Category Nature

Turtle Island – ‘A Cupulatta’

photo-tortue4Now, here is one of the most extraordinary places to visit where nature and one of the oldest existing species flourish in perfect affinity

Cupulatta” (turtle) – a unique park and breeding centre, situated just outside of Ajaccio, in a preserved, natural site, where one can literally spend the day visiting and admiring over 170 species, and 3000 specimens, originating from America, Asia and Africa – this is the largest European park of turtles/tortoises to see the day, and founded in 1993 in an instinctive setting of 2.5 hectares of land...

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Honey, or the direction of sunbeams ..

abeille (La Quinzaine Sud Corse)Personally, I have never, as yet, found a more fragrant and delectable honey

Certainly related to the vast, wild and rich flora that inhabits the island, literally sun-drenched, where the bees may choose at their leisure. The fact is, that you may find a texture and flavor suitable to each season, and the obvious distinctness here is quite noticeable.

Principally, there exists six types: Spring Maquis, Summer Maquis, Fall Maquis, Chestnut, Arbutus and Anthyllis, but I have also come across Honeydew and Tangerine – in fact, the producers sometimes like to label according to what is most representative, and this can very well vary, however the six categories stand for reference...

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Haven’t we heard that the clearest way into the Universe is, through a forest?

Vizzavona

Imagine an island where 46% of its surface is substantially forested – this is the case of Corsica.

Pine, holm oak, birch, chestnut, fir, arbutus, beech … these forests hold the endemic plants and animal species so vital for the maintaining of the natural ecosystem and continuation of natures survival. Aitone, Ospedale, Vizzavona, Bavella, Valdoniello being the central forests. Rospa Sorba produces abundant quantities of Laricio pine wood, whilst the Ersa forest offers ramblings through alder trees. Holm oak, black + maritime pines dominate the Bonifatu forest, where hiking and walking can also be appreciated. Cross-country skiing has, over the years, become more and more popular, and is present in many regions.

It is not surprising to see Eucalyptus trees on many parts of the island, and...

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Nature recognizes Spring long before we do … a perpetual astonishment

Back Camera

 Back Camera

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What about endemism in Corsica?

Mouflon12Each region possesses its variety and exclusiveness as regards to what is ‘naturally’ present

This is declared as ‘endemic’ and Corsica has a high rate of endemism. Approximately 280 species and sub species of plants, of which 140 are located in Corsica, and 80 in Sardinia highlighting the fact of the importance of this area in the persistence of species. The abundance of soils, insularity and climate variation influence the ecosystems. If you are lucky and also patient, on one of your walks up the mountains, you may see a Corsican mouflon! Molluscs, insects, butterflies, fish, reptiles, birds (fauna/flora)...

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