Ranked among the most beautiful villages in Corsica, of Roman origin, this charming fishing village is a true jewel of the Cap Corse.
Built around a handful of houses, the village finds its centrepiece in the colourful harbour, thanks to the multicoloured nets of the fishermen, who have been perpetuating the ancestral tradition of lobster fishing for centuries. A lunch break is therefore a must in one of the harbour restaurants to enjoy this delicious local dish.
Authentic, relaxed and romantic at sunset and in the evening, Centuri is a magical place that will remain in your memory.
Centuri is a tiny municipality of less than 300 inhabitants, spread over 8 hamlets. These are therefore small hamlets that can easily be visited in a day.
On one side of the port, you can see an ancient Geno ese tower, one of the many watchtowers that the Genoese built in the second half of the 15th century. In fact, to reassure the population, often raided by barbarians, the rulers had imposed the construction of this network of defensive towers.
After admiring the port and the small number of houses in the centre, take your vehicle up the winding road and then turn left towards Cannelle.
This is a charming old medieval village from which you set off on a hiking trail. At the end of the village is the ancient 11th-century Pisan tower, now privately owned.
The village also has a spring, whose fountain was restored in the 19th century, at the foot of a cliff carved out by erosion.
Accessible from the D80, this emblem of Corsica is a must when you come to visit this region. It was one of the few windmills on the island.
From here you will have a magnificent view of the sea on both sides of Cap Corse and Centuri, a unique panorama to enjoy on a clear sunny day.
Ortinola is a small village of a few houses clustered around the chapel of Saint-Roch: it was sacked and burnt in 1563 by the Turks. Right next to the chapel, you will see the Mattei house, a large blue building, an American house.
These large and beautiful mansions are numerous in Corsica, built by inhabitants of the region who went to seek their fortune in Puerto Rico in the 9th century. Once back in their homeland, they built these beautiful mansions, which can be seen all along the coast of the Cap Corse.
Not far from Mattei’s house is also a magnificent stone residence, similar to a fortified castle. It was General Count Leonetto Cipriani who built a neo-medieval castle at the end of the 19th century, now restored and owned by the Marini family.
Taking your vehicle again in the direction of the port of Centuri, you will quickly pass through another small hamlet, that of Merlacce
Here you will find a magnificent castle. Although the property is accessible, the place is totally abandoned: the building is in very poor condition, with many cracks. But despite appearances, it is an absolutely marvellous place, like a fairytale castle surrounded by greenery and with a splendid view of the coast and the port of Centuri below.
In the 20th century, the Franceschi family, more precisely the Marquis of Sedilo, bought the old square tower of the Preziosi family to transform it into a castle. This type of tower, also known as a strong house, built by notables and lords, was widespread in Capo Corso between the 15th and 16th centuries.
Even the interior is in an obvious state of neglect and abandonment: it is an incredible place, immersed in silence and frozen in time.
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