It is an excellent base for walks in the surrounding area, or just for stopping at for lunch en route to the Col de Bavella. Some of its buildings date from the 17th century.
RestaurantsThe quaint granite town has no shortage of wonderful restaurants serving mouthwatering local Corsican produce.
The Auberge de Sanglier has a lovely wooden terrace overlooking the town square, with panoramic views across the mountains (www.auberge-sanglier.com). The Restaurant de l'Incudine is renowned for its delicious homemade Corsican dishes and deserts.
ActivitiesThere is a useful Tourist Office, Information Tourisme Alta Rocca (www.alta-rocca.com), in Zonza which provides leaflets on walks in the area. A popular hike is the Zonza-Quenza circuit, a relatively easy forest walk taking four and a half hours, which passes through the pretty village of Quenza with its pleasant cafes
Ventures offering outdoor activities in the vicinity include Corsica Madness (04 95 78 61 76) and Quilici Jean Paul (06 16 41 18 53). Canyoning, park adventure, quad bikes, walking, climbing and Via Ferrata are all available.
Zonza has a handful of shops, selling fresh fruit, refreshments and local Corsican wares.
Getting ThereZonza can be reached from Porto-Vecchio by the D368, north of Ospedale. Free parking is available on the road immediately as you enter Zonza, before the neo-Gothic 19th Century church Santa Maria Assunta. There is limited parking in the town square.
Buses run from Porto-Vecchio to Zonza at 06:45 daily, taking one hour (Balesi Evasion minibuses, on the route to Ajaccio). Check up to date timetables with the Porto-Vecchio tourist office.