Porto and Calanches di Piana (Calanques de Piana)
Set between the small resort town of Porto and petite historic 18th century village of Piana, the dramatic red rock formations rising nearly 300 meters high on the western coast are set against the crystalline Golfe de Porto (Gulf of Porto). The massive pink-granite mountains rise and fall dramatically with strange rock shapes plunging into the blue waters. The region is best seen at dusk, when the jagged landscape transforms into a luminescent glow of red as the sun sets. Porto itself is built around a small port that has a boardwalk lined with touristy restaurants and hotels. A short hike from here will bring you to a 16th-century Genoese tower that overlooks the bay. Boat excursions leave daily for the Réserve Naturel de Scandola on the Cape Girolata peninsula that protects indigenous wildlife in its extraordinary waters, inlets, and caves. Designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, both the reserve and rock formation region draw crowds of tourists during summer months.
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