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Mare a Mare Sud 6-day hiking traverse in Corsica

Join Julie, a local mountain leader, on this Mare a Mare Sud 6-day hiking tour in Corsica, traversing the south of the island from coast to coast.

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Offer periodApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate and Group

Highlights

  • Discover the natural beauty of Corsica with a unique hiking traverse

  • Visit small mountainous villages of the Alta Rocca area along the way

  • Enjoy beautiful views over mountains and explore ancient historical sites

Description

Join me on this great Mare a Mare Sud 6-day hiking traverse in Corsica and discover one of the most beautiful trails in the south of the island. The hike will take us through the Alta Rocca region, from Burgo to Porto-Vecchio, from the southwest to the southeast coast.

The island of Corsica is one of the 18 regions of France. It is located in the Mediterranean Sea, south east of the French mainland.

This hiking traverse starts in Burgo, from the Gulf of Valincu and takes us to climb up the Alta Rocca, at the gates of the Cuscionu plateau, above the Ospedale Lake, finishing at the beautiful town of Porto Vecchio. From end of April until November I can take you on this great trip!

During these days, you will have the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of the small mountainous villages of the Alta Rocca, discovering beautiful trails, with ancient forests and unique landscapes.

This trip offers many highlights, like the views of the Gulf of Valincu and Porto Vecchio, over the Bavella needles and Alcudina; the scent of the maquis shrubs; the typical villages of the Alta Rocca area; the views of the Cuscionu plateau; the ascent of the Cuciurpula and the Punta di A Vacca Morta and the visit to the archaeological site of Cuccuruzzu and the mill of Serra di Scopamène.

Every morning, we’ll set out and follow a different hiking trail, spending every night in a different cottage along the way. Bear in mind that every day we’ll walk between 5 to 6 hours, so you  need to have a good fitness level to join this trip. We will be walking on fairly rolling terrain, often rocky, with 1000 to 1800m of daily average altitude difference.

This 6-day village to village hiking tour is a great opportunity to discover the wonders of southern Corsica. So, if you are interested, just send me a request and get ready to enjoy a unique hiking traverse. You can  check the date below and join a group, or you can choose private guiding as well.

Looking for more adventures in Corsica? If you have more time available, then you can check out this 9-day Hiking tour through Alta Rocca and southern Corsica.

Accommodation

Cottage or Bed and Breakfast

Disclaimer

The tour guide reserves the right to modify all or part of the itineraries for security reasons, depending on the weather conditions and the group level.

More info

Necessary equipment: - 1 backpack 20 to 30l + on rain bag for the backpack, jacket, waterproof trousers type, hat, gloves, warm clothing. - Small pharmacy kit + tissue paper - Survival blanket, headlamp, sunscreen. - 1 picnic and cereal bars / dried fruits / sugars + 1 plastic tupperware, 1 knife, 1 spoon, 1 fork, 1 glass or 1 cup + 1 hot water thermos if needed. - your vital card + check or cash. - Swimsuit if you intend to swim in the basins - 2 large trash bags - Trousers for the evening, a long-sleeved T-shirt , 1 pair of socks and underwear - 1 toothbrush + dentifrice - 1 extra bottle

Meeting point

Ajaccio's Port or Airport

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Itinerary

Day 1: Burgo-Sainte Lucie de Tallano

Transfer from your hotel or the port of Ajaccio, or from Propriano, to Burgo. Today we start hiking from the Valincu Gulf, with a climb to the typical village of Fozzano and a passage through the Rizzanese Valley that takes us up to the medieval village of Sainte Lucie de Tallano.

Altitude difference: + 900 / -700 // Hiking time: 6 hours

Day 2: Sainte Lucie du Tallano - Serra Di Scopamene

Today we hike from Sainte Lucie du Tallano to the Serra Di Scopamene. It’s the crossing of the villages of the Alta Rocca. We will see an exceptional mill that served both olive oil and chestnut flour. Alt. difference: + 850 / – 450m. Hiking time: 5 hours.

Day 3: Serra di Scopamene - Jallicu

We will hike today from Serra Di Scopamene to Jallicu. We will climb to a spectacular panoramic summit and see the remains of a medieval castle, with a bonus incursion to the Cuscionu plateau, where horses, pigs and cows graze peacefully. Alt.difference: + 730m / -400m. Hiking time: 6h30.

Chez Pierrot is a very typical and rustic equestrian cottage that offers guest rooms or dormitory. Pierrot is a quite a character! Here is also the highest point of Mare to Mare Sud.

Day 4: Jallicu - Levie

From Jallicu to Levie, the crossing of the villages of Alta Rocca continues with the highlight of the charming village of Quenza and the archaeological and medieval remains of the site of Cucuruzzu Capula. Alt. Diff: +300 / -900m. Hiking time: 5h

Day 5: Levie - Cartalavonu

From Levie, the biggest village of Alta Rocca, we will hike to the small village of San Gavinu di Carbini, and its beautiful campanile, in the footsteps of Giovannali, first stage that will take us to the Punta di Vacca Morta, overlooking Ortolo and Ospedale Lakes, with a breathtaking view of the region and of the Porto Vecchio Gulf. Alt. difference: + 1100 / -700m. Hiking time:  – 6h

Day 6: Cartalavonu - Porto Vecchio

Our hiking traverse takes us today from Cartalavonu to Porto Vecchio, descending from the beautiful forest of Ospédale bythe panoramic village of the same name offering a breathtaking view of Porto Vecchio to which wewill go down: + 300 / -600m; 5h – Transfer to Porto Vecchio port or to Figari airport


About the guide

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I am a mountain leader based in Quenza, Corsica. I am state-certified and offer hiking and snowshoeing tours around this beautiful island. And for your added safety, I'm also a firefighter and lifeguard. I enjoy the feeling of freedom I get when in the mountains and also the humbleness that they require. The mountain is wonderful when shared!


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Prices per person

Group of 4

EUR 1171 each

Group of 5

EUR 1021 each

Group of 6

EUR 903 each

Group of 7

EUR 825 each

Group of 8

EUR 784 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Luggage transfer during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

• The price INCLUDES: half board in a cottage (gite) or bed and breakfast; picnics in nature; supervision and organization of the trip, accompanied by a professional guide; transfer Ajaccio or Propriano to Burgo or Olmeto and Porto Vecchio - Figari; luggage transfer every day//This price DOES NOT INCLUDE: transfer from continent to Corsica: transport to the meeting point and the one from the point of dispersion; drinks and personal expenses; cancellation and repatriation insurance; your hiking equipment. // The price listed above is PER PERSON, for 8 to 12 people in a DORMITORY in a cottage (gite).The price is 850 EUR in double or quadruple rooms (middle season)/ Group of 7 people: 800 EUR in dormitory / 900 EUR in rooms.// Group of 6 people: 875/990 EUR // 5 people: 990 EUR / 1105 EUR //Group of 4 people: 1135 EUR per person in lodging, 1250 EURs per person in bed and breakfast. /// For an arrival and reception the afternoon before in Ajaccio airport at 16h and one night at the lodging of Burgo with dinner and breakfast, the price would be 930 EUR per person (+90 euros). If you wish to make a 2, 3 or 4-day trip of Mare A Mare South traverse, please contact us. For a day of discovery, going to a village direcly or to Serra Di Scopamène the rate ranges from 30 to 80 euros the day (depending on picnic option and and transfer back or return).


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