The most beautiful landscapes of Corsica

Variety of Corsican landscapes

Corsica amazes for its varied landscapes: mountain range plunging into the sea, magnificent beaches and small creeks, green forests criss-crossed by torrents, unusual places where rock dominates.

The central mountain divides Corsica in two.

To the south and west, Corsica is granitic (Porto-Vecchio, Sartène, Ajaccio, Calvi...) and volcanic (Scandola, Monte Cinto, Capu Tafunatu...). The landscapes are vivid and accentuated, composed of high peaks, deep and cut-out gulfs, capes, creeks, narrow valleys, parades.

To the north and east, schist dominates (Cap Corse, Castagniccia, Casinca...). The summits are more modest, the relief is abrupt and massive, interspersed with a multitude of valleys, crests and rocky spurs where the villages are built.

Bonifacio and Saint Florent are limestone enclaves where the rock is clear and luminous.

Finally, the eastern plain offers a harmonious and peaceful relief, where the coast is just a long sandy beach along the Tyrrhenian Sea.

These large groups of buildings do not reflect the mineral wealth of Corsica. Numerous rocks outcrop everywhere, of different ages, hues and hardness, forming striking contrasts of shapes and colours (Calanques de Piana, aiguilles de Bavella, Inzecca parade, Uomo di Cagna...).

Massifs and mountains of Corsica

With 120 peaks over 2000 m, Corsica is the highest island in the Mediterranean. It is also the greenest. Its high and compartmentalised relief gives rise to torrents, rivers and waterfalls which run in white water down to the sea, carving out gorges and valleys (Asco, Tavignano, Restonica...). Forests abound in the mountains where water is omnipresent (Castagniccia, Aïtone, Vizzavona...). On the reliefs of the high plateaus (Cuscionu and Ese) the pozzines are formed, vast natural meadows, irrigated by springs and dotted with torrents.

Corsica's coastline and beaches

Corsica is also 1000 km of coastline bathed by the warm Mediterranean climate. The relief shaped by the sea, the sun and the wind, plunges into crystalline water where beaches, cliffs, gulfs and creeks follow one another, creating landscapes of remarkable beauty. With only 15% of its surface area urbanised, Corsica's coastline has remained wild. The Conservatoire du littoral de Corse (Corsican Coastal Conservatory) ensures the preservation of these natural areas: the Sanguinaires Islands, the Agriates Desert, Palombaggia, Campuporu, Roccapina, or Terrenzana, the latter being part of the Riva Bella Resort.