

Corbara, Pigna and Aregno are three pretty hill villages in the northern part of the Balagne region in the north of Corsica. There are many villages to explore in the hills and these are a group of three that are fairly close together. The villages lie inland of the coast between Calvi and L'ile-Rousse.

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Algajola, Corsica; a coastal village with a 16th century castle

Algajola is a small but popular resort in the summer especially with French and Italian tourists. It has a 16th century fort on the seafront and a long sandy beach. It is 15km from the large resort of Calvi and 7km from  l'ile Rousse.

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Lumio, Corsica - village in the hills above the sea overlooking Calvi

Lumio is a picturesque village in the hills above the sea with views over the bay towards Calvi. It is on the coast road from Calvi to l'ile-Rousse.

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Piana, Corsica; a village in the Calanques de Piana

Piana is a pretty village set in and overlooking the fabulous Calanqes de Piana; one of the most beautiful parts of Corsica. The village is about 11km from Porto, along the D81 calanques road.

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Ota, Corsica; a pretty mountain village

Ota is a small village surrounded by two chains of mountains. It sits on a hillside under the Mont Capu d'Ota and commands some terrific views over the surrounding valley and craggy cliffs. Ota is a short distance inland from the coastal town of Porto.

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Evisa, Corsica - village in the Gorges de Spelunca

Evisa is a picturesque hill village in western Corsica, about 10km inland from Porto, surrounded by forests (the Aitone Forest) and mountains.

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Sant'Antonino, Corsica - classified most beautiful village in the north of Corsica

Sant'Antonino is a village situated in the centre of the Balagne region of north-eastern Corsica, south-west of L'Ile Rousse. Because of its dramatic situation clinging around the top of a hill the village is sometimes referred to as the 'Eagles Nest'.

Sant'Antonino is officially classified as one of the 'most beautiful villages in France'. It has a history dating back to the 9th century - the location was originally chosen because of its natural defences - making it one of the oldest villages in Corsica.

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Nonza, Corsica, village on Cap Corse

Nonza is a village situated on the western coast of Cap Corse, about 15 km north of Saint-Florent.

The village is best known for its impressive location, with some of the ancient houses in the village perched atop sheer cliffs that plunge up to 100 metres to the sea below.

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Erbalunga, Corsica, fishing village on Cap Corse

Erbalunga is a fishing village situated about half way along the eastern coast of Cap Corse, to the north of Bastia. The village now gives little clue that it was once the major port town in north-east Corsica.

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Ersa, Corsica, quiet region to the north of Cap Corse

Ersa is a group of villages and hamlets and a port at the northern point of Cap Corse, itself the northernmost point in Corsica, between Centuri and Rogliano.

To the north the region is coastal while heading south, Ersa runs into the start of the mountains that run down the centre of Cap Corse. the terrain is typically covered with forests and scrub (maquis).

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Piedicroce, Corsica, small village in the Castagniccia region

Piedicroce is a hill village in the heart of the Castagniccia region of eastern Corsica, and just south of Monte San Petrone  - one of many to explore in this quiet forested region.

While the individual villages in the region don't have a great number of 'important monuments' they each have their own character, setting and interest for visitors, and Piedicroce is typical, with many attractive houses built in the local stone.

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Morosaglia, Corsica, birthplace of Pasquale Paoli

Morosaglia is a village in the heart of the Castagniccia region of eastern Corsica - or rather it is a cluster of small hamlets and villages spread across the hillside form Morosaglia, including Cunvento, Stretta,Terchini, Sevasi and Ponte Lecchia among others.

The surrounding countryside is of high mountains and forests, and the hamlets that make up Morosaglia are scattered across various ridges.

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La Porta, Corsican small village in the Castagniccia region

The village of La Porta is situated in the mountainous Castagniccia region of eastern Corsica, and is one of several traditional villages in great locations overlooking the forests and mountains.

Nestling in the chestnut forests below Monte San Petrone, La Porta was at one time the regional capital of Castagniccia.

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Belgodere, Corsica, picturesque hill village near Ille-Rousse

Belgodere is a picturesque village in the eastern Balagne region of northern Corsica, in the hills to the south-east of L'Ile Rousse on the northern border of the Corsica Natural Park.

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Moltifao, Corsica, hill village near Corte

Moltifao is a village in central Corsica, about 20 km north of Corte.

In an attractive setting surrounded by mountains, Moltifao is spread along a rocky crest from where its traditional streets spread down the hillside, with great views in all directions across the Asco valley and mountains.

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Popolasca, Corsica, and the aiguilles de Popolasca

Popolasca is a village of central Corsica, north of Corte (and south of Moltifao).

This very small village is in a stunning setting in the mountains within the Corsica Natural Park, and is best known for being in the shadow of the 'aiguilles de Popolasca', one of the scenic highlights of the natural park.

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Lento, Corsica, small village near Saint Florent

Lento is one of a group of villages in the mountains of northern Corsica, south of Saint Florent and with the Castagniccia region to the south and Casinca to the east.

High on a rocky promontory, Lento has lovely views across the Golu Valley and the Nebbio region stretching as far as Saint-Florent.

