A client asked us for a week’s archaeological tour of Sardinia—followed by three days in Corsica. ferry to corsica Going round some of our old favourites in Sardinia was a blast, but this was a first visit to Corsica for us and allowed us some fascinating comparisons between the two islands.
The sites in Corsica were all in the southern half of the island, and mostly menhir sites: three places around Cauria, and Corsica’s most famous prehistoric site, Filitosa. stantari menhirsThe sites at Cauria—menhirs at Stantari and Renaggiu, and an impressive dolmen at Fontanaccia, all within easy walking distance of each other—were well-signed and easy enough to find, but the Palaggiu alignment, stranded in a sea of maquis, was quite a challenge, forcing us to double back over the same stretch of road numerous times, knocking on doors and flagging down cars. Eventually we tracked it down, completely unsigned as it’s on private land. Apparently it’s the largest menhir concentration in Corsica, consisting of 258 of the megalithic stones, many lying on the ground and all seemingly utterly abandoned.
Reaching Filitosa after this was a doddle, and a delight. A shady area menhirs in corsicaencompassing grassy meadows and thousand-year-old olive trees, it has beautifully restored menhirs, some with clearly defined facial features, some with daggers and swords incised on the stone.
On the whole, however, I find the menhirs in the Laconi area of Sardinia more impressive – OK, I’m biased.
Nonetheless, it was a great expedition, well worth doing, and Corsica is almost as lovely as Sardinia. Only one question: where are all the sheep?