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The Scandola Natural Reserve (created 1975) is a World Heritage Site to the south-west of Calvi, on the Cape Girolata peninsula (hal way down the west coast of Corsica).
The reserve covers approximately 900 hectares of land and 1000 hectares of sea, and is an exceptional sight even among the many natural wonders that you will discover in Corsica.
Exploring the Scandola Nature Reserve
There is no way to enter Scandola by car, and to enter by foot involves crossing very high mountains, so in practice the only way to enjoy the splendours of this coastline is by taking a boat - trips leave from Calvi, and less frequently from nearby Porto.
The trip is worth making and recommended, because you will discover some of the finest coastline to be found anywhere in Corsica - France. people who took the trip before us said they had seen dolphins but we were not so lucky. Perhaps bext time!
Strange rock formations emerge from the crystal clear sea in the Gulf of Girolata, and the coastline is peppered with jagged inlets and caves.
Always beautiful but especially so later in the afternoon, as the rocks catch the setting sun. Set against the blue of the sea and sky, the colours and shapes are an extraordinary sight.
Flora and fauna
The Scandola reserve has a wide range of sea birds - including cormorants and giant gulls - that benefit from the protected environment.
There are also established seal and dolphin colonies. Ospreys are also becoming established in the region, after great efforts by conservationists.
And keep looking into the water - even if you don't see dolphins Scandola is said to have more than 450 different seaweeds!
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.