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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 "TĂȘte 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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  • Amazing 250 million year old lava rocks in a beautiful red color. The teensy tiny road meanders through it, but beware of big busses and trucks! There are also nice hiking paths that start right outsi...  more »
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  • Beautiful area & very interesting rock formations. There are plenty of places on the road to park so that you can get a good view.  more »