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 visit the Resistance Museum in the Alta Rocca, which recalls the conflicts of the micro-region between 1936/1943 – invasions by the Italians and the German occupation, and among others, these events are recalled through photos and testimonies. The archaeological site traces the history of the Alta Rocca, from prehistory to the feudal period, by way of the antiquity under the Romans.
Of course, there’s lots to do there too, with many mountain activities including hiking, tree climbing, mountain biking, swimming in the river and even canyoning. Being close to the mountains and far from the crowded towns, the possibility to admire and enjoy the fauna and flora is what is offered to you here. To be noted, nearby you have the chance to appreciate (with a panoramic view), the Incudine and the fabulous ‘Aiguilles de Bavella’ (needles of Bavella), at 1300m above sea level, and the Bavella pass which is one of the passages of the notorious GR20 – our famous hiking trail, which many of you have heard about or perhaps visited by now.
Bavella being a massif with fresh, invigorating and healthy fresh atmosphere, which never leaves you feeling unstirred.
I’ve been told Zonza was originally named ‘Zonza di Carbini’ back in the XVII century. But, it was in prehistoric times that the actual history of the village began, 2nd century BC with the Torres population. In the XIX century, farming and crop growing were the main sources of income. It wasn’t until after 1945 that tourism began to develop, with 134km2 of municipality including mountains and coastline.
A very pretty village, well worth your time if you have the chance to visit this way, it’s around 41km from Ajaccio and 108km from Bastia – keep it in mind !
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