Girolata – a natural sanctuary

A world within its own, where nature settles and modestly/humbly dominates the exquisite surroundings, spreading her contagious cloak of natural shades. Unspoilt and protected, accessible usually by sea, but there is a path leading there, with around a four hour walk involved, either from the La Croix pass or the GR Mare e Monti. However, the boat trip is quite enjoyable, and a novelty in some ways, leaving from several towns: Ajaccio, Porto, Calvi, Galéria, Sagone Gulf and Cargèse. Girolata, which is a small village, belongs to the Osani municipality, and is registered with UNESCO world heritage, and around 30km from Porto.

And yes, visited of course...

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Recipe of the week: Chestnut, Stewed Apple and Honey Muffins

 
A mouth watering treat, for any time of the year – using Corsican honey of course, if you can lay your hands on it – and if not, whatever honey may be your choice.
 
 
Serves 6                                                                                     
 
Ingredients:
 
– 2 medium-sized apples
– 75g butter (25g for apples, 50g for muffins)
– 2 soupspoon citron jam
– 1 soupspoon honey
– 2 soupspoon flour
– 2 soupspoon chestnut flour
– 1/2 packet baking powder
– 2 eggs
– 2 soupspoon sugar
 
 
 
Method:
 
Preheat oven at 190°C.
Wash apples (removing the core) – cut into small pieces and brown with 25g butter. Mix well, and add the citron jam and honey, allow to caramelise a little.
In a bowl, add eggs and sugar and beat well – add melted butter, mix and add sieved flour with the b...
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A few words on: The archaeological site of Cauria Rinaghju

We already know from information being constantly updated, that the island currently has more than a thousand menhirs – the majority of which are located in southern Corsica, (and especially around the region of Sartène).
 
The alignments of Cauria (I Stantari and Rinaghju), are megalithic monuments menhirs, stelae and menhir statues of granite. On the archaeological site of Cauria, stands one of the most emblematic and best preserved dolmens in the whole of Corsica.                               
 
Witnesses of human occupation, and some even dating back to over 6000 years, these alignments which are located today in organised agricultural activities, highlight the different occupational phases of the site...
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A few words on: The Corsican Donkey

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Origin:
Their origin dates back several centuries, when they were already very present on the island. At that time, they were of remarkable assistance: pack-saddled, harnessed or ridden, in the stone quarries for agricultural work in very steep places, in order to connect distant hamlets, or going to separate agricultural farms.
Also used for the production of male/female mules.
 
 
Character:
Obedient, courageous, enduring and very resistant with safe feet, capable of climbing up and down very steep slopes.
 
 
Morphology:
Up to the 18th century, they didn’t exceed 90c at the withers, and the coat was grayish – then, they grew thanks to the Catalan donkey, and the coat became black.
Today, two types can be found:
– the pure Corsican, light grey with 1.17m at the withers
– black, descen...
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What’s the particularity of —> ZONZA ?

Here, we are entering the heart of the Alta Rocca region. Zonza, is yet another one of our perched villages, at 750m above sea level.

Old granite houses built on blocks of rock will charm you undoubtedly, dominating the Asinao valley and in the middle of chestnut, pine and Holm oaks.
An interesting detail that holds its weight, Zonza has the highest hippodrome in Europe, with horse racing during the summer.                                                                          
                                                                       
 
If you’re wondering what the nearest beaches may be, Sainte-Lucie de Porto-Vecchio and Pinarello would be choices you’d certainly take pleasure in visiting – some of the most beautiful beaches on the island are around here.
You can also vi...
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