Monthly Archives June 2014

Habitat in the ‘Casinca’

Casinca Contes & légendes Corse
At the time of the legendary Countess Matilda, the Casinca had countless hamlets scattered in the countryside.

From the 16th century, these settlements were abandoned and the habitat systematically gathered around new castles, giving rise to villages with tall, shoulder to shoulder houses, wrapped around the rocky peaks.


Casinca (bis) Contes & légendes Corse

(Casinca: microregion, north-east of the island)

Source: Contes & légendes Corse Copyright ©

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The dawning of Bastia Port

February 14, 1661 bears the decision of the ‘Noble Twelve’, for the construction of a pier in Bastia (at Porto Cardo Cove) But, it wasn’t until 1838, that the construction of a new port started being discussed.

Bastia Tempi fa (boats port)

As of 1845, the project becomes clearer and in 1855, the beginning of construction of the Dragon pier is witnessed – credit being released in 1860, after the arrival of
Napoleon III in Corsica . In 1877 while the work is far from being over, the new port of Saint Nicholas’s cove sees commercial traffic flourishing. Over the XVIII century the main exports from the port of Bastia are untanned hides, timber and fishing products. In the 1920’s, Bastia provided half of the maritime traffic of the Corsican ports ..

Photo+text credit: Bastia Tempi fa

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Lake Tolla – easy to reach and charming

Let’s start with the village of Tolla, situated in the Prunelli valley (south of Corsica). A small, charming mountain village – around 30km from Ajaccio, and embracing the side of a hill – surrounded by a number of various trees; apple, chestnut and walnut come to mind immediately.

    Lac de Tolla (Malaterre)

Certainly, the particularity of this village is the fact that it possesses a dam, built during the 60’s. With an altitude of around 552m, Lake Tolla is a secluded and peaceful spot, where one can enjoy multiple activities: horse rides, hiking, fishing (roaches, pike, carp, perch, catfish) and also wall-climbing. Others may prefer to simply swim and take it easy, but you do have the possibility to rent out kayaks and paddle boats, if you’re feeling more adventurous...

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Association Operation di Rutali – objectives and solidarity

Association Opera di RutaliRutali, a beautiful little village up north of the island created an association, and I think a few lines on their hard work and willingness is well deserved.

The Association Opera di Rutali: a village of the Upper Nebbiu was created in September 2002, through the will of a handful of people who question the current position of Rutali in the long history of the town.  Association Opera di Rutali (wall)

Their mission:

-validation and protection of cultural heritage and environment
-research and safeguard the history and memory of the village of Rutali
-development of farming activity and protection against fires
-insertion of those in difficulty
-creation and promotion of cultural activities, sports and leisure

Initiative, resolution and patience can be so rewarding, a fine example of solidarity.


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How many plants find their realm in Cape Corsica …

Contes & Légéndes Corse (royaume végétale)Forests, wetlands and the maquis share their comfortable realm within Cape Corsica, having become landmarks for scientific and environmental observation.

No less than 21 notable plants have been identified – and sufficient to arouse the interest of the Coastal Conservatory, who acquired 670 ha between 1984 and 2010 at the tip of the Cape (districts of Rogliano, Ersa, Centuri and soon Morsiglia). The management of these protected areas (Natura 2000, Conservatoire, Nature Reserve, coastal control path) is provided by the association Finocchiarola-Pointe belonging to the cape, who closely associates municipality members, Association of Friends of the Natural Park of Corsica, General Council, Environment Agency and the Dreal.

Alongside the cistus, myrtle and arbutus growing on this land, o...

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