Cap Corse, a long peninsula some 400 km2 in north-east Corsica, is one of the wildest parts of the Isle of Beauty. Since Ancient times, Macinaggio has played host to the most renowned marina of this province. It is also the starting point for the sentier des douaniers, from whence we can glimpse the Genoese tower Santa Maria Della Chiapella bathing in the crystal waters at the far end of the beautiful beach of Santa Maria. Like most of the Genoese towers to be found along the Corsican coastline, it was built in the 16th century, under the Republic of Genoa, to warn of the arrival of invaders. These days, their silhouettes have become a familiar symbol, emblematic of the Corsican shores.