Just south of Porto along a spectacular drive passing under granite archways, lies the pretty village of Piana. A good base for visiting the whole area of Golfe de Porto and the Calanche. One particularly worthwhile destination is the cove of Ficajola, just below Piana – a truly delightful beach.
The small village of Piana, founded in 1725, is poised 400 meters above the Gulf of Porto on the coast of western Corsica and 12 kilometers south-west of Porto. The village is listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France. With its traditional stone houses and a church that dominates the village, Piana has a small historic center of narrow streets to explore. The church in the center of the village is a late 18th century baroque style church, called the church of Sainte Marie or the church of the Assumption. It contains an important 17th century painting (Saint Hugo of Lincoln) and a wooden statue of the Assumption.
From various places in the village there are also lovely views along the coast, but the main village of Piana only takes a short time to explore and is not the reason people come here - visitors come to Piana for the scenery and beaches around the village... Simply breathtaking!
The Calanches (or calanques) are, along with the Scandola Nature Reserve, definitely the most wonderful landscapes of the island. On the road between Porto and Piana, you will discover a series of fantastic rock formations of red granite sculpted into spectacular shapes: chimneys, peaks, men, animals…. Let your imagination fly. The best time to see this wonderful place is at sunset, when the red granite is set ablaze.
Note: There is no pre-set itinerary, your private guide will customize the tour to your wishes with the time allowed.