As well as stunning beaches Corsica also as an amazingly rugged interior full of spectacular scenery to explore.
Here we check out a solitary hiking hut which offers wide ranging views over the surrounding countryside.
We’re heading for the Piscia di Gallu hiking trail that will take us through some of the most incredible scenery on Corsica to see the most beautiful waterfall on the island.
Th walk starts off from a sizeable parking lot with a few pretty little restaurants, it starts off nice and easy with a ramble alongside the river and into the forest which is filled with fragrant Corsican Laricciu pine trees.
But very quickly the going starts to get a bit more arduous, especially for the human sloth that is me!
Below is just one of the many impressive rock formations – this is the sentinel rock on route to the waterfall in the forest of L’Ospedale.
While walking you’ll see numerous strangely shaped boulders which are known as Tafoni.
These are rocks that have been hollowed out by erosion of the wind and the rain. Some were used in the past as huts by the shepherds and are called Orii.
Hilariously enough, after an hour and a half of sweaty trekking I don’t actually bother to make the final descent to the actual waterfall (the reason for the trip)!!
The hubby mountain goated his way down but of course didn’t take any photos! Doh!
Instead enjoy a few snaps of this serene lake in the middle of nowhere!
Heading onwards through the winding mountain roads of Corsica we’re heading for the heart of this enchanting island.
Our destination is the curious town of Corte. Once the capital of Corsica during the reign of Pasquale Paoli.
Corte is set in geographical centre of the island and was but governed by Pascal Paoli, the father of the Corsican independence movement, after he stormed the Citadel in 1755. Hence it is still known as the spiritual capital of the island.
Enchanting coloured shops and restaurants line the winding streets of Corte as you head to the central attraction – the citadel, imposing set on a rocky outcrop with a commanding view of the whole town.
The citadel’s oldest portion – the château known as the Nid d’Aigle, meaning ‘Eagle’s Nest’ – was built at the highest point in 1419.