Hiking in Corsica, from the mountain to the sea

6 days of trekking from Calacuccia to Porto in Corsica, from the mountains to the sea, with a local certified mountain guide.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

6 days

Mountain Range

Corsica-Sardinia massif

People per Guide

14 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
     

    Between the Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian seas, the mountains of Corsica boast a huge variety of atmospheres and landscapes. This track I propose offers the advantage of “tasting” this richness. We will go through all stages of vegetation. Indeed, from the high peaks (alpine and minerals) to the sea of the Gulf of Porto (UNESCO heritage site).

    This hike will allow you to discover mountain villages, rivers with water of high purity (bathing almost daily!), altitude lakes, sheepfolds, the GR 20, chestnut trees, old Genoese bridges, Mediterranean maquis… Enough to leave with a multitude of memories and scents.

    I will help you discover these spaces with passion. Of course I will help you in difficult passages for you to reach the wildest parts of the island.

    The following are some highlights of this beautiful hike:
    – Contrast Sea/Mountain
    – Swimming in torrents
    – A State Certified Mountain Guide
    – The discovery of local products for picnics
    – The possibility of lodging in room

    Does this trip sound tempting? Then please contact me! Me or one of my colleagues will be happy to guide you through these beautiful Corsican paths, between mountain and sea. I also offer many other hiking trips in Corsica. For example, Hiking along the Mare e Monti south or  Hiking the southern part of the GR 20.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 8
    660 EUR

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Luggage transfer during the trip
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Muriccioli bridge

      The roads inside Niolu lead us into the Niolu valley. First steps on the mule paths to the Genoese bridge Muriccioli. By ancient mountain crop fields and gardens we arrive “to the village”.
      Duration 3:30hs
      D +/-250m

    • Day 2Ninu lake

      We go up the Colga valley to Ninu Lake, free horse heaven, one of the “pearls” of the Corsican mountain. Picnic on the vast lawns bordering the lake (I pozzi). Returning, from “Bocca a Reta”, the view over the sea and the Gulf of Sagone is stunning.
      Duration 6hs.
      D +850/-600m

    • Day 3Paglia Orba

      We walk on the GR 20, in the heart of the Paglia Orba volcanic massif. Stop at the sheepfolds and cooling under the Radule waterfalls .
      Duration 5hs
      D +/- 500m

    • Day 4Vergio pass - Aïtone

      This hike takes us on the western slopes of the island. We cross the Vergio pass and start our slow descent to the sea in the shade of Laricci pines. We stop at the shores of natural pools of Aïtone, clear bowls of this mountain stream. We reach the lively village of Evisa by the “Chemin du châtaignier”.
      Duration 5:30hs
      D +200/-750m

    • Day 5Gorges of the Spelunca

      By an old cobbled path we descend to the red granite show the Gorges of the Spelunca. Mountain vegetation gradually gives way to the Mediterranean species. Finally we arrive in Ota.
      Duration 4hs
      D +270/-800m

    • Day 6Mare e Monti path - Porto

      We follow a while the Mare e Monti path, then we descend to the sea. Remarkable viewpoint of the Calanche de Piana, the Gulf of Porto and the Scandola Nature Reserve. This trail through the bush leads to the beach of Porto, the final point of our journey on foot. By early afternoon, return to Ajaccio.
      Duration 4hs
      D +200/-530m

     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Occasional

    Meeting point

    On day 1 at 8:30AM in Ajaccio, in front of the SNCF railway station. My team supports your luggage assistance. Therefore, you must introduce yourself.

    Accommodation

    In cottages. These accommodations provide a blanket and pillow. For your comfort, bring a light sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner (enough in summer).

    More info

    Group size: 8 to 14 people

    Transfers by bus, minibus or car. Main transfers are:

    - Day 1: Ajaccio - Valley Niolu (2:45h)

    - Day 6: Porto - Ajaccio (2h)

    LEVEL: Medium (M) - Average duration of 5 hours and steps surrounding elevation means less than 600m. The paths do not present particular difficulties but can be degraded or straight over long portions. One or two days can be beyond the above criteria.

    You are physically fit and practice occasionally hiking (2 to 3 times per month). You do not fear the succession of days of activity or a good climb from time to time.

    Meals:

    - Lunch: in the form of picnic during the trek. The picnics are prepared using quality local products, I pay particular care in choosing our products (mixed salad, cold cuts, cheese from goat or sheep). Food during the hike (Corsican cakes and dried fruit)

    - Dinners and breakfasts: they are taken together at the accommodation site.

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    We are specialists in hiking holidays in Corsica...and it is not by chance. We are a small team who is passionate about the Corsican landscape and who has been hiking in its mountains for years.

    On our tours, you will discover the best spots in Corsica and uncover all its best-kept secrets. You'll be able to avoid the crowds and explore the island's wild and untamed nature. Come join us!

     
     
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