Balcony villages

They evoke by themselves the Corsican rural life of the past. Facing the Tuscan archipelago, five picturesque villages with traditional settlements surrounding the hinterland of Bastia. They are nestled in a wonderfully preserved nature, between wash houses, ovens and fountains of yesteryear hidden in narrow streets made of local stones. These baroque and Romanesque sanctuaries bear witness to a past still alive, and are waiting to be discovered at the gates of Bastia.

Les villages balcons

On the heights of the city, they give to the Bastiais hinterland its true character. The villages of Cardu, Santa Maria di Lota, San Martinu di Lota, Ville di Petrabugnu and Furiani, reflect the Corsican rural world of yesteryear through their traditional habitat, on the hillsides between the sea and the mountains.


By taking the paved alleys which meander formerly inheritance, the visitor discovers parts of Corsican rural life of yesteryear. Behind the facades of ordinary appearance, treasures are well hidden: "paisoli" (small hamlets) are revealed through the chestnut trees and the fragrant maquis, scattered in the forest of Pieve di Lota and in the middle of the cultivated terraces.


Here, authenticity has withstood time. From baroque churches to Romanesque sanctuaries, these picturesque balcony villages with a rich heritage can be discovered by walking along the delineated hiking paths that have built the historical link between plains, towns and mountains. They are the ones who lead nature lovers to the ancient "glaciers" of Cardu (E Nivere) and to the promontories that offer splendid views of Bastia.


Places steeped in history, which plunge visitors into the centuries that have made the richness of this territory and speak of those who inhabit it. Another reason to go and taste this authentic Corsica, in the center of villages.



Le village de Cardo

Perched on a rocky cliff overlooking Bastia’s hills, the village of Cardo represents all of the particularities of a traditional Corsican rural habitat.

Santa Maria di Lota
Santa Maria di Lota

Consisting of several hamlets scattered on the mountainside according to the traditional Corsican rural living style, this commune faces the sea...

San Martino di Lota
San Martino di Lota

In a grandiose landscape embracing sea and forest, the village is spreqd out over a ridge amidst cultivated terraces....


Just south of the city, the village of Furiani, overlooks the Chiurlinu pond...

Ville di Pietrabugno
Ville di Pietrabugno

Built close to the median crest of Cap Corse, this small commune is made up of several hamlets including Guaïtella and Alzeto which make up the old community center.


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