D6 : Scandola – Calanches


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The weather slightly improved and the boats are allowed to leave the port of Porto. Waking up at 7:30 allows us to embark on a shuttle from campany Via Mare at 9:30 for a tour of the reserve Scandola considered the pearl of Corsica.

This landscape of volcanic rocks sculpted by wind erosion and the comings and goings of the sea was registered as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1983. The sea is still raging but the magnificent landscape makes us forget the waves that pass over the side for those seated in the front of the boat. Impressive cliffs scarlet and ochres and sharp peaks, numerous caves and crevices of walls punctuated rise majestically into the sky, are the many natural wonders that are available throughout the cruise. The sea, so beautiful and transparent, sublime magic of the landscape where many birds have found refuge. Ospreys and shags are those that can most easily observed around nests or performing ballet above our heads. On the way back, we drop anchor for a half hour on the beach Girolata hidden from the wind. We were able to enjoy a 30 minutes of incredible snorkeling : this creek is full of sea urchins and fishes with different shapes and colors. Do not forget your mask and snorkel to see the wealth of fauna and flora !

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Back to Porto at 12:30, we take a short snack break to continue at 13:00 with the departure for the “Calanches” (creeks), again by boat. Views of the sea, rocks eroded and sculpted give free rein to the imagination of visitors who attribute them animal shapes (among other). We are thus invited to the “Table of giants”, or “Castle granite” and recognize the shape of Sardinia in the rock.

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Information on the cruise fare for both Scandola and Calanches: 45 euros per person.

After that day at sea, we leave for the inlands of Corsica. This will be a two hour drive towards Corte through the forest Aïtone, the Niolo area, forest Valdu Nillu and Scala di Santa Regina.

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At Corte, we booked a studio at the Motel A Vigna (contact info), for two nights in anticipation of the long hike the next day.


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