Imbued with culture and traditions, proud and warm as the Mediterranean people know to be, the Cap Corse stretches away very gently towards the Gulf of Genoa. The weather and the elements, in their common movement, have shaped there an authentic land, a platform for picturesque villages.No one can remain insensible to the charm of this 40 kilometres long and about 15 Km wide headland, that is lined-up by a succession of golden beaches and vertiginous drops.
Some fishing ports or sailing harbours, that are nestling among the rocks, testify here and there to the maritime vocation that the Cap Corse has received in its first mornings.
The marines, built on the waterfront, in the wake of the old villages, open onto the horizon, it is a view of a rare beauty.The imagination allows to still see the ships with their imposing sails, that sailed in the past towards the Genoese trading post.
Cap Corse begins north of Bastia. A sharp mountain ridge 40 km long heading north, it is a land of sailors and fishermen. A coastal road takes you right over the ridge and affords spectacular views at each twist and turn. Explore Nonza and its Genoese watchtower that are certainly worth a postcard, along with Centuri shich is a beautiful little port with crystal-clear waters. From here the customs trail takes you along the coast to Macinaggio. Explore the nature reserve of Finocchiarola with the Audoin gulls and the Sainte Marie and Tamarone beaches. There is also the picturesque fishing village of Erbalunga where, in the 30s, many painters came and set up their easels.
The tortured and contrasting geography of the Cap Corse unfolds by the coastal road, from Bastia or Saint Florent. From East to West, this peninsula offers two profiles. The eastern coast with its smooth relief and valleys opened onto the Tyrrhenian Sea. The western slopes whose villages that are perched on imposing rocky peaks, seem to defy the time.