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Porto: Scandola, Girolata, and Calanches of Piana Boat Trip

1. Porto: Scandola, Girolata, and Calanches of Piana Boat Trip

Discover the Gulf of Porto by boat and see why this extraordinary natural area is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your boat trip by sailing to the Scandola Reserve, home to beautiful cliffs and a sea bed. Located in the north of the Gulf of Porto, the Scandola Reserve has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1975 and contains majestic cliffs with more than 30 plant species. Afterward, stopover in Girolata, a small village on the edge of a scenic bay. This picturesque village is only accessible by sea or by a small path. Then visit the Calanche de Piana creeks, a dream-like place filled with magnificent colors. At the conclusion of your experience, you'll sail back to your tour starting point.

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

2. 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.

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Ajaccio: Full-Day Corsica West Coast Guided Boat Tour

3. 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.

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From Porticcio: Guided Scandola Nature Reserve Boat Tour

4. 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.

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What people are saying about Corsica

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4.6 / 5

based on 414 reviews

Superb excursion to discover the creeks of Piana, the Scandola reserve and the village of Girolata, departing from Porto! The landscapes are sublime and the narrowness of the zodiac allows you to enter the caves, something that is not feasible for other traditional boats. Our guide, Charles, is very friendly, he knows how to create a climate and a friendly atmosphere on board by playing Corsican songs! The guide's anecdotes are great and at the right time. We recommend Marine Porto Evasion without hesitation.

Perfect formula to discover the calanques of piana and the reserve of scandola in half a day.The connection between the two is done at high speed, guaranteed sensations.

An unforgettable sea trip with an excellent guide. The return to the waves will always remain etched in my memory. To do and redo

It was a nice trip. We liked our skipper also. Highly recommended.

A must see, a magnificent site and a very nice guide!