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FRANCE’S OUTDOOR PLAYGROUND #1

Discovering the mountainous Mediterranean island of Corsica and the charming seaside gem of Pornic

Continuing my adventure to seek for exotic places and exploring France as part of the program by Atout France, I had the opportunity to visit the island of Corsica, and the seaside resort Pornic.

Located in the Mediterranean Sea off the western coast of Italy and the Southeastern coast of France, the island of Corsica offers a rich culture and diverse history, as well as cuisine that largely influenced by both the indigenous wildlife of the island but also the cultures of Italy and French.

Corsica is one big mountain out of the sea, having several peaks more than 2,000 meters high. The island is covered by maquis, which is a pungent combo of lavender myrtle and heather, as well as pine and chestnut forests. Corsica resembles a miniature continent, with astounding geographical diversity. The landscape ranges from glittering bays, vibrant coastal cities and fabulous beaches to sawtooth mountain ridges, verdant valleys, dense forests, and time-forgotten hilltop villages. Holidays in Corsica offer tremendously varying opportunities: from hiking and canyoning to snorkeling and sunbathing, enjoying a leisurely boat trip, delving into the island’s multifaceted history and sampling local delicacies.

A seaside resort that is very popular with tourists, Pornic offers a pleasant combination of fishing and sailing harbors, creeks and sandy beaches, particularly Noëveillard and La Source, plus a picture-postcard castle and a medieval old town.

Pornic lies in the heart of the Retz region, facing the island of Noirmoutier. Only 50 km from Nantes, Pornic is located on the beautiful jade coast and is a very popular tourist destination, particularly in August. The southernmost traditional port of Brittany, Pornic will delight those in search of authenticity. Thanks to the fishing port, marina, casino, Thalassotherapy Centre and Golf Club, Pornic displays the assets of its prestigious past. Opening out onto the vast Baie de Bourgneuf, Pornic is also an ideal site for sailing and regattas. The castle overlooking the medieval city and it’s siding streets, stairs, covered market places and chapels, is the quintessential image of this resort which is listed as a historical place.

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