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Ajaccio, Corsica - resort town and birthplace of Napoleon

On the west coast of Corsica, Ajaccio (population about 50,000) is the capital of corsica. The town has wood covered mountains circling it to the rear, and the port and citadelle towards the sea, on the Gulf of Ajaccio.

This combination means that the climate in Ajaccio remains mild even during the winter months - hence the town is popular with tourists for much of the year around.

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Bastia, Corsica, visit the traditional port and old town

Bastia is a commercial port town (the most important on Corsica) found to the north-east of the island. It is in an impressive location with the hills and Cap Corse behind the town.

The town is now officially classified as a 'Town of Art and History' in France.

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Bonifacio, Corsica - citadel, harbour and old town

The town of Bonifacio is at the southern tip of Corsica (just 12km from Sardinia) which help give Bonifacio and its harbour a rather exclusive, sophisticated Italian feel - above all around the elegant quay with its palm trees and expensive restaurants.

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Calvi, Corsica - popular beach resort and historic citadel

The port town of Calvi, in the Balagne region of north-west Corsica, boasts the intrigue of traditional Corsican culture while effortlessly maintaining the comforts of a modern resort.

You will find picturesque views of the coast and there are many enjoyable places to spend time both in Calvi itself and the surrounding region.

Calvi was not our favourite destination on Corsica; beaches are better at Porto Vecchio, citadels at Bonifacio and scenery at Porto, however with its combination of beaches, resort and historical centre  it is a very accessible resort and can be visited without hiring a car.

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Cargese, Corsica - the Greek village

Cargese is a small town located 20 km south of Porto on the western edge of Corsica, on the coast at the southern end of the Balagne region.

In 1676 a group of 600 Greeks, escaping from the invasion of their country by Turkey, set up home in Corsica. The location they chose was at Cargese, and as a result it is still known as 'the Greek village'.

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Corte, Corsica - historical capital in the mountains

A small town in the heart of Corsica, Corte was the capital of the island (from 1755-1769 under Pasquale Paoli - a name you will hear often in Corsica).

As well as being an interesting town in itself Corte is in a great location for exploring the mountains, valleys and scenery of central Corsica and the surrounding Natural Park.

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L'Ile Rousse, Corsica, perfect base for exploring the Balagne

L'Ile-Rousse (translation: red island) was founded by Pasquale Paoli in 1758, with the goal of creating a port that was not controlled by the Genoese. The site had already been inhabited since much earlier times, and was an active town by 1000 BC.

The town is found on the noth-west coast of Corsica, about 20 kilometres north-east of Calvi, at the northern edge of the Balagne region.

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Porto, Corsica, village near the Scandola Nature Reserve

Porto is a small village to the west of Corsica, ideally placed for exploring many of the highlights of this dramatically beautiful region of Corsica, with local highlights such as the Scandola Nature Reserve, the Calanches de Piana, the Gorges de Spelunca and the Foret d'Aitone.

Indeed this region of Corsica is of such great beauty and interest that it has been designated a UNESCO World heritage Site.

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Porto Vecchio, Corsica - jet set resort and beautiful beaches

On the south-eastern coast of Corsica, Porto-Vecchio is a very popular place with tourists. It is a town built on salt marshes and salt continues to play an important role in the town.

In fact it was the marshes that prevented earlier development of the town, because they were infested with mosquitoes and malaria until well into the 20th century. If you visit in September you can still witness the annual salt harvest from the Porte Gènoise.

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Propriano, Corsica - town and marina in south-west Corsica

The coastal town of Propriano is found on the coast of south-west Corsica, at the head of the Valinco Gulf and north-west of Sartene. It is about halfway between the major towns of Ajaccio to the north and Bonifacio to the south.

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Saint-Florent, Corsica - travel guide and information

Saint Florent is a small town on the coast of northern Corsica. It has a very pretty harbour and a small fort. Saint Florent is on the coast on the other side of the bottom of the Cap Corse peninsula from Bastia.

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Sartene, Corsica - ancient hill town in the south-west of Corsica

Sartene is found in south-west Corsica a few kilometres into the mountains south-east of Propriano. The town has a long history of piracy, banditry and gangsters, now happily largely given to more peaceful occupations.

The wealth of the town is founded on the highly rated Sartene wine.

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Aleria, Corsica - site of Roman ruins

Aleria is situated south-east of Corte on a natural inlet called the Etang de Diane, on the eastern coast of Corsica (between Bastia et Porto-Vecchio).

Brief history of Aleria

Little remains of the Greek settlement that once stood here, although excavations continue to make new finds, and it is apparent that the site has been occupied for at least 8,000 years.

The most notable event in the history of Aleria was in 565 BC when Phoenicians were chased from their homeland by the Persians and established theor community here - the origins of the current 'town'. This period was followed by a long period of occupation by the Ancient Romans, and when the Roman Empire fell the town fell into ruin.

A very long period of neglect, with malaria in the surounding swamps preventing re-development, only came to an end after the Second World War, during which the marshes had ben drained.

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