We had breakfast at the hotel, and we then walked to the Citadel to visit the old town. For a small fee, we visited the King Aragon staircase which is carved within the limestone cliff and allow access to the sea level from the upper town. It’s very steep and a good workout to go back up, especially with a backpack having 2.5litres of water in it 🙂
We also visited the bastion of the fortresses. There was 2 or 3 level of rooms; like an underground bunker 😉 This area also gave us an exceptional view on the city. It worth the 3.50€.
We then went on a boat cruise for an hour. We visited the nearby “calenques”, some bays, went inside the mountain through a narrow opening and followed the cliff on which the city was built. We enjoyed it.
We then drove north in direction of Porto Vecchio and stopped at the Balistra beach on the way there. It may be our last day at the beach as we are heading toward the highest mountains of the island, far from the coast. We enjoyed every moment of it before heading to Quenza. It was much colder up there.
We had breakfast and left for a day hike along the north shore of Corsica, near St-Florent. We got good tips from our AirBnB host to reach a secret parking 3km west of St-Florent beaches. As expected, the road was in bad shape but we managed not to break or scratch the car.
We followed the shore in direction of the Lodo beach. The first section is mostly flat but never in straight line. The view is amazing. We had to remove our shoes to cross a 50cm deep river to continue on the trail. We finally stopped 2km before the prestigious Lodo beach (likely full of tourist) to instead opt for a smaller one that made us think about the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio. There are no roads to get there, the only way is through that 16km hike in total.
Next objective was to reach Ile Rousse, located on the other side of the mountains (Desert des Agriates). Trying to follow the locals behing the wheel of a Citroen C3 Diesel, I was feeling like in a Go-Kart. A Fiat 500 in front, an Audi behind me. Stay focus; it’s super narrow and there is always a Cliff or a bridge after each curve.
Here a video about ‘Real’ Cuba. Most people go to Cuba to stay in a crowded resort. We didn’t.
We travel across the country to see as much as possible in our 8 days trip. From the cities to the country side, while spending a few hours alone on a paradize beach. It was amazing; we saw so many things, it felt like a month.