Ota, Corsica; a pretty mountain village

Photo of Ota in North-West Corsica

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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.

The Capu d'Ota above Ota bears a passing resemblance to a sphinx and rather worryingly the head of the sphinx is said to wobble from side to side raising fears it could drop onto the village and giving rise to the expression "Ota Ota attent à la Cota!" or "Ota Ota watch your side" .

Exploring Ota

Apart from this looming sphinx (which to be honest I didn't notice until I looked at the photos) Ota is a charming little village. At its centre is a pretty pink church with a tall square bell tower and a couple of bars and restaurants.

church in Ota

The sloping hills above and below are covered in trees including many olive trees and the views from here are magnificent.

The main draw of Ota is its position in the splendid Spelunca gorge. You can walk from here to some of the loveliest parts of the gorge. There is an old mule trail between Osa and Evisa which takes about three hours to walk one way. If you leave your car at Ota you can catch a bus to Evisa and walk back along the trail. The trail is part of the Mare e Monti trail and is a beautiful walk.

There are numerous pools in the river where you can take a dip and on the mule trail you can see two Genoese bridges with distinct high arches to keep the structues clear of the rapid river following the spring thaw.

Places to Visit Nearby

The nearby village of Evisa is known for its chestnut groves and also for the Foret d'Aitone with its giant Laricio pines.

The coastal town of Porto is a great base to explore the stunning red rocks of the Calanche. The rocks of the Calanche are stunningly beautiful and this was our favourite part of our visit to Corsica.

You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.

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Map of Ota and places to visit

Places to visit near Ota

Gorges de Spelunca

Gorges de Spelunca

The Gorges de Spelunca are a scenic highlight east of Porto in Corsica, best explored by following an ancient mule trail below the cliffs

Gorges de Spelunca guide

Porto

Porto

Porto is a pleasant resort close to the Calanches de Piana. It is a good base for visiting the Calnanques.

Porto guide

Evisa

Evisa

Evisa is a village near Porto in western Corsica, well placed for hiking the Gorges de Spelunca and Aitone Forest

Evisa guide

Calanches de Piana

Calanches de Piana

The calanches of Piana are exceptionally scenic rock formations on the coast of western Corsica near Porto.

Calanches de Piana guide

Piana

Piana

Piana is an attractive village overlooking the Calanches de Piana. The Calanches de Piana are outstandingly beautiful.

Piana guide

Girolata

Girolata

Girolata is a quiet and remote beach and village on the coast near Porto in western Corsica

Girolata guide

Lac de Creno

Lac de Creno

The lac de Creno is an attractive tree-ringed lake in the heart of the Corsica Natural Park

Lac de Creno guide

Cargese

Cargese

Cargese was originally founded as a 'Greek town' in south-west Corsica. There is a popular resort nearby

Cargese guide