Treat yourself to the best vantage points for admiring the island of beauty! In Taravo Ornano, mountains are everywhere! From craggy cliffs to lush green valleys, flower-filled fields and waterfalls, get up high and marvel!
Walk : Well-marked coastal path with no difficulties, pleasant in all seasons.
Itinerary : Before reaching Serra-di-Ferro, turn right in the direction of “Plage de Cupabia”. You will arrive at the beach car park.
Description : The yellow signposted path starts at the left end of Cupabia beach. It follows the sea as closely as possible and leads to two small beaches and coves, offering great views over the bay. From the second small cove, take the steps and path up to the Capanella Tower. The return journey takes the same route.
Walk : Well shaded, ideal for a family walk or picnic in the heart of nature.
Itinerary : From Olivese, take the D757 towards Argiusta-Moriccio. After passing through the village, continue until you reach a bend with a bridge where you can park. The path is signposted in yellow.
Description : A few metres from the road, you’ll pass a ruined mill. The path, signposted in yellow, starts just behind it and climbs gently up to the waterfall. The forest changes as you climb up to a superb view of the Taravo. It’s a fifteen-minute walk to the foot of the waterfall.
History : Above the waterfall are the remains of the small château de l’Onda, which was part of the Istria seigneury.
Walk : Semi-shaded at the start, then sunny up to the summit at an altitude of 1345 m, for experienced hikers.
Itinerary : Head towards Sainte-Marie-Sicché and continue towards Quasquara as far as “Sarra Topu”, at the top of the village. You can park by the signs for the Communauté des Communes. Then follow the orange markings.
Description : Right from the start, you start to feel the change in altitude, which continues for a good hour’s walk! After a few minutes, you cross two small streams, before emerging from the undergrowth and climbing up to a complete change of scenery: a marvellous panorama of the peaks opposite and the valley. At a crossroads with an arrow and orange markings, turn left slightly downhill. The junction for the loop to the summit of Punta Urghjavari is barely visible, indicated by a cairn. From here, it’s about twenty minutes uphill, unmarked, to the summit with its statuette of the Virgin Mary, its two crosses… and a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Ajaccio, the bay of Coti Chiavari and the surrounding villages (Campo, Frassetto, Quasquara…).
The descent (which is rather sporty!) follows the same route.
Walk : A very pleasant and relaxing walk.
Itinerary : From the village of Cauro, follow the road for around 8km to Bastelica, a small mountain village perched at an altitude of 800m. The trailhead is well signposted.
Description : Nature at its most beautiful… Also known as the Cascade de Carnavale, the 10 m high waterfall is fed by melting snow and is all the more spectacular in winter and spring. At the foot of the waterfall, a lovely pool invites you to relax.
By taking the “Da Paesi à Paesi” (from village to village) trails, you can discover Corsica’s heritage, as well as the men and women who live here. Indicated by small yellow signs and accessible to as many people as possible, these trails offer a multitude of different walks and landscapes.
Guitera is divided into two hamlets: Vutera, the upper village, and Les Bains, on the banks of the Taravu, with the inlet to the thermal spring. This small mountain village in Altu Taravu was once renowned for its sulphurous thermal waters, which have not been exploited for many years. The old thermal baths, whose building is now in ruins, are currently being restored. To get there from the village above, a path is signposted at the entrance to the village. Along this pleasant path (which is easy to access), you are likely to come across wild pigs or spot horses grazing in the nearby clearings.
The village of Corrano, set on a mountainside with magnificent views of the rocky peaks, surrounding forests and farmland of the region, has many remains: the ruins of typical granite houses with outdoor ovens, two Romanesque chapels, San Gavino and Trinità. To get as far as the Pont de la Trinité, one of the three Genoese bridges spanning the Taravo, take a side road heading south in front of the church, until you come to a characteristic bend in the road where the track on your right leads off. Remember to close the gate behind you, as well as the next gate at the next bend. The scrubland closes in and nature reigns everywhere, invading the access road to this bridge, which you discover almost by surprise. Built entirely of ashlar, the Ponte di a Trinità dates back to the Genoese era. Originally, it had four arches, of which only one remains today.
A typical small mountain village, Zigliara harmoniously spreads out its old houses with beautiful vaulted ceilings. You can visit the parish church of Sainte-Marie with its listed bell tower. From here, a pleasant walk will take you to the charming village of Forciolo.
From Zigliara, set off from the church down a small path, steep and very stony, but very pleasant amidst holm oaks and strawberry trees. It’s like walking through a tunnel of greenery. You’ll come to a clearing with cows grazing freely, then see some sheepfolds, before crossing the tributary of the Taravo, the Fiumicellu. You then head up the other side, with its lush vegetation, to reach the village of Forciolo. Lying at the foot of the mountains above the Taravo. This authentic village is full of character with its large, beautiful granite houses, including U Palazzu, the oldest house in Corsica!