Castellare di Casinca is one of the few picturesque villages of the Casinca, an area rich in olive and chestnut trees. This village enjoys fabulous views across the eastern plain to the coast and a has a beautiful 10th-Century church. The Casinca region is practically untouched by tourism and appeals to those looking for a taste of authentic Corsica. There are plenty of walking trails in the area allowing visitors to discover a delightful scenery of perched villages, beautiful Roman churches and coastline.
The Coastline of the Costa Verde nestles between the Castagniccia hills and the deep blue waters of the Tyrrhenian sea, and boasts 14km stretch of golden sand with Moriani Plage as its main resort. There are various access points to the beach and several beach bars along this vast stretch. A couple of spots also offer water sports.
The main beach in the town of Bastia is a pebbly one, and the place can get very busy in the summer months. Another town beach, the sandy Plage de l'Arinella, is the beginning of the long sandy shore that extends along the whole of the east coast. Although not the most stunning in Corsica, this beach does offer water sports and there are a couple of bars/restaurants.
The coastline of the Cap Corse is dramatic and there are no obvious, large beaches to point out. But that isn't to say there aren't any worth visiting - it's more a case of exploring and seeing what you find. Many of the beaches at this end of the island are shingle but there are a few with fine golden sand.
Rock' Inseme – Biguglia, June
A rock and pop music festival bringing together recognised artists and up-an-coming bands.
Fiera di u Vinu – Luri, July
A lively festival celebrating the wine produced in the Cap Corse region.
A Notte di a Memoria – The Relève du Gouverneur - Bastia, July
A re-enactment of the arrival of the French governor with a light and drum parade through the streets of the citadel.
Les Nuits de la Guitare – Patrimonio, July
The amphitheatre in the village of Patrimonio is the setting for this popular festival that takes place every July and draws stars from the world of guitar, be it jazz, flamenco, blues or rock.
Porto Latino - St Florent, August
A hot Latin festival with nightly open-air concerts held in the citadel.
Festival de la Chanson/Corse Pascal Paoli – Furiani, August
Corsican singing concerts.
Festival de Musique – Erbalunga, August
An established music festival showing off some of the greatest national and local talents.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Capital of Haute Corse and just a 15 minute drive from Erbalunga is Bastia, a busy town with a population of 50,000, making it the second largest town on the island. The Place St Nicolas is a pleasant spot to soak up Bastia’s Mediterranean atmosphere and with its shady trees and cafes is the social hub of the town. The Boulevard Paoli and Rue César Campinchi are the main shopping streets running parallel to the square. The old town lies south of Place St Nicolas and surrounds the old port which should not be missed. It is overlooked by the high honey-coloured Genoese Citadel (quite a climb) and bustles with harbourside bars and restaurants. Wander through the old streets behind the old port to find the Place du Marché where there is a local farmers market each morning and the church of St Jean Baptiste, Corsica's largest church is well worth a visit.
Going eastwards from Corté, over the mountain ridge that separates the Tavignano and Golo rivers, lies the very fertile region of the Castagniccia (literally meaning “small chestnut grove”), wherein lies over 100km² of primarily sweet chestnut forests. On a clear day, the altitude affords views over the Tuscan Islands and occasionally, the snow-capped peaks of the Alps are visible.
On the west of Cap Corse, narrow roads wind above a dramatically serrated coastline, dotted with little coves, whilst the sea washes on the rocks below and woods and maquis outline the peaks above. A complete circuit of the Cap Corse will take you about four hours (without stops) and we recommend that you always drive in a clockwise direction so that you are always in the inside lane (the road can be narrow and winding and the drops are precipitous and rather scary!).
Just past Bastia, approx 1hr drive, the fishing port of Erbalunga on the eastern coast clings to a little jagged promontory, opal waves slapping against gaudy fishing boats. The pedestrianised village has many cafés and restaurants and a Genoese tower on the headland and is the home of a Jazz festival in August.