Agriate was once considered the breadbasket of Corsica due to the thriving crops and breeding activity. Today, it is the only “desert” in Europe. Except here, instead of sand (with the exception of the sand from the beaches!), you will find an arid maquis with diversified vegetation, huge ridges, valleys and rocky peaks, facing the sea and Cap Corse. Time seems to stand still here.
This land is managed by the French Coastal Protection Agency (Conservatoire du Littoral), and the arid landscape of maquis and granite rocks shaped by the sea air, softens as you approach the shore. With the huge ridges, valleys and rocky peaks, facing the sea and Cap Corse, time really seems to stand still here. The vines, grasslands and olive trees are still worked here today.
It is in fact the farming activity which has shaped the different maquis that you can see before you: the dense bushes of wild olives and mastic, the higher maquis of arbutus, holm oak and heather, and the low maquis of cistus, rosemary, lavender and immortelle.
You will discover the warblers of the maquis: Marmora’s warbler, Dartford warbler and Black-headed warbler. Closer to the sea cliffs, peregrine falcons and ospreys can be seen flying through the sky. In the pagliaghji, bats have chosen to take up residence, along with geckos and tarentes. Look out to the horizon over the sea, and you might even catch a glimpse of dolphins.
In Agriate, we don’t just offer you beaches, we offer you the most fabulous beaches in Corsica and Balagne, with immaculate white sand and turquoise blue waters. Beaches worthy of the Caribbean, just a stone’s throw away from home. The crystal-clear waters invite you to come and discover the exceptional sea bed. Welcome to paradise!