The Gulf of Porto is part of the Regional Park of Corsica that occupies the Scandola Peninsula. It comprises impressive porphyritic rock mass and is a classic example of outstanding vegetation and scrubland. It is also home to impressive populations of seagulls, cormorants, and sea eagles.

Gulf of Porto: France

The Gulf of Porto is part of the Regional Park of Corsica that occupies the Scandola Peninsula. It comprises impressive porphyritic rock mass and is a classic example of outstanding vegetation and scrubland. It is also home to impressive populations of seagulls, cormorants, and sea eagles.

On the gulf’s shores, you will find a system of hidden coves, long beaches, sea grottos and high cliffs that makes the landscape a photographer’s dream. The surrounding waters are clear and the islets and caves are an ideal habitat for rich marine life.

The Reserve is divided into two distinct parts namely;

  • Elpa Nera Inlet – This area is located between Poine Bianca and Pointe Validori
  • Scandola Peninsula

The reserve comprises the massif of Cinto and the Valley of Fango; part of geological complex that seems to have seen its fair share of volcanic activity in the Permian. It has also seen alternating cycles of erosion and rejuvenation culminating into a landscape that features jagged cliffs, grottos, islets, coves and headlands such as Cape Osani and the Peninsula of Elbo

On the gentler slopes, you will find the Mediterranean marquis vegetation that is replaced by arborescent plants as you reach the altitudes of 200 meters. The region’s rich diversity also consists of all the species of Mediterranean Algae such as red algae that has not been recorded anywhere else in France.

Make sure you get the chance to see the Scandola Nature Reserve with its peregrine falcon, Eleonora falcon, Audouin’s gull, Osprey etc.

The marine ecosystem also consists of considerable variety of species with the most common being the spiny lobster and an array of littoral and sub-littoral invertebrates and fish. The Gulf of Porto also conserves traditional agricultural and grazing activities as well as ancient architectural fortifications and some elements of Corsican culture.

If you are yet to visit the Gulf of Porto, perhaps it is time you added it on top of your bucket list. There are very few places in Europe that have preserved as much marine and terrestrial life as this gulf. Trust me; you will have a lot of fun exploring and snorkeling the surrounding waters.

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