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Sensory experience

In the heart of the maquis

Welcome to an immersive adventure in the heart of the Porto-Vecchio scrubland. Close your eyes for a moment and let the intoxicating scent of Mediterranean plants gently caress your nostrils. Imagine yourself wandering along the winding paths, at any time of year, enveloped in the magic of Corsican nature.

Enchanting scents and breathtaking panoramas

Let me tell you a story in the heart of the enchanted paths of Porto-Vecchio. Whatever the time of year, an invitation to adventure awaits you on Conservatoire du Littoral paths, heritage or mountain hiking trails.

Imagine yourself walking freely, in harmony with the natural world around you. The trails stretch out before you like silver threads lost in the sunlight lush greenery. Every step of the way, you'll be enchanted by the natural beauty of the region, a visual symphony unfolding before your astonished eyes.

Along the way, you'll come across awareness panels and interpretation centres to guide you. They reveal the hidden treasures of the landscape that surrounds you, revealing the history of this generous land. Stop in front of each panel and let yourself be inspired by the richness of the local heritage.

Discover the secrets of the maquis and gather fragrant memories

One spring morning, you start your walk on the the Punta di a Vacca Morta footpath. The sun's rays filter through the foliage of the trees, creating a dance of light and shadow on the path. Your guidePetru, reveals the secrets of the maquis, pointing out the plants along the way. You listen intently, captivated by each story behind the mastic and myrtle, Cistus and Immortelle.

On the way, you'll stop to smell the Nepita delicately This wild mint has a fresh, invigorating fragrance.

At the bend in the path, you discover a small clearing bathed in light. The sound of birdsong lulls you to sleep as you take a bite out of an Arba Barona leaf, this mountain thyme has a powerful aroma. You'll let yourself go, admiring the view over the Ospedale dam and the view over the maquis.

A spellbinding journey into the art of distillation

Your exploration finally leads you to a small workshop nestling in the heart of nature. You push open the door to at Simples et Divines , you'll be greeted by the warm smile of Isabelle, a producer of essential oils. She invites you to a guided tour (by appointment), revealing the secrets of distillation. You can watch each stage carefully, from the meticulous selection of plants to the extraction of the precious essences. The enchanting fragrance wafting from the stills fills the air, awakening all your senses. She shares with you her knowledge of the therapeutic properties of essential oils, in particular that of Corsican immortelle. You'll learn more about its benefits for health and well-being, as well as its applications in everyday life. You'll be fascinated by the power of nature and how these plants can nourish both body and mind.

A sensory immersion in the heart of the maquis, with its bewitching scents and unforgettable panoramas

Your "maquis" experience at Porto-Vecchio is a true sensory adventure, where the enchanting scents of the maquis mingle with breathtaking panoramas. You'll leave enriched not only by olfactory memories, but also by a deeper understanding of nature and its therapeutic potential. You'll take with you a part of the soul of Porto-Vecchio a precious link with this generous land.

Whether you are a hiking enthusiast, a botany enthusiast or simply in search of an immersive experience, the maquis of Porto-Vecchio invites you to lose yourself in its paths, soak up its bewitching fragrances and connect with an unspoilt nature. Let yourself be guided by the stories told by the plants, and open your senses to the very essence of this exceptional region. Porto-Vecchio awaits you, ready to offer you an unforgettable experience in the heart of its enchanting maquis.

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