This an Experience focusing on Gardens, Plants & Flowers (including visiting an Essential Oil Distillation Plant).
Fragrant maquis plants from Corsica, unique to the Mediterranean region, have remained unchanged in their native wilderness for centuries. The maquis, a special wild-scrub area of Corsica, covers approximately 20% of the island. Beginning at the sea and continuing up towards the mountains, it is divided into three distinct stages: Le maquis bas (low), moyen (middle) and haut (high).
Le maquis bas begins at the coast. Intensely exposed to the elements, it offers an incredible variety of low growing, aromatic plants. Each plant has a unique aroma, the blend of these wild scents creating a living potpourri that is Corsica… Once experienced–like the island itself-it is never forgotten. While used in recent years for perfumes, bio cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and medical research, the plants of the maquis are deeply ingrained in Corsica’s folklore as a source of food, medicine and cultural identity.
The alluring fragrance is released from the plant’s leaves, ensuring a long season of scent. While relatively dormant in winter, production of aromatic oils increases with spring’s warming weather. The plants are so fine tuned, their fragrance levels can vary throughout the day, based on surrounding soil and air temperatures. As one encounters these enticing scents floating over the Corsican countryside, breathe deeply to connect with the island’s essence…