Afa is located at an altitude of 110 metres and is part of the ancient parish of Mezzana. It was a hamlet of Bocognano, but in 1851 it became an independent municipality of the region of Sarrola-Carcopino. Today this village is made up of several hamlets: Afa, Pastriccialone, Piscia Rossa and the industrial area of Baleone. The main watercourses of the village are the streams of Calancone, of Cavallu Mortu, of Mandriolo and of Stagnolu.
From Afa you can reach the rock of Gozzi (708 m), which is the highest point of the village. This red granite cliff offers an exceptional view over the Gulf of Lava, over the valley of Gravona and over the peaks of Castagna, Capu di Muru and Isulella. This village is criss-crossed by few hiking trails which are part of the Da Paesi à Paesi excursion circuit. This circuit is thought to be accessible to the greatest number of people and to allow families to discover the natural heritage of Corsica.
The sculptor Noël Bonardi (1934-2012) was born in Afa. He sculpted many of the allegories and many of the Virgins of Mercy that enrich the commemorative monuments of various Corsican villages such as Ajaccio, Bastia, Afa, Sartène, Piana, Pietroso, Vivario.... It is in Afa that Bonardi set up his workshops and that he worked for many years: that is why many of his sculptures can be found in this village!
Art lovers can visit the parish church of St Anthony of Padua (17th century) which is in excellent condition and which has recently been renovated. This church contains a restored painting that is classified historical monument. You will not be surprised to learn that the war memorial, which is located in front of the town hall, was sculpted by Noël Bonardi.
Afa is located at 12 km from Ajaccio, at 71 km from Corte and at 81 km from Sartene. This village is crossed by the D161 road.