Private Corsica Sightseeing Tour: Bavella Peaks and Mountain Village of Zonza
Tour Participation Requirements
Special Medical Restriction
Corsica's rocky needles, cliffs, and spires have earned it the name "mountain in the sea." You've come ashore on the most mountainous of all the Mediterranean islands, and this tour explores what lies beyond the coast.
An impressive landscape reveals the story of this beautiful island. The long, tall spine of granite that forms its backbone was caused by a geological cataclysm about 250 million years ago, followed by upheavals that thrust sedimentary rock against the island's east side. Then erosion began its patient work, carving the island into rows of deep valleys and steep, monumental peaks.
The land shaped the life of its people, who lived proudly and independently in their valleys, largely untouched by 3,000 years of conflict that saw a succession of powers vying for control of the Mediterranean. Corsica has belonged to France for more than two centuries now (except for a year of Italian rule during World War II). Yet Corsicans retain a spirit of independence that rises like the terrain the farther you get from the coasts.
The mountain villages at the center of the island are only about 20 miles from the coasts and their popular resorts, but the way of life is worlds apart. You'll catch the aromas of pine and wild thyme on the breeze, and perhaps spot wild mouflon, the descendants of sheep that escaped domestication centuries ago. More surprises await among the jagged peaks. Unlike most travelers, who know Corsica only as sunny stretches of perfect sand, you're going deep into its wild and rugged heart.
Signs of discontent
Although Corsica has been a region of France since 1768, the 20th century saw the rise of a nationalist movement that seeks greater autonomy and more protection for the Corsican language (closer to Italian than French) and culture. While largely peaceful, some nationalists make a strong visual statement, using spray paint to obliterate French from the island's bilingual road signs.
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