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Désert des Agriates

Désert des Agriates (France)

Practical information on Désert des Agriates

  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Desert
  • Mountain
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
One hour from Bastia by car
When to go
From April to October
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Désert des Agriates

Marc Sigala Seasoned Traveller
67 written opinions

Lying on the northern part of the island of Corsica, the Désert des Agriates extends over an area of around 58 square miles between the sea and the mountains.

My suggestion:
It takes around two or three days to walk the coastal path around the edge of the Désert des Agriates, and there are campsites and refuges to stay at along the way.
My review

Though it is indeed composed of dunes in places, the Désert des Agriates does not look how we normally imagine a desert to look. In fact the etymology of its name actually makes reference to the fertile character of the area. The desert's vegetation consists of the usual plants and shrubs that populate Mediterranean 'maquis' shrubland together with large numbers of maritime pines left over from former plantations.

The area is nowadays protected and the village of Casta is the desert's only populated settlement. The Désert des Agriates still remains completely wild and untamed today, and this was something I really enjoyed about it. The 22 miles of virgin beaches and the complete absence of tarmaced roads rapidly led me to forget all about civilisation, and it was a wonderful experience to be able to fully immerse myself in this wild region.

The coastal path here (known as the 'sentier des douaniers' in French) is highly recommended. Walking it will give you some opportunity to explore the inland part of the desert, with its sheer abundance of wonderful little areas and sites, completely at your leisure. It is a good idea to combine a tour of the Désert des Agriates with a tour of Cap Corse as it is very easy to get to the one from the other.

Inland view of the Désert des Agriates
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