Welcome to Vallée de la Restonica
Crashing down from the grey-green mountains southwest of Corte, the Restonica River has carved a gorgeous pine-forested valley that extends right to the edge of town. To see the full majesty of the Vallée de la Restonica, follow the tortuous D623 for 15km to the Bergeries de Grotelle (1375m), where it dead-ends at a car park (€6), and a huddle of shepherds' huts that sell drinks, cheeses and snacks. So narrow that it’s effectively single file for much of the way, and fringed by steep drop-offs, it’s no road for the faint-hearted, and gets so crowded in summer that marshals struggle to keep traffic flowing at all. At quieter times, though, the valley is idyllic, with river-scoured basins in the rock making perfect settings for bathing and sunbathing.