The Scandola reserve
The Scandola nature reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of Corsica's natural treasures. Covering an area of 919 hectares of land and 1000 hectares of sea, this reserve is one of the island's most emblematic. Created in 1975, its main mission is to preserve the beauty and integrity of this unique ecosystem.
The landscapes of the Scandola reserve are breathtaking. The imposing cliffs, the sea caves sculpted by the waves, the rocky islets emerging from the azure sea - everything contributes to creating a magical atmosphere. Every corner of the reserve reveals a breathtaking natural beauty that fills visitors with wonder.
The reserve is also a haven of biodiversity. There are a multitude of species of seabirds, colourful fish, coral and even marine mammals such as dolphins. Scandola's wealth of flora and fauna makes it a real paradise for nature lovers and marine biology enthusiasts.
There's only one way to discover the Scandola reserve: by sea. Corsica Emotion offers boat excursions offering breathtaking views of the cliffs and rock formations.
During your visit, it is important to respect the conservation rules in force. It is forbidden to land on the islets and to fish in the reserve in order to protect this fragile environment. By acting responsibly, we are helping to preserve this natural treasure for future generations.
Things to see and do
During your visit to the Scandola nature reserve, here are some of the things you can see and do:
Boat trip: The best way to discover Scandola is on a boat trip. You can admire the magnificent red cliffs and rock formations, explore the sea caves and observe the marine life.
Wildlife watching: Scandola is home to a variety of marine animals, including dolphins, sea turtles and a wide range of birds. You can take advantage of your boat trip to observe the local wildlife.
What is there to see in the reserve?
The Scandola nature reserve offers a wealth of spectacular scenery and natural features to discover. Here are just a few of the outstanding points of interest you can see on your visit:
- The red cliffs The Scandola cliffs are among the most impressive in the Mediterranean. Their craggy rock formations and reddish hues create a striking landscape that rises majestically above the sea.
- Sea caves Scandola: Scandola is home to a number of fascinating sea caves. These caves are carved into the cliffs and provide natural refuges for a wide variety of marine species.
- Islets and rock formations The reserve has several islets, including the island of Gargalo. These islets are surrounded by crystal-clear waters and provide a vital habitat for many seabirds.
- A wealth of marine life Scandola: home to exceptional marine biodiversity. During your boat trip, you can spot dolphins, sea turtles and maybe even whales. The clear waters of the reserve are also home to magnificent coral reefs and colourful fish.
- Panoramic views from the sea One of the highlights of a visit to Scandola is the chance to admire the panoramas from the sea. Sailing along the cliffs and islets, you can take breathtaking photos and enjoy the natural beauty of the reserve from different angles.
The Scandola nature reserve is protected, which means that access to certain areas may be restricted to preserve the fragile ecosystem. During your visit, it is essential to respect the rules and regulations in force in order to preserve this exceptional environment for future generations.
How do I get there?
To get to the Scandola nature reserve, you need to travel to Corsica, in France. The nearest airport is Ajaccio-Napoléon Bonaparte. From there, you can take land transport to the village of Porto, which is the departure point for boat trips to Scandola.
You can also get to Porto by ferry from Marseille or Nice, the main cities in the south of France. Once in Porto, you'll find numerous agencies offering boat trips to Scandola like Corse Emotion.
It is advisable to book your boat trip in advance, as the number of places is limited and boats fill up quickly.
And be sure to respect the reserve's rules and regulations during your visit to help preserve this exceptional natural heritage.
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