Piana is a town of Corse-du-Sud, located on the west coast of the island, about 68 km north of Ajaccio.
The village and its territory overlook the Gulf of Porto from a plateau 400 m above sea level.
Member of the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, Piana owes its reputation to the calanches (creeks, in Corsican language) of pink granite which form part of its littoral, and which have been inscribed in the patrimony of UNESCO.
With its remarkable beaches, the municipality whose population grew from more than a thousand inhabitants before the Second World War to nearly 500 today, has turned to tourism while preserving its rich natural heritage. If agricultural activity has declined, a dozen shepherds and fishermen still work in Piana.
It is now a step of choice for who wants to visit Corsica.
Before leaving to discover the famous creeks, it is good to visit the heart of the village whose white houses seem to form an amphitheater, and whose picturesque streets and squares are charming.
Rebuilt from the end of the 17th century at the end of a tiring Genoese occupation, Piana has several monuments worth seeing.
This is the case of the parish church of the Assumption, built between 1765 and 1792 in a late Baroque style. It houses two classified works: a 17th century Saint Hugo de Lincoln painting and a polychrome wooden statue of the Assumption. During the restoration of the church in 2004, paintings of the eighteenth century were uncovered.
Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul church, rebuilt in the 17th century on the site of a first edifice of the 11th century and the Saint Lucia chapel, outside the village, built in 1906, The Byzantine style interior was redecorated at the end of the 20th century by Russian artists.
It is time then to go to the site of the calanches, on the road leading to Porto. We shall admire these granite rocks of reddish-orange color, seeming to plunge towards the sea, pierced with cavities formed by the moisture. The whole form a small mountainous chain culminating to almost 700 m.
A creek and several signposted footpaths cross the creeks, which are a must for hiking, astonishing and exotic, marked by unique panoramas. They do not present any particular difficulties, but it is advisable, in summer, to guard against the heat... It is even nice to wait for the sunset for exceptional points of view. All information is available on +33 9 66 92 84 42.
Some of the routes allow access to the rich communal forest, made up of maritime pines, which covers some 950 hectares.
But this singular coastline does not prevent Piana from also proposing to indulge in the pleasures of the sea.
From the village, a road leads to the Navy of Ficajola, the old fishing port of Piana. More recently, the beach of Arone has been developed, whose reputation quickly made it one of the most beautiful of the west coast of the island... It is monitored in July and August.
For nautical activities, such as fishing, diving and sailing, contact +33 9 66 92 84 42.
|Last name||Activity type||Rate||City|
Hiking in the Piana Creeks – Leaving from Ajaccio
|Nature and the great outdoors||55 €||Ajaccio|
Sea trip to Scandola, Girolata and Calanche de Piana
|Nature and the great outdoors||0 € to 65 €||Cargèse|
In April, the festival of brocciu (typical cheese based on goat milk or sheep) brings together amateurs in a friendly atmosphere (tastings, tales, recitals).