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.