A small seaside resort nestled into Corsica’s east coast, just an hour’s drive from Porto Vecchio, Solenzara is rich in authentic Corsican charm.
Solenzara may be small, but there's plenty to do in and around the town. Its excellent location along the coast, and at the foot of the Bavella mountain range, makes it perfect for activity-seekers and also those looking to slow down and relax on their Corsica holiday.
As a lesser known part of Corsica, Solenzara is also a great place to stay if you're looking to escape the crowds on your next trip away.
Whether you decide to stay in the town itself, or fancy visiting on a day trip from Porto Vecchio, here's everything you need to know about Solenzara, what there is to do there, and the best place to stay.
Top 5 things to do in Solenzara
1. Relax by the beach
Solenzara has its own sandy beach, with calm waters that are great for swimming, and remains relatively quiet – even throughout the summer season.
If you fancy a change of scenery, a number of other pretty beaches are also within easy driving distance, including Canella, Solaro, Favone, Tarcu and Fautea. You really are spoilt for choice on where to top up your tan!
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2. Dine with a view
There are plenty of picturesque places to eat and drink in this little seaside town.
Sip wine and savour classic Corsican dishes by the marina, watching the boats come in, before hopping between the resort's bustling bars, many of which play live music during the height of summer.
3. Go walking
Solenzara's position at the base of the Aiguilles de Bavella mountain makes the town a great spot for walking holidays in Corsica.
With gushing waterfalls, emerald rivers and hiking trails right on your doorstep, you're perfectly placed to soak up the very best of Corsica’s natural beauty.
Buckle up your walking boots, breathe in the brisk mountain air and soak up the panoramic vistas that stretch as far as Sardinia. You can even take a dip in the cool, fresh water of Solenzara river, the perfect way to refresh after a long day of walking!
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4. Try canyoning
Solenzara is a hotspot for adventure-lovers, with canyoning being particularly popular.
Many companies and qualified instructors offer canyoning trips by the river and into the nearby mountains. Never done canyoning before? Not to worry, the town offers trips that are suitable for all levels of experience.
5. Take a trip to Sari
From Solenzara, you can tread even more off the beaten track with a visit to Sari, a small mountain village sitting a mere 10-minute drive away.
Charming, timeless and oozing authentic Corsican charm, it won't take you long to fall in love with Sari. Wander past the quaint old stone buildings and handsome chapel, say hello to the village’s farm animals, and soak up the spectacular views from the panoramic viewpoints.
Where to stay in Solenzara
3-star hotel | 28 rooms
Set in the heart of Solenzara, this charming hotel is full of character and surrounded by natural beauty.
The pool area at Hotel La Solenzara will no doubt be the centre of your stay; hop between the gorgeous infinity pool, which merges effortlessly with the Mediterranean to offer panoramic sea views, and the hot tub before drying off in the sun. A wellness and beauty centre is also on site, offering a tempting array of massages.
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