The heart of the island
Corsican villages of Balagne
a concentrate of splendid villages
Monticello, Pigna, Corbara, Sant’Antonino are so many names that resonate as enchantment for those who already know Corsica … And as the promise of a thousand and one delights for the blessed who is about to discover it. The setting is already idyllic: located between Calvi and Porto, the region was for centuries during the real orchard of the island. Always very agricultural, its citrus plantations, its olive trees, its vineyards punctuate the gentle slopes of its hills punctuated with small bridges, chapels, perched villages. Among these wonders are Monticello, haven of calm surrounded by olive trees and overlooking beautiful beaches not far from Ile Rousse. Corbara which shelters, besides splendid beaches, the imposing baroque church of the Annunciation whose furniture as well as the Museum of the Treasury unveil all the richnesses and the splendors of the baroque Corsican art. Resolutely turned towards the future, the village of Pigna has an auditorium whose architecture combines tradition and modernity and hosts in July the major musical event of the island, the festival Estivoce. Stalls of artisans, artists’ studios, and dapper flowery mansions lined its always busy streets. Sant’Antonino, classified among the most beautiful villages in France is all winding alleyways and vaulted passages, Muro and its beautiful baroque church, Speloncato whose houses seem to cling to each other not to tumble the rocky peak are also interesting for their architectural heritage as for the many departures of trails that lead the hiker in the heart of an enchanting countryside.
The Gulf of Porto, between sea and mountains