Scandola Nature Reserve

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
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Type Natural
Criteria vii, viii, x
Reference 258
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 1983 (7th Session)

The Scandola Nature Reserve (19.19 km²: 9.19 km² land; 10 km² marine), established in December, 1975, is located on the French island Corsica, within Corsica Regional Park. The park and reserve has been recognized by the United Nations as a Natural World Heritage Site, and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1983.


The Scandola Reserve is situated on the central western coast of Corsica between Punta Muchillina and Punta Nera and includes Cape Girolata and Cape Porto.

Physical features[edit]

The reserve has two sectors, the Elpa Nera inlet and the peninsula of Scandola. The jagged and sheer cliffs contain many grottos and are flanked by numerous stacks and almost inaccessible islets and coves, such as Tuara. The coastline is also noted for its red cliffs, some 900 metres high, sand beaches, and headlands.


Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers.


In 1930, a law was passed prohibiting destruction or modification within Corsica Regional Park. Scandola Nature Reserve is strictly protected in order to return the area to its natural state.



  • Bacar, H. "A survey of Existing and Potential Marine Parks and Reserves of the Mediterranean Region." 1977. IUCN/UNEP.
  • Gryn-Ambroes, P. Preliminary Annotated Lists of Existing and Potential Mediterranean Protected Areas. 1980. UNEP/IUCN.

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Coordinates: 42°21′25″N 8°34′00″E / 42.35694°N 8.56667°E / 42.35694; 8.56667