The Cap Corse region is a part of North Corsica with Bastia as its most important municipality. Situated in the far northern part of the island.
This one is one of the most beautiful of the island but also the most contrasted region with its landscapes among the wildest, its uneven relief, its forests, its mountains, its perched villages on the mountainside but also its wonderful small creeks.
Its highest point is the Mont Stello (1307m) which is only at 5km as the crow flies from the eastern coastal.
The Cap Corse Region, wild and preserved natural heritage is also a rich in history region, restless by the multiple barbaric invasions where are grouped together more than a third of the famous Genovese towers built on the island in order to alert the population in case of invasion.
This one stretches in the north from a Bastia-Saint Florent line, on about 40km long in the way north-south, and 10 to 15km large. At the headland of the Cap Corse, between Macinaggio and Centuri, the road surrenders the coastal. Here begins the realm of maquis.
Cap Corse is so a high place of tourism and a must-visit spot of the island !
If you wish to stay in Northern Corsica, and most notably in the Cap Corse region, here are a few must-visit spots and historic monuments to discover :
Bastia, classified as “City of Art and History”
– The Museum of Ethnography in the former Governors’ Palace
– Its fortress (16th century)
– The Church of St. Mary (15th century)
– The Church of St. John the Baptist (late 16th century)
– The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception (early 17th century)
CAP CORSE AND NATURE
- The sentier des Douaniers trail, on which you can walk along the Pointe de Cap Corse from Macinaggio to Centuri (26km)
- The Crêtes trail for experienced hikers (48 km)
Arinella beach – Bastia
LE CAP CORSE NATURE AND CULTURE
- The different Genovese Towers (15 on the coastal and at least one per city for the towers in the centre of Corsica)
- The remarkable hamlets of the region (of Which Luri, Sisco, Baratelli, Macinaggio, Centuri, Cannelle) which will make you travel through the ages.
- The nice harbours in the Cape (19 harbours all in all of Which Erbalunga, Santa Severa, Macinaggio, Barcaggio, Centuri, Giottani
- The 7 windmills built around Centuri and Macinaggio
- The Baroque or Romanesque chapels and churches dating from the 15th to the 20th century in many villages, notably the Chapel of San Michele in Sisco or the church of Santa Maria Assunta in Canari.
- The American palaces, built in a neo-classical Tuscan style dating from the 19th century are also part of this marvellous landscape in the region of Upper Corsica. Here are a few: Maisons Berlineri in Luri and Morsiglia, the Cagninacci castle in San Martino Di Lota, the Villa Saint Pierre in Sisco
- The watermills (XVII) that used to grind the grain, one of which is still in use in Cagnano
- The amazing springs in each commune of the region.
- The Genovese bridges, one of the numerous charms of the Cap Corse (between the 12th century and the 18th century)
- But also the beaches from Brando to Olmeta di Capicorsu (25 beaches all in all) for farniente moments as well as rivers (of which Pietracorba) will permit you a small cooling and many other cultural and recreational activities.
With all these activities for every age and interest, you will be sure to have an unforgettable holiday!