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Desert des Agriates, Corsica

#6 of 32 in Nature in Corsica
Desert des Agriates presents an arid microclimate on 40 km (87 mi) of sandy desert and unspoiled coastline and is visible from space. Rocky cliffs jut out and up from the sands with small oasis ponds scattered throughout. You will not find a town or homes except along the highway, because the desert is an impenetrable environment. Many Mediterranean plants and trees, include heather, arbutus, cistus, myrtle, mastic trees, olive trees, oaks, and maritime pine that date back to the plantations established in the 20th century. Several agricultural plains, groves, and meadows provide sanctuary to wildlife, while rocky Ghignu shelters provide camping accommodations and shared bathrooms for 4-6 people. Arrange your visit to Desert des Agriates and discover more family-friendly attractions in Corsica using our Corsica trip planner .
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  • Great walk with Natura Corsa through the Agriate Desert. Our driver Doumet was great, a local enthusiast who knows Balagne like his pocket! After an hour and a half of track, we stopped on a beautiful sandy beach. We left with images full of eyes, and full of good addresses. To do without hesitation!
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  • We were there in July 2019, place is wild and very nice, but not suitable for everyone: the beach of Saleccia is accessible only by the sea or via an off-road route. The dirt to reach Saleccia is only accessible by off-road or "decent" suv, as it is FONDAMENTAL an adequate ground height of the vehicle, otherwise you risk damage. With the Toyota Rav4 no problem, indeed, moooolto funny. The beach offers a beautiful sea, warm and clear water from which you would never get out... Too bad for the huge amount of algae (posidonia) that are accumulated on the shore, to enter the water you have to cross a layer up to the knee of rotting algae, and the feeling is not of the most pleasant... Such algae are not removed specifically to preserve the erosion of the white sand beach. It is also important to know that there is no service or equipment. No toilets or showers, so for those who do not want to go back to the sweaty or salty car and having to make at least an hour of return route, I recommend to equip yourself with a shower type solar bag.
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  • The Road that runs along the Desert des Agriates is very impressive. We traveled from Ile Rousse to Saint Florent. Many curves and slopes Are faced. However The scenery is an incredible surprise for the eyes. Absolutely unmissable. There are several Spiazzi where you can stop to admire the view and take pictures. There are a number of makeup vans and inns where you can stop and drink and eat. A few Km from Saint Florent You will meet various transport announcements with 4x4 in the direction of Saleccia. When You glimpse the sea is really very particular
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  • And after almost 2 hours of dirt road (11km) in the middle of the desert of the Agriate we arrived in a natural paradise... The beach of Saleggia... But there are many trekking paths that lead to other magnificent coves 😍
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