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Hiking in Corsica, from the mountain to the sea

Hiking in Corsica, from the mountain to the sea
Hiking in Corsica, from the mountain to the sea
Hiking in Corsica, from the mountain to the sea
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.

Group

Corsica-Sardinia massif

6 Days

May - Oct

Intermediate

Intermediate


Description

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.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer


Itinerary

Day 1: Muriccioli 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 2: Ninu 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 3: Paglia 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 4: Vergio 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 5: Gorges 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 6: Mare 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

 

Details

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.

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.

FAQs

What is the average distance and altitude gain that we will hike each day?

You will hike around 5 hours, with an average of 600m per day.

What experience do I need to have? How fit do I need to be? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

This program is suitable for children who are used to hiking. You need to be fit and practice sports such as hiking/running/biking or other.

How can I get to the trailhead/meeting point?

We welcome you in Ajaccio on Sunday morning and leave you in Ajaccio on Friday, during the afternoon. The best is to arrive directly to Ajaccio the day before departure and spend the night there.

How will accommodation and meals be handled during the trek?

Accommodation is in lodges or small hotels; dinners and breakfasts are taken together at the accommodation, and picnics are given to you at the accommodation the morning of your departure.

What is the best time of the year for this hike?

This hike is possible from May to September.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Corsica
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France Hotel Revellata
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France La Villa
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France
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About the guide

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Hiking

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Mountain 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!

Languages

French | English

Certificates

UIMLA | IVBV | UIAGM | IFMGA

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What people are saying about Hiking

5.00

Le GR20 du Sud a été superbe et je suis revenu avec beaucoup de souvenirs grandioses. Je suis très heureux de mon séjour, de cette première approche du GR20 et de la découverte de la Corse « qui se mérite ». Je remercie Couleur Corse pour leur organisation et leur efficacité qui nous permettent de marcher sur un chemin mythique le GR20.

5.00

Yvan ( notre accompagnateur ) nous a mené jusqu'au bout, encore merci à lui pour son professionnalisme un groupe mixte bien soudé malgré un électron libre Bravo à tous et surtout à toutes ( super nanas , des guerrières ) je reviendrai avec mes enfants dans 3 ans encore merci à vous pour cette magnifique semaine

5.00

Excellente organisation, super choix des lieux de randonnée, et hébergements topissime.

5.00

Merci Couleur Corse pour ce magnifique séjour sur le GR Sud tout était parfait, très bien organisé et un grand merci à notre guide Serge

5.00

Super expérience avec un guide excellent (Serge). Expérience physique doublée d'une très belle expérience humaine.


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