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Zonza Corsica

Zonza Corsica Guide

Zonza is a charming small mountain town (altitude 800 m), set against the magnificent backdrop of the Aiguilles de Bavella (Bavella Needles).

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.


The 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.


There 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.
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Given its picture-postcard beauty and good facilities, Zonza can become crowded in summer, with an influx of hikers, climbers, horse-riders as well as passing motorists. Arrive early for lunch to get a table in the more popular restaurants. In winter Zonza is used as a base for skiing.

Zonza has a handful of shops, selling fresh fruit, refreshments and local Corsican wares.

Getting There

Zonza 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.


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