Shaped by transhumance…
Come up to the high Fango Valley to discover the Filosorma – or Falasorma – in the shade of the highest peaks on the island. Here you will find the village of Manso, under the protection of Paglia Orba and Punta Minuta.
Manso has a rich history and agro-pastoral tradition. The locals of this village are fiercely proud of their history. It was in fact here that the Niolus spent the winter months with their herds. You will be able to walk in the footsteps of these Niolu farmers, who shaped the landscapes of the four hamlets of Manso as they are seen today, through transhumance: Monte Estremu, Barghjana, Mansu and Tuarelli.
Manso… beautiful greenery!
Above Monte Estremu, there is a breathtaking view across the Fango sources and the whole valley, from Santa Maria convent. If you decide to take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, listen to the melody of the river and its musicians… the stones! The Fango river bears the “Site Rivière Sauvage” (Wild River Site) label.
If you are the more sporty type, you could venture up the former transhumance trails and the Tra Mare è Monte trail. The Regional Natural Park of Corsica also opens the doors to the lush green Piriu forest and the entire Fangu valley, declared a world biosphere reserve by UNESCO. It is also full of holm oak trees which are believed to be the oldest in the world.
Take a break…
Maybe you will even decide to extend your holiday in this green haven. Set down your suitcases in one of the gites or bed and breakfasts in the village.
Now, take the time for a gourmet break in Tuarelli or Manso and really live like the locals. Or if you are in a rush, you can grab some of the savoury or sweet delights to takeaway from Veronique’s homemade biscuit store, les Délices du Fangu.
Enjoy your holiday!
Manso in pictures...