This picturesque, medieval village is the capital of the Ostriconi valley, an area of outstanding beauty which extends from the wild and untamed coastline at Ogliastrelli to the famous crossroads of the island at Ponte Leccia. The village itself attracts many visitors for its stunning floral displays, narrow alleyways, buzzing Church Square and wonderful views of the entire valley.
One of the wilder and more rustic settings among Corsica's most popular beaches, Ostriconi Beach boasts a mesmerising location between the ocean and the mountains. The beach is set 15 minutes’ drive from Lama and is easily reached despite its isolated location. The beach is rarely overcrowded, and you'll have no problems finding a place to lay your beach towel on the expansive curve of sand.
A fabulous large beach which is hardly ever crowded. Access to the beach is between the turnings for Palasca and Belgodère and there is ample car parking. There are two beach café’s towards the western end of the beach. This beach is stepped and shelves quite steeply at the waterline and, in times of rougher seas, the undertow can be hazardous so may not be suitable for less accomplished swimmers and children.
A celebration of the sea held in l'Ile Rousse every May. In addition to fish and seafood produce, there are many activities for children as well as scientific stands, competitions, exhibitions and workshops.
Estivoce in Pigna
Estivoce is a celebration of Corsican music and arts with concerts of polyphonic music from June to September with many of the celebrations being in July.
Porto Latino - St Florent, August
A hot Latin festival with nightly open-air concerts held in the citadel.
Foire de l'Amandier in Aregno
Held in the Balagne village of Aregno every August, the Foire de l’Amandier includes tastings, painting exhibitions, events for children and cooking contests all based around the almond and its trees.
Fiera di l’Artigiani in Feliceto
The craftsmen of the Strada di l’Artigiani congregate to celebrate their crafts every August.
Fiera di u Sumere in Sant’Antonino
Celebrating the donkey in August, the only form of transport in the cobbled winding streets of this mountain village. Take a donkey ride around the village to view the picturesque surroundings and magnificent views.
Rencontres Polyphoniques in Calvi
Polyphonic singing is at the heart of Corsican culture every September in Calvi and singers from around the world perform in the Citadel at the Rencontres Polyphoniques.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Walk to Monte Astu
If you’re a keen walker, set off for a 6h circular walk to Monte Astu (1,535m altitude) from Lama and be rewarded by some of the more extraordinary vistas across the Désert des Agriates, St Florent and Cap Corse on one side, and all the way to L’Ile Rousse, Calvi and the high peaks of la Balagne on the other side.
L’Ile Rousse old town
Wander the streets and make sure you take a trip to the market held every morning in a majestic covered market place. The produce is local and fresh and includes fish, vegetables, local honey, charcuterie and cheeses. There are ample restaurants to choose from in the narrow streets and around the main square beneath the plane trees and the silver sand of L’Ile Rousse beach is very tempting.
Explore the mountain villages of Haute-Balagne
Drive on the mountain roads that meander up to the fortress villages clinging to the hillsides and take in the astounding views across the maquis-carpeted mountains down to the coastline below. You can also follow the craft trail "Strada di l'Artigiani" and sample the local specialities en route.
The bustling heart in St Florent is the old town, with its narrow streets and vibrant bar terraces. Relax in one of the waterfront cafés and watch the yachts of the rich arrive at the marina. The ambience on the port of an evening is not to be missed.
Désert des Agriates
The Désert des Agriates is a landscape of wild maquis and rocky cliffs. Take a boat trip to one of its beaches, inaccessible by car, or rent a boat yourself to explore the hidden coastline around the town. Boats from the harbour will take you to the beaches of Saleccia and Loto (3-6 departures a day and a 30 min trip).
Drive to Ponte Leccia and take the train to Corte
The town centre of Corte is one long street through the centre of a valley lined with small shops and stores. As well as strolling in an out of the various shops, you can people watch from one of the many pavement cafes and eateries in the main street, against the back drop of the surrounding interior scenery.
The Restonica Valley
This is probably one of the most beautiful and dramatic areas in Corsica, with its glacial gorges carved into the granite cliffs, which are covered in verdant pine forests. The valley takes its name from the Restonica River, which flows through the cliffs and gorges to the many pools and lakes, dotted around and about, making this a popular place to walk and picnic. The two most well known lakes Lac de Melo and the spectacular Lac de Capitello are accessible by foot via a rather strenuous and in some places steep path.