Piana, Corsica; a village in the beautiful Calanques de Piana

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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.

Exploring Piana

Piana is listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France though in truth its appeal is in its fabulous location overlooking the Golfe de Porto rather than the village itself. The village whilst pleasant is not particularly exciting.

The main historic site is the Baroque church of the village which has a tall square bell tower and inside there are some frescos and paintings by Paul Mathieu Novellini in a style which is typically Corsican.

view from Piana

All around the village are fabulous views of the surrounding mountains and also sweeping views over the Golfe de Porto and the red cliffs of the calanques. These make the village a lovely space to stop and there is a little shop, bar and restaurant allowing you to stay and savour the views.

We visited in May when the village was quiet but even then coaches were arriving and departing. Piana is much busier in July and August as is the Calanches road. It is probably best to arrive early morning, or even better, early evening when you can enjoy sunsets over the gulf of Porto as you drive back.

Places to Visit Nearby

The road between Piana and porto along the stunning Calanches is one of the most beautiful drives in Europe.

Another way to visit the Calanches is by boat. Another popular boat trip is a visit to the Scandola Nature Reserve.

Corsica has a number of stunning beaches and one of these is Arone beach about 15km from Piana to the south-west. Arone beach is a large sandy beach with a large shallow stretch of water making it great for children. The sea is that beautiful mix of green, blue and turquoise you get on some Corsican beaches and surrounding the bay is a backdrop of green hills and mountains.

You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.

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Map of Piana and places to visit

Places to visit near Piana

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

Porto

Porto

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

Porto guide

Ota

Ota

Ota is a pretty village near Porto in western Corsica and a popular starting point for hiking the Gorges de Spelunca and Aitone Forest

Ota guide

Girolata

Girolata

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

Girolata guide

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

Cargese

Cargese

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

Cargese 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

Scandola Nature Reserve

Scandola Nature Reserve

Scandola Nature Reserve, on the coast of western Corsica, is one of the natural highlights of a visit to Corsica

Scandola Nature Reserve guide