Duration of the trip by car: 4 hours
Distance: Complete 151 km Tour
Accessibility to the road network:
Any vehicle, even if on the D35, the descent to the port of Centuri takes place in narrow locations for large motorhomes.
Bastia +33(0)4 95 54 20 50
St. Florant +33(0)4 95 37 06 04
Macinaggio +33(0)4 95 35 40 34
Cap Corse, the island on the island, likes to say some people. This region is especially appreciated for its coasts with wild bays. A mountain in the sea, barely 15 kilometers wide and with steep slopes that intimidate the eye, they are so spectacular. With its imposing relief, rugged coastline, villages majestically set on rocky peaks, and exceptionally mild climate, Cape Town is a must.
We discover the Cape by descending the east coast to its peak and the west coast to St Florent.
After crossing Bastia and its suburbs, Erbalunga awaits you. The "Castellu" was founded in the 16th century by two outliers. The population will build "with their feet in the water" around the houses. Originality that, with the Genoese tower at the end, makes up all the charm of this sea. The towers are the work of powerful Genoese princes who, especially in Cape Town, founded a flourishing economy from the 12th to the 18th century. Today, from this period, only these watchtowers remain, which once served to protect the population terrorized by the barbarians. They also served as customs stations or coastal monuments for ships. As you continue your journey, you will inevitably pass in front of the Osse Tower. It is listed and has one of the best restorations.
Continue along the coast to the plain of Macinaggio. In the past, the famous Muscat, much appreciated by the Popes of the Renaissance, left Macinaggio. Still today, famous vintages are produced here: the Clos Gloeilli and the Clos Nicrosi among others. Macinaggio is the starting point of a customs road that runs along the coast to Centuri (see details of this walk here). The Macinaggio Navy has become a popular marina.
About ten kilometres away there are three windmills that are rare in Corsica today, including the famous Mattèi mill, a name known to hors d'oeuvres lovers. As a relic from the past, today they are dominated by a "farm" with about ten modern wind turbines. This mill is an indispensable stopover because the panorama that stretches from the island of Giraglia to the port of Centuri is magnificent.
After passing the Serra Pass, you will arrive in the village of Centuri, where you drive towards its charming little fishing port. It is the first artisanal fishing port in Corsica. If you wish, you can enjoy red mullets, dentists, pageots or other lobsters caught in large numbers.
Then join the D80 by Morsiglia. Just before arriving in Pino, take the D180 to the Santa Lucia pass where you can access, after a short hour's walk, the Seneca Tower, which, flanked by its rock at an altitude of 564m, offers one of the most beautiful panoramas on the island. A medieval tower, without a door, one entered it through a small opening 4m high. It owes its name to the Roman philosopher who allegedly stayed there during his exile.
On the way down you enjoy a beautiful view of Pino and the west coast. At the junction between the D180 and the D80, on both sides of the road, are impressive 19th century tombs hidden by cypresses and pines. Some buildings built by "the Americans" look like real palaces. These immigrants, who had travelled to the West Indies or America to try their luck, left their traces on Cape Corsica: splendid family vaults, but also churches and princely residences that recall their history.
On the D80 you cross a landscape of strange beauty: an abandoned quarry from which asbestos was extracted. The largest deposit in Europe, used between 1948 and 1966, covered a third of national needs and employed 350 people. In addition to the damage to health, the large mass of rubble changed the landscape: Bald, shiny and polished rocks surround the formerly destroyed factory.
7 km away is Nonza, literally on the cliff overlooking the deep blue sea, an ancient medieval fortified town. The village is grouped around the church and on the rock that supports the old green slate Paoline tower, from which you have a splendid view at 160 m of the huge beach of black asbestos pebbles. They are also the deaf rock carried by the movement of the waves from the former asbestos factory, but they are not toxic. A charming little flower square and some tables around the fountain with the portrait of Pascal Paoli lend a special touch to the atmosphere of the village.
The return to Bastia takes place via the Teghime Pass via the village of Patrimonio, described in the ballad "St Florent et Les Agriates".
About 3 km after the pass, turn right onto the D264, which will allow you to bypass the centre of Bastia.
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