Holiday in Corsica: excursion to Scandola Nature Reserve

Scandola Corsica

Réserve naturelle de Scandola is its French name. Unesco World Heritage site, it is the first marine and terrestrial protected area in Europe. In other words, Scandola Nature Reserve is one of the most precious natural treasures of Corsica. A place worthy of a small excursion during a holiday on the “Island of beauty”.


The Nature Reserve

Scandola Nature Reserve is divided into two parts:

  • the Elpa Nera inlet
  • the peninsula of Scandola.

The cliffs of the peninsula overlook the sea and some of  these cliffs are 900 meters high. Along this rugged coast there are small bays, coves and grottos, almost all are accessible only by sea.


Why you should visit it

It is one of the most beautiful places in Corsica: do you really need some other reason to visit? An excursion to Scandola reserve is recommended for everyone who wants to spend a day totally immersed in a wild and pristine nature. Hikers will not regret the choice. You will feel the sensation of being far, far away from modernity.


How to get there

The only way to get to Scandola Nature Reserve is via sea: several shipping companies offer boat trips from the main towns along the west coast of Corsica, such as Calvi, Porto, Cargèse, Sagone, Ajaccio.

Dont’ forget: in Scandola Nature Reserve you cannot hunt, fish, go camping, moor a ship, pick plants and flowers.


Image source: “03 Calanche Piana” di Photo: Myrabella / Wikimedia Commons. Con licenza CC BY-SA 3.0 tramite Wikimedia Commons

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