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Enjoy heavenly surroundings at the campsites in Piana



Overlooking the Gulf of Porto at an altitude of 400 metres, the village of Piana, halfway between Calvi and Ajaccio, is part of southern Corsica. Listed as one of France's most beautiful villages, it is also famous for its calanches, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The perfect balance between a privileged geographical setting and a precious cultural heritage makes Piana a particularly attractive place and an ideal destination for curious holidaymakers. The campsites to visit Piana will welcome you for a stay in Southern Corsica in the best conditions.

Holidays in a tent or mobile home at a campsite in Piana

There is only one campsite in Piana itself, but there are several other establishments around the village where you can rent a mobile home or chalet. So, if you're looking for a place to stay at a campsite in Piana with a swimming pool, check out this selection of campsites near Piana :

Camping de la Plage d'Arone *** in Piana is located close to the Calanques de Piana, an ideal choice for nature lovers and relaxation enthusiasts. Renowned for its exceptional location, this campsite is nestled just 200 metres from the Plage d'Arone, accessible via a small path offering a pleasant stroll. It offers 55 pitches and is appreciated for its peace and quiet, especially at the end of the season. The spacious pitches give you plenty of choice when it comes to renting a mobile home or pitching your tent or camper van. There are also sanitary facilities, albeit a little dated, and a small grocery shop for your basic needs. The location of Camping D'Arone provides easy access to the Calanques de Piana and the Scandola reserve. An ideal opportunity to discover these magnificent rock formations overlooking the sea.

Les Oliviers *** campsite is located in Ota, just 11 km from the village of Piana, close to the Calanches de Piana and the Gulf of Porto. With its shady, flower-filled setting, it offers a relaxing environment. Accommodation includes bungalows, chalets, mobile homes for hire and unusual accommodation such as gypsy caravans. All are equipped for your comfort, and some even have outdoor kitchens. As well as accommodation, the campsite offers a wide range of facilities and activities. You can take advantage of the heated swimming pool, gym and direct access to the river for a swim in the heart of nature. For food lovers, there's also a restaurant on site.

Camping Le Mandriale in Cargèse is a haven of peace on the Isle of Beauty, 16 km from Piana. This campsite is acclaimed for its excellence. Called "Camping à la Ferme", it offers a unique experience with a small educational farm that is great fun for children and a Farm Inn serving delicious home-grown produce. It is open from mid-May to the end of October, so you can make the most of Corsica's fine weather. This campsite is described as having a 'soul' by its visitors, thanks to its friendly, family atmosphere. It is also appreciated for its exceptional natural environment, situated halfway between two magnificent beaches near Cargèse in southern Corsica.

Not-to-be-missed sites in Piana on the Isle of Beauty

The Calanches de Piana for an ideal holiday

Heading towards Porto, you're well on your way to the Calanches de Piana (pronounced calanques in Corsican). These unique rock formations, sculpted by erosion, are one of the region's natural wonders. Their reddish colour contrasts magnificently with the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean, creating a breathtaking visual spectacle. As well as these spectacular rock formations, Piana is also home to a diversity of flora and fauna. You can spot a variety of birds, as well as marine mammals such as monk seals and sea lions that come to feed on the coast. Nature lovers will be delighted by the diversity of the landscapes, combining sea and mountains. What's more, Piana is an ideal destination for hikers, with numerous signposted trails to explore the region. Finally, don't miss the magnificent sunsets over the calanques of Piana, an unforgettable spectacle that will bring your days to a perfect close.

The Calanches of Piana
The Calanches of Piana© iStock

A rich cultural and gastronomic heritage

Piana has much more to offer than just its natural beauty: the village also boasts a rich cultural heritage. Among the must-sees is the late Baroque parish church of the Assumption, an architectural treasure dating back to 1792. This historic monument, nestling in the heart of the village, is a testament to local history and spirituality.

 Church of the Assumption in Piana
Church of the Assumption in Piana© iStock

In addition, Piana is home to a variety of restaurants where you can sample Corsican seaside specialities and discover a cuisine rich in Mediterranean flavours. The souvenir shops are also an opportunity to discover local crafts and take a little of Corsica home with you. The gastronomy of Corsica, and of southern Corsica in particular, is a real invitation to travel. During your stay in Piana, discover the delights of the local terroir. Try Corsican charcuterie, known for its unique flavour. Corsican ewe's milk cheese, tasty and authentic, is a must. Dishes based on freshly caught seafood will delight seafood lovers. Finally, Corsican wines are the perfect accompaniment to these specialities.

Small square inside the village of Piana
Small square inside the village of Piana© iStock

Sports activities in Southern Corsica for nature lovers

Piana in Corsica and the surrounding area offer a multitude of hiking trails for all levels. Beginners can choose the Chemin du Château Fort, a round trip lasting around an hour. For the more sporty, the ascent of Capu d'Orto is a challenging hike, but offers spectacular views of the calanques. You can also discover the calanques of Piana on a fat bike, an electric mountain bike perfect for seaside rides. There are special routes for this activity, taking in the most beautiful beaches and the Omigna tower. For a more leisurely exploration, opt for a walk through the famous red rocks to the turquoise waters. However, it should be noted that some of the paths are not signposted and may involve climbing.

Hiking in Piana
Hiking in Piana© iStock

Arone beach, one of the most beautiful in Southern Corsica

During your seaside holiday in Piana, Corsica, you'll have the chance to discover some of the region's most famous beaches. Located around 12 km south-west of the village, Plage d'Arone is renowned for its exceptional beauty. It's also easily accessible from a number of campsites, including Camping de la plage d'Arone. Less well known but just as charming, the beach at Ficajola offers a heavenly setting. Accessible only on foot or by boat, this beach with its turquoise waters is a haven of peace. It's located close to the Calanques de Piana in Corsica, making it a destination of choice for nature-loving campers in search of tranquillity.

Arone beach in Piana
Arone beach in Piana© iStock






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