The Balagne area
Balagne is divided between sea and mountains. The towns of Galéria, Calvi and Ile-Rousse seaside contrast perched high villages where artisans make live art and culture through a knowledge passed down through the generations.
Known as the "Garden of Corsica" the area is rich in wine-growing land that will make you discover the flavors of a strong identity already known in antiquity. The cultivation of olive trees for oil began with the Greeks from the sixth century BC and continues with quality oils subtle and refined taste.
Other local products such as honey, cheese and salami promise you great gastronomic discoveries goshawks unique flavors made by the maquis.
Bienveilland under the gaze of Our Lady of the Serra and the protection of its Citadel, Calvi welcomes you for a moment of relaxation on the fine-sand beach (5km)
stroll through its streets, take a drink at the harbor before sampling Corsican dishes around a good table. The evening will end in the festive atmosphere and unavoidable nights of Calvi: Chez Tao.
Calvi invites you to discover its history and its heritage with a visit to its Citadel and its churches. Its location makes it an ideal starting point to visit the villages of Balagne, rich history, as Sant'Antonino (classified most beautiful villages in France) or Calenzana (famous for its polyphony festival and as village trailhead GR20). Go and meet passionate artisans thanks to the Fiera di Alivu, admire the work of glassblowers in Feliceto or potters Pigna. For nature lovers, a trip in the forest Bonifatu or a dip in the river Fango is advised.
Starting north, do not miss Saint Florent and desert of Agriates. Taking direction from the center of the island, the ancient capital of Corsica Corte reveal his fortress and museum permanent exhibits on local history and temporary on current topics. Descending to the south facade
West, stop at Galeria and Porto are the gates of the Natural Reserve Maritime Scandola and creeks of Piana, one of the sites listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. Several operators offer to take you by the sea at the foot of cliffs, sometimes beautiful occasion encounters with marine life
Why not try to find the nests perched high local lords: ospreys.
Culture, excitement, gastronomy... Your curiosity and desires will be met by the Island of Beauty.