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Les Calanche Cliffs, Corsica
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Vivid pink and orange rocky masses and pinnacles crumble into the blue sea composing Les Calanche Cliffs. Unusual erosion patterns form the rocks and porphyry needles, some of which soar 300 m (980 ft) above the waves. Strange patterns emerge from the constant water and wind erosion forming different figures and animals, the most famous of which is at the north end called the "Tête de Chien" (Dog's Head). Other creatures, include a Moor's head, a bishop, a bear, and a tortoise.

The ancient Cosquer cave that is part of the cliffs is a grotto that is 37 m (120 ft) underwater was once inhabited during the Paleolithic era, when the sea level was much lower than today. Its walls are covered with paintings and engravings dating back to between 27,000 and 19,000 BCE and depicting many terrestrial animals, such as bison, ibex, and horses, as well as sea mammals like seals. Plan to visit Les Calanche Cliffs and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Galeria attractions using our Galeria tour planner.
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  • We visited the piana Calanches by sea with one of the many boat tours that depart from Porto Ota, and it was well worth it. These rock formations are very unique, varied and fascinating with their typical red color. Go to Corsica without seeing it is really a shame. Only caveat: these tours are on crowded boats almost as much as a bus in rush hour, with screaming children and so on ... better spend a little more and to book a trip on smaller boats and with less capacity (to much of Porto Ota there is a wide choice): do you definitely in peace and you will enjoy better these landscapes.
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  • The views of the red rocks and the sea is phenomenal. Be sure to visit during a stay in Corsica. Very special atmosphere. The road up to it is not so very wide, but there are coves where you can stop for a moment to take photos. Piana and Porto are also highly recommended, as indeed the entire island of Corsica.
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  • The calanche de Piana are south of the village of Piana in the west of Corsica and are one of the most impressive scenic highlights on the island. Extending over several kilometres, the calanche are a...  more »