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It is a benchmark in environmental protection. Covering an area of 1,900 hectares, the Scandola Reserve is a natural marine and land reserve (1,000 hectares of sea and 900 hectares of land). The area is strictly protected, with no hiking, fishing or diving allowed to preserve the flora and fauna. You can, however, visit this natural wonder on a boat trip from Porto, but also from Cargèse, Sagone or Ajaccio further south. The area is one of the most beautiful parts of Corsica’s natural heritage.


In the vast landscape of the Mediterranean, one jewel stands out for its beauty and unique character: the Scandola Nature Reserve, a treasure of Corsica that defies time and man. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the reserve is a monument of nature, a living canvas where fauna and flora have found a precious refuge.

Located on the west coast of Corsica, between Calvi and Porto, the Scandola Nature Reserve is a true Eden of biodiversity. Covering nearly 2,000 hectares of land and 1,000 hectares of sea, it is a geological wonder born from the eruption of an underwater volcano millions of years ago. The red rocks that plunge into the deep blue sea create a breathtaking landscape, sculpted by wind and waves.

Arriving by sea is the only way to discover this Corsican paradise. The steep cliffs, caves, and islets offer a grand spectacle. You will be struck by the beauty of the rock formations, some of which evoke mythical figures such as the Scandola eagle or the monk, natural curiosities that delight every visitor.

It is a refuge for many animal and plant species. The clear waters of the reserve harbor a rich and varied marine life, including groupers, red corals, and a multitude of colorful fish. The underwater depths are a true treasure for divers. On land, the cliffs and scrubland are home to the golden eagle, peregrine falcon, and Mediterranean shag.

The Scandola Nature Reserve is a remarkable example of biodiversity management in Corsica. Human activities are heavily regulated to preserve this fragile ecosystem. Fishing and anchoring are prohibited, as is the picking of plants. The reserve is a model for conservation and environmental education.

Visiting the Scandola Nature Reserve is an unforgettable experience. It is an immersion in the raw and wild beauty of Corsica, an invitation to contemplation and respect for nature. It is a journey out of time, where one becomes aware of the fragility of our planet and the importance of preserving it.

The Scandola Nature Reserve is an ode to Corsica, a jewel of green and azure that testifies to the richness and diversity of the island of beauty. It is a jewel to discover, a breathtaking spectacle that leaves no one indifferent. If you visit Corsica, do not miss this natural wonder.