THE SENETOSA LIGHTHOUSE REFUGE
Welcomes you for one or two nights in rooms, dormitories or bivouac.
TO A PROTECTED NATURAL SITE ON THE SARTÈNE COAST
Set out on the footpaths from Campomoro to Senetosa and enter a fabulous conservatory of natural Mediterranean landscapes and habitats. Follow in the footsteps of the men who have travelled and worked these lands since the Bronze Age. Enjoy the freedom of a full day’s walk between the sea, the maquis and the fantastically shaped rocks. More than 2300 hectares spread over 20 km of coastline are permanently protected by the Conservatoire du Littoral and are actively managed by Syndicat Elisa.
A site to preserve
A world of granite, green coastal meadows, with an endless expanse of maquis dominated by Phoenician juniper. Footpaths to enjoy the peace and gentle atmosphere of the area, the metallic song of the blue rock thrush, a flight of buntings and larks that swoop down on the myrtles, the heady scent of the immortelles and a parading lizard. A place where you can walk from one Genoese tower to another without coming across roads or buildings.
These spaces are alive and fragile. Please respect the regulations, avoid damaging the landscapes or wildlife, and do not disturb the tranquillity of the site. Do not leave any trace of your visit.
Now a refuge, the Senetosa lighthouse is accessible by the coastal footpaths from the different villages in the surrounding area. It welcomes hikers, horse trekkers or kayakers for one or two nights.
With its star-shaped fortifications built in the 16th century by the Genoese, Campomoro tower is the most massive of the island’s towers. Inside, you will discover the permanent exhibition of the Barbary pirates, which will plunge you into a time of insecurity, raids and privateering in the Mediterranean and the construction of the coastal towers.
The protected natural area of Campomoro-Senetosa is one of the most extensive of the island, almost all of which is part of the Natura 2000 network (on land and at sea). For 25 years, this site has been the subject of an active policy for protection, development and exemplary management provided by the Elisa inter-municipal syndicate, which is a partner of the Community of Corsica with the support of the Office of the Environment of Corsica.
IN THE GARDEN OF THE WIND
Whether for an hour or for a full day, a number footpaths have been developed to enable you to discover the landscapes. You will be able to walk comfortably, in harmony with nature. The paths follow the natural slopes of the land. They will lead you to the heart of a chaotic world of granite, along quiet streams and through the maquis. The sea, the horizon and the cormorants will accompany you. Welcome to the garden of the wind.