Balagne is also called the garden of Corsica because of its fertile grounds and extended agricultural activity. The region is one of the main producer of olives and olive oil and even has its own local variey called “niellaghja”. It is also endowed with a beautiful winding coast, sprinkled with some pristine white sand beaches and red granite rocks. The bay of Calvi is probably the jewel in this crown. To top it all, the region also offers a very rich mountain side: scenic landscapes hiking, river swimming and finally more churches that you could ever wish for.
The top 6 things to do in Balagne
Strada di l’artigiani – or the Tour of Corsican handicraft, takes you around Balagnehttp://www.routedesartisans.fr
Pigna – this small village perched on a mountainside behind Algaloja can only be visited by foot. Cars park outside the village and the numerous tourists that come to visit can then peacefully wander around the narrow medieval paved streets. The village is worth a visit simply from its natural charm and authenticity. It is also famous for the “Casa Musicale”, a
The biosphere and river swimming of the Fango – the biosphere reserve of the Fango river was created in 1977. The river starts at an altitude of 2550m and ends up in the gulf of Galeria. Following its course, one can discover a fabulous ecosystem, with an extremely rich fauna and flora changing over very short distances. On the heights, where the river starts, you might even be lucky enough to spot a golden eagle or a lammergeier, both protected species. The water of the Fango river are also crystal clear and of very good quality. It is hard to resist taking a dip.
Diving and scenic view at the Pointe Revellata – A few kilometers from Calvi, the Pointe Revellata offers scenic views from its cliffs that dive into turquoise waters. The view is best from Notre-Dame-de-la-Serra, a 19th century chapel situated at the end of the road leading to the point. A nice stopover for sighseeing is also the popular diving spot with its underwater canyon and a B-17 bomber sunk 28m below surface.