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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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  • August 18, 2017
    The Calanches and Piana untrennlich belong together. Already Guy de Maupassant described this rock production, as I so stately nor anywhere else saw it, in shades of highest admiration. Now, I notice that it is actually quite difficult to describe this place. So just go and enjoy yourself.
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  • August 13, 2017
    In the time since the land, with a market of some tens of minutes; and by sea, the Sun, taking advantage of the explanations of the sailors that are discover places inaccessible and even invisible from Earth
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  • August 12, 2017
    Fabulous site at any time. The colors change depending on the position of the Sun. Bed unforgettable to sunny d drive with stops, by boat. Small or long walks to do. Accessible for all, they better discover the site. A staple of Corsica when it enters the Gulf of Porto.
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