After visiting the historical attractions of Corte and walked around its streets and alleyways, don’t hesitate to go a little further as the area around Corte has many surprises in store.
The road through the Gorges de la Restonica runs alongside the fast-flowing mountain river for around 17km to the Bergeries des Grotelle, starting point of the hike around the lakes of Melu, Capitellu, Gori and several others on the Massif du Rotondu, the second highest peak on the island at 2,625 metres. The particularly clear waters of the River Restonica (from the Latin ‘res tonica’, lively nature) make their way through the brown and white rocks and a forest of pine trees. On the way you pass numerous ‘auberges’, some with an excellent reputation and at the end of the path, an hour and a half from the Bergeries des Grotelle, you arrive at famous Lac du Melu which often has more than a thousand visitors a day during summer.
The Gorges du Tavignano are accessible on foot so you can combine walking and swimming.
Forêt de Vizzavona forest covers more than 1,500 hectares and features the Cascade des Anglais waterfall
Musée Départemental Pascal Paoli at Morosaglia.
Église St-Pierre St-Paul at Piedicroce, 18th century Baroque-style church with the finest organ in Corsica.
Église St-Jean-Baptiste at La Porta, 17th century church with an 18th century bell tower.
Ponte Novu : a Genoese bridge, scene of the historic battle between Pascal Paoli and the French.
Village de Tortues (refuge for Hermann tortoises) in the hamlet of Tizzarella, Castifao.
Villages of Castagniccia
A little extra…
Eagles and mouflon mountain sheep roam freely in the Corte region, hence its nickname of Terre des Bergers (land of shepherds).
How to get to Corte
Corte is easy to get to from Ajaccio (85km) and Bastia (70km) by car or train. The journey through the mountains is a voyage of discovery in itself."