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The Scandola reserve
A supernatural landscape
It is a wild peninsula, born from an ancient volcano that collapsed into the sea, with unique and bewitching landscapes.
Scandola covers 900 hectares of land and 1,000 hectares of sea, a mecca for biodiversity and a reference in terms of environmental protection
The turquoise waters, the reddish rock and the green vegetation offer a sumptuous palette of colours.
Exceptional fauna and flora
It is on these red-tinted cliffs that oaks, myrtle, mastic and arbutus trees have found refuge. More than 30 plants have been identified as endemic. The reserve shelters a rare flora composed of species such as the armeria soleirolii, the erodium of Corsica, the daisy-leaved ragwort, or the tree euphora.
The fauna is just as remarkable! Home to many birds, it is a must for allornithology enthusiasts. The emblem of the Scandola Nature Reserve is none other than the Osprey.
Finally, the crystalline waters are home to an unparalleled abundance of underwater life. No less than 450 species of algae and 125 species of invertebrates have been counted. The reserve is also home to the largest Posidonia meadow: this plant has the particularity of producing large quantities ofoxygen, improving the clarity of the waters and hosting a very diverse underwater life: corals, groupers, dentex, moray eels, etc. Meet up off Scandola with the marine mammals, tuna, swordfish and perhaps you will be lucky enough to come across dolphins
Did you know that?
- It is the first reserve in France to protect the entire natural heritage, both on land and at sea.
- The nature reserve is an exceptional site for the study of
red coral populations, among others, because its strict protection has allowed
coral to grow for more than 30 years without fishing pressure and
to reach sizes rarely seen outside protected sites at shallow
In 1983, its exceptional preservation led to its inscription on theUNESCOWorld Heritage List.
- Some thousands of animal species have found refuge here. Thus, wild boar, reptiles, foxes, amphibians, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, ospreys and gulls share this territory. A bat nicknamed the "molossus" (since it is the largest in Europe) has also taken up residence here.
How to get there?
By the sea...
Every week, a number of sea tour companies offer you the opportunity to visit this marvellous and breathtaking site from Ajaccio. Let yourself be amazed by the cliffs that plunge steeply into the translucent waters of the Mediterranean. If you wish to rent or use your own boat, we remind you that it is forbidden to swim or fish there.
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The calanques of Piana
On the west coast of the island, halfway between Ajaccio and Calvi, lies this almost unreal landscape.
The Calanques de Piana are a geological formation of red porphyry of volcanic origin with magmatic rocks. This hard rock has been sculpted by the wind and the sea creating a natural work of art.
These pink granite rocks, pierced by various cavities called "taffoni" ("holes" in Corsican), due to the action of the elements, allow you to glimpse different shapes, which will transport your imagination.
Be mesmerised by its crystal clear waters and caves.
The natural swimming pool of Capo Rosso will close this enchanting show.
How to get there?
By car, boat or on foot...
The most classic way to visit is to take the only road that links Piana to Porto (the D81). A total change of scenery guaranteed. Narrow and winding, this road will lead you to the heart of the calanques. Some very popular places will allow you to park and admire the rocks.
For walkers, the visit can also be done on foot. A magical experience, which will allow you to admire the wonders of this postcard, these rocks sculpted by the elements, these wild and preserved landscapes. For your hike, there are several paths of varying difficulty and duration: the castle, the muleteer's path, the chestnut path, the Capo d'orto path, the Capo Rosso.
And to finish, the most beautiful way to visit this sumptuous place, the boat. Discovering the calanques by boat is the guarantee of an unforgettable spectacle. By boat you will discover the landscape from another angle, the opportunity to realise how grandiose and majestic it is.