Zonza to the coast near Sartène

This morning when we went out to find coffee in Zonza it was cold! After coffee and croissants we checked out of our hotel and drove about 30 minutes to the archaeological site of Cucuruzzu and Capula. The loop trail was about a mile long.

Trailhead

The first people settled here during the the 8th and 7th centuries BC. A village was built at Cucuuzza in the Bronze Age about 2000 BC. This is when the ‘casteddi’ that we saw the ruins of was built.

Cuccuruzzu

At the Capula site the building ruins from the Middle Ages were the seat of power for the Biancolacci Family. But that is only the latest residents. They have found archaeological evidence of people living at the site since prehistoric times.

Capula

After our hike we drove to the coast where our hotel is tonight.

The sunset from our room

I almost never mention the bad travel experiences in this blog. We always look at them as adventures, part of the experience, and certainly not something to dwell on. You might think all our travel are totally painless.

We just got back from dinner. The restaurant, L’Aria Nova, is right next to our hotel they have a beautiful setting. You can see the outdoor tables in the picture below.

The waiter described the specials. One of them was a whole dorado for two. We decided to have that.

Our Dorado

It and the rest of the meal was good, not great. But when the bill came……. The fish alone was €100 ($110)!!! I guess we need to start asking how much before ordering. I feel ripped off. We have had some fantastic meals in France and this, our last meal in France was by far the most expensive. Oh well live and learn. Tomorrow we move on to Italy.

Corte to Zonza – Wednesday 13 October

Wifi and internet has been really good on this trip. Most places the internet has been excellent and everywhere it has been adequate. But when we checked into our hotel in Zonza they told us their internet had been out for three days and the night before that the connection in Corte was intermittent. We are now on the cost near Sartène and I am posting three days of blog posts.

On Wednesday morning we left Corte and drove to the trailhead for Cascade des Anglais.

Cascade des Anglais trailhead

The hike is along a very small part of the GR20, a long distance trail that crosses almost the entire length of Corsica. Our hiking guide book describes the GR20 as “demands physical fitness, absolute surefootedness, an excellent head for height and, above all, plenty of mountain hiking experience”. The Cascade des Anglais part of the trail that we did was fairly easy and quite beautiful.

Along the Cascades des Anglais Trail

After the hike we drove a very windy road south through the center of Corsica. We went over a couple of big passes. You can see the switchbacks in a he picture below.

The road south, D69

We stopped for lunch and a couple of hours later arrived in Zonza about 5:30. 

Lunch

For dinner we ate at an excellent bistro right across the street from our hotel, L’Eternisula. The ambiance was very welcoming. When Duke was ordering the wine the owner said “all of our wine is Corsican and it’s all good! And if you don’t like what you chose just tell us and you can chose something else. That will make us happy because then we will have to drink your wine!” The wine was good and so was the food.

Tapenade, sausage and bread.
Corsican soup
Lemon meringue
Our hotel in Zonza