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Balagne: Corsican region with contrasting landscapes

The Balagne, the famous region of Upper Corsica, has the fortune of being among the most fertile areas of the island, thanks to both the diversity of its agriculture and to the influx of tourists who appreciate these magnificent landscapes.
You can’t visit Corsica without exploring La Balagne in Haute-Corse.

La Balagne: between sea and mountains

Indeed, the Balagne is distinguished by two special attractions: the presence of the Mediterranean Sea and of the mountain peaks that soar up to 2000 metres.
Thus the land is rich with marine sediment, allowing the cultivation of the olive trees, citrus fruits, and chestnuts which today still create the wealth of its inhabitants.

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La Balagne

Many villages, some of them perched on unlikely summits, were created around these crops. Today, they give Balagne its unique identity, one of authenticity and a rich cultural, gastronomic and traditional heritage.

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La Balagne : essential activities

  • In Upper Corsica, the land of wine and olive trees is a link between the sea and the mountains. Discover the balcony villages of the Balanese cornice: Pigna, its craftsmen and artists, Aregno and its surprising Romanesque church, the eagle’s nest of Sant’Antonino, Speloncato on its rocky spur, the graceful Belgodère.
  • In the hinterland, Olmi-Capella is embedded in a micro-region wild forest of holm oaks and chestnut trees. At an altitude of 800m, you can breathe far from the summer crowd. Stroll with your family and at speed bump in the Giussani along paved paths that will take you from Genoese bridges to water mills.
  • At the Île Rousse, walk the botanical park of Saleccia. Several didactic and marked itineraries are proposed: the olive tree paths, the maquis path… Children can stop at the dwarf goat enclosure. You will taste the products of the estate at the refreshment area.
  • Off the coast of Calvi’s citadel, explore with a diving club the famous remains of an American plane. Next to the lighthouse of the Revellata, the Stareso oceanographic centre offers introductions to marine biology and the discovery of the Balagne seabed. On the surface, opt for a catamaran trip and admire the sunset over Calvi Bay.
  • You will find in the natural pools of the Fangu River an alternative to salt water. The shaded pools are dug into the pink granite. You will admire in the distance the mountains of Haute-Corse.
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La Balagne: between sea and mountains

Indeed, Balagne is distinguished by two particular attractions: the presence of the Mediterranean Sea and then vertiginous mountain peaks rising up to 2000 meters.
Thus, the land, rich in marine sediments, allows multiple crops of olive trees, citrus fruits, chestnuts that still today make the wealth of its inhabitants.

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Culture and heritage of Balagne

Many villages, sometimes perched on unlikely peaks, have been created around its cultures which today give the face of an authentic Balagne authentic and rich with a cultural, gastronomic heritage like the Balagne wine and traditional know-how.

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Love and respect for traditions in Balagne

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The villages of Balagne

The particularity of the villages of Balagne lies in the fact that, despite the many tourists on the steep roads and hilly paths, nothing has changed. No asphalt buildings or large tourist landmarks, but an enhancement and preservation of popular and traditional cultures.

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An exceptional market

Thus in the crafts markets in Balagne in Calvi, l’Île Rousse or Lumio it is still very easy to find old craftsmen and catering trades who have passed on their values from generation to generation while opening onto the exceptional market offered by the many tourists.

The initiatives of groups of craftsmen, such as that of Corsicada in Lumio, allow all these small traders to continue to live from their activity without losing the charm of their authenticity.

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Sant’Antonio, reaching a height of 450 metres, offers visitors sublime panoramas on the Balagne coast. The visit of the village can be done on foot or by donkey for more exoticism! Starting from Lumio, don’t miss the ascent to the abandoned village of Occi, which after half an hour’s walk will offer you a sublime view that you won’t soon forget!

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Speloncato, a small village perched at an altitude of 600 metres, you will have to walk the 6.5 km that separates you from this little jewel in the clouds to reach Corsican heaven! Typical, wild, the village where in the evening, after the heat of the day, the elders take their place on the benches while the little ones play happily… To discover all the hidden treasures of the beautiful region of Balagne, you have understood it, you must not hesitate to get off the beaten track!

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