From the north to the south this island is a beauty to discover, depending on what you want to do: chilling near the sea, hiking, trekking, drink a glass of local wine,… In the article you will find some nice places I was, and some of the hiking I did, but still I have many reasons to go back in this reach and amazing land... I will write several articles with the places I was, divided for area.
Let's start from the north, where I arrived with the ferry, in Bastìa!
THE FINGER LAND IN THE NORTH: CENTURI PORT
If you will land in Bastìa, the first part to visit, and for me one of the most beautiful, is the land that seems a finger in the north.
If you are by car or motorbike (maybe also a simple bike) take the road to the north and start to discover this multicolored island.
One of the small villages you will find on your way, nice to stop is Centuri and its Port.
Port de Centuri is the coastal hamlet of Centuri, a tiny village of Capo Corso, which you will probably hear mentioned because here we find the Moulin Mattei, an old restored windmill that became famous as a symbol of the liquor company. From there you can have a nice view on the gulf and it is on your way to Centuri.
If you continue, following the road from the D80 state road you will arrive to Port de Centuri, crossing a chestnut forest before arriving at an abandoned abbey, and then to a wonderful and lonely road to the sea.
The tiny village is composed by the stone houses rise from the small cliff that gave them the material of which they are made, a handful of small restaurants overlooking the water cook the lobsters fished from the moored boats ( specialized in the fishing of small and very tasty local lobsters), for the few tourists who come here. Just beyond the 20 houses that make up the town, the beach opens up on a number of rocks and an island that emerge from the placid blue waters.
A bar on the dock of the marina serves cool drinks with the slowness of someone who knows that if you've come this far, you won't have to rush to leave. Port de Centuri although certainly unknown to most, is quite and simple as I like it!
NONZA: A BLACK BEACH IN THE NORTH
If you continue on the road after Centuri, you will pass across a mall village seeming to stand still in time, in its serene and almost monotonous life. This village is Nonza, built on the rock , may have made life inside quite uncomfortable, but, on the other hand, the frequent raids by Saracen pirates recommended a protected location for all the villages on this coast. On its narrow and steep streets and alleyways, there are houses with gray stone roofs and beautiful sculpted portals, often painted in soft pink, green and ocher colors, which are also typical of the Ligurian coast.
Just below the village is the vast so-called "black beach", famous for its striking dark sand that gives it its name, with shades ranging from black to various types of dark gray, with shiny grains, composed of small gray pebbles that they become black when they are wet. Unique in its kind, it certainly has a fascinating visual impact, which should not make us forget, however, like Nonza's black sand, that summer accumulates so much heat as to become hot in the hottest hours, they ended up mixing, in the middle of 20th century, with the processing waste of a nearby asbestos mine closed in 1966, which enlarged the beach..