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Scandola, Girolata and Calanche de Piana Full-Day Boat Tour

1. Scandola, Girolata and Calanche de Piana Full-Day Boat Tour

Set sail from Ajaccio or Porticcio on a full-day boat tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Scandola Nature Reserve and the Gulf of Porto. Experience one of the last Mediterranean enclaves to provide shelter for endemic flora and birdlife. Stop in the coastal village of Girolata and explore the secluded village for 2 hours. Find a nice restaurant for lunch or enjoy a picnic on the beach. In the winter, the village becomes a virtual backwater with only about 15 residents. Then, venture into the Calanche de Piana to discover an outstanding landscape of pink granite rocks shaped over the centuries by changes in temperature, strong winds, and sea spray. Explore the geological diversity and unique location of the rocks that give a particular aspect to the area.

Ajaccio: Full-Day Corsica West Coast Guided Boat Tour

2. Ajaccio: Full-Day Corsica West Coast Guided Boat Tour

Discover the West Coast of Corsica's natural highlights on this full-day tour from Ajaccio. Visit the Scandola Nature Reserve and Calanques de Piana, as well as some of the area's small islands and villages like Girolata and Ficajola, before admiring the sunset with some charcuterie and rosé wine. Set sail from the convenient meeting point with your guide. Head to Scandola Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the island of Gargalo through to the cathedral fault and learn about the local wildlife. Then visit Girolata, a small fishing village built around an 18th century fort accessible only by sea. Here you can enjoy some free time to meet the wild cows that live in the village. Stop at the cove of Ficajola, then at the Calanques de Piana, a natural rock formation and UNESCO World Heritage site. Swim at Cala di Pala cove and dive from the cliffs. Dock at the Sanguinaires Islands and swim or visit the lighthouse, then enjoy an aperitif of local charcuterie and rosé wine whilst admiring the sunset.

From Porticcio: Guided Scandola Nature Reserve Boat Tour

3. From Porticcio: Guided Scandola Nature Reserve Boat Tour

Ride to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Scandola Reserve and the majestic Calanches de Piana on this group boating tour from Porticcio. Enjoy exceptional maritime and terrestrial flora and fauna, as well as rosé wine and snacks. Embark to the island of Gargalo and head to the Cathedral Rift where monk seals hangout. Stop for a swim in the turquoise waters at the Cove of Muretta, while a nustrale aperitif, some charcuterie and local rosé wine is prepared for you. Continue to Girolata, a fishing village built around an 18th century fort that is only accessible by sea. Have 1.25 hours of free time to get lunch at a restaurant overlooking the sea, or to hang out with the wild cows on the beach. Return to the boat at 12:45 pm and make your way back to Porticcio.

From Porticcio: Cruise toScandola Reserve and Porto village

4. From Porticcio: Cruise toScandola Reserve and Porto village

Step aboard a speed boat piloted by qualified captains and set sail to the Scandola Nature Reserve on this tour from Porticcio. Visit the island of Gargalo and stop for two hours of free time in the charming village of Porto.  Embark from Porticcio to the Scandola Nature Reserve to view the exceptional maritime and terrestrial flora and fauna. Head to the island of Gargalo to see the Cathedral Rift. Stop at the reserve for a swimming break in turquoise waters. Savor a 'nustrale' aperitif, a sampling of cold meats, and wine when you get back onboard. Arrive at Girolata at 11:30 am. Stroll around this small fishing village built around an 18th century fort for 20 minutes. Meet the wild cows in the village. Journey to Porto which is overlooked by at Genoese tower. Explore Porto for two hours where you can go get lunch, walk through the old-fashioned streets, or hit the beach. Disembark at 2:00 pm and sail towards the Gulf of Porto. Take another swim at Anse Ficaghjola. Move to the cliffs and caves of Calanques de Piana and dive in the natural swimming pool of Capo Rosso. Go for one last swim in Cala di Pala cove where you can jump from natural diving boards.

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What people are saying about Ajaccio

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4.5 / 5

based on 153 reviews

Must do. Indeed, the trip may seem long but we take a big slap at the sight of this nature! And the captain always has a touch of humor, the explanations are very interesting. And the icing on the cake we saw dolphins (I then realized a dd my dreams). A dream day that is really worth it.

Super moment! The touch of humor mixed with the captain's explanations made the ride more than pleasant! The friendly and kind team! Thinking that the trip was going to be long, we were captivated by the landscapes around us. Do not hesitate this excursion is superb and magnificent!

To do absolutely .... Friendly crew, extraordinary captain who could not get closer to the faults to make you enjoy everything. We take full eyes of it All the cruise is commented pleasantly. It's a favorite for this cruise

Excellent activity, a top team and exceptional discoveries. We took full eyes

friendly crew magnificent landscapes to do absolutely