Visit Western Corsica

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Visit Western Corsica 20130 Cargese fr

A land rooted in the distant past, Western Corsica will overwhelm your senses as you meander along its well-trodden paths. The enigmatic cliffs of red granite, Calanches de Piana, invite relaxation while at Scandola you walk in the footprints of the ancients. These landscapes featured on the UNESCO World Heritage list reveal incredible beauty to the visitor; from village to village, you will come across an authentic culture which merges processions and celebrations, traditions and legends. In Cargèse, share in the Latin and Byzantine rituals. Discover surprising sacred buildings and follow the traces of Italian painting by discovering Cardinal Fesch’s fabulous collection in the churches. 

Absorb the spiritual energy from these historical and charming sites. Every stone conceals a legend that inspires reflection. Every beach is a shelter for the eyes of Saint Lucy. Every site is a source of strength for visitors.

Getting there


  • Ajaccio Napoléon Bonaparte airport:
    Connections with Paris-Orly, Paris CDG, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Montpellier, Nantes, Quimper, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Mulhouse, Metz-Nancy, Strasbourg, Clermont-Ferrand, Lille
    International connections with Barcelona, Geneva, LondonGatwick, Brussels, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Olbia, BaselMulhouse-Freiburg 
  • Calvi Sainte Catherine airport: 
    Connections with Lyons, Marseille, Nice, Paris-Orly, Paris CDG, Toulouse, Nantes, Strasbourg, Mulhouse
    International connections with Vienna, Salzburg, London STN, Memmingen, Cologne

By car: 

  • From Ajaccio and Calvi: D81 



Visiting the shrine:

  • Latin (1828) and Greek (1872) churches in Cargèse
  • Saint Martin Sari d’Orcino church
  • Saint François de Vico convent (stay possible)


  • In French, English, Italian: brochures sent free of chargeon request or downloaded at - “Téléchargements” section
  • Discover Western Corsica in videos at



Special Events

  • Saint Anthony (January 17)
  • Holy Week - Processions (Thursday, March 28 to Monday, April 1)
  • Divina Misericordia (April 18)
  • Feux de la Saint Jean festival (June 29)
  • Confréries Piana open day (July)
  • Sorru in Musica festival (July and December)
  • Processions of the Virgin Mary (August 15)
  • Saint Roch (August 16)
  • Saint Elisée Orto (August 29)
  • Saint Nicholas (December 6)
  • Saint Spiridon (December 12)
  • Saint Lucy (December 13)
  • Sacred fires at Christmas (December 24)






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