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Corsica walking: Mare e Monti North from Calvi - Calenzana

6 to 13 days (May-October last start from Calvi September 28th)

From Calvi to Cargese

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The Mare e Monti North lets you enjoy all the contrasts and colors of the island. It is one of the five classic walks in Corsica that snakes around the foot of the massifs, which leads through some lovely forests and villages.


Setting off from the Balagne you will head inland towards the high summits, enticing views of sweeping bays, rocky creeks and glistening waters are forever present.

This holiday would appeal to anyone used to walking regularly and in good shape. With eleven days of easy to moderate walking you will discover the richness of Corsica and one of the most beautiful corners of the island.

Numerous pleasures are waiting to be discovered, from the high airy mountain peaks of Bonifatu, the trail leads past the reserve of Scandola an area protected by Unesco and classed as a site of world beauty.

In the Gulf of Girolata you stay in the unique little fishing village of Girolata which is accessible only by boat or foot. Good place for and extra night and start of a boat trip!

You can start this walk from Calvi(H13)or from Galeria(H13b Bus from Calvi to Galeria not on Sunday!, Taxi €100).


The following itinerary divides it into 10 daily stages:

From To Highest point Ascent Descent Distance
Calenzana (190 m) Bonifatu (718 m) 581 m 590 m 287 m 11 km
Bonifatu (718 m) Montestremo (276 m) 1,200 m 620 m 1,050 m 15 km
Tuarelli (276 m) Galeria (40 m) 180 m 221 m 271 m 10 km
Galeria (40 m) Girolata (0 m) 874 m 754 m 784 m 12 km
Girolata (0 m) Curzu (318 m) 852 m 675 m 1,135 m 13 km
Curzu (318 m) Serriera (289 m) 360 m 364 m 604 m 8 km
Serriera (289 m) Ota (675 m) 914 m 880 m 570 m 10 km
Ota (675 m) Marignana (1,072 m) 830 m 636 m 260 m 11 km
Evisa (1,072 m) Revinda - E Case (735 m) 1,102 m 610 m 720 m 20 km
Revinda - E Case (735 m) Cargese (95 m) 650 m 380 m 910 m 11 km

The Tra Mare et Monti Nord starts in Calenzana, 12 km South of Calvi (by the D151) and ends in Cargese, at about 50 km North-Western of Ajaccio. The whole trail can be divided in three parts:

We propose this classic walk as  Plus**/*** packages from Calvi to Cargese or from Galeria to Porto or to Cargese (13b packages "Scandola").

For booking a particular package you click on one of the links below.

Mare e Monti North H13-stnd** - Whole trail from Calvi to Cargese  7, 9, 12, 13 days
Mare e Monti North H13b-stnd** - From Galeria, Scandola to Porto and Cargese  6 - 9 days

Mare e Monti North H13-plus - Whole trail from Calvi to Cargese  7, 9, 12, 13 days
Mare e Monti North H13b-plus - From Galeria, Scandola to Porto and Cargese  6 - 9 days
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Planning a tour with La Ligne Verte

Calenzana, the Northern starting point, is located close to Calvi that is reachable by ferry from France or by air to Calvi's Sainte Catherine Aeroport . Going from Bastia, you can get to Calvi either by bus (one connection a day except Sundays, duration 2 hours), or by train (two or three connections a day, duration 2h44). There is a bus route Calvi - Calenzana. and a bus from Calvi to Galeria and Porto.
Another bus line connects Ajaccio with Cargese at the end of the trail.

Walks Mare e Monti Scandola (From Galeria to Porto or to Cargese, 13b)

These shorter packages of about a week all start in Galeria, In the 9- and 10-days packages you will see every day the sea at the Golfe de Galeria, Golfe de Girolata and the Golfe de Porto.

To go to the start in Galeria you will have to go to Calvi first and take a bus or taxi (€100) for the transfer to Galeria. These transfers to the start are not part of our packages. We can help with the taxi if you want.


PROGRAM 13 days walk (Calvi-Galeria-Porto-Cargese and transfer to Ajaccio)

The standard** and the Plus**/*** variants differ a little bit around Galeria and in the last part (Porto to Cargese)

Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary exactly as detailed above, it may be necessary to make changes as a result of factors beyond our control. As a consequence, the itinerary or night stops may be modified and we reserve the right to make changes when/if necessary. Abnormal conditions can prevail in any Moderate holiday; be prepared to be flexible when necessary.

By Air Direct charter flights during the season from Gatwick and Heathrow offered by Air France, British Midland. Contact Holiday Options or Sky Marketing. Scheduled services via Paris. You can also change at Montpellier or Nice for connecting flights.
By Boat A high speed service BGV, overnight ferries and semi-fast ferries offer a regular service to Ajaccio port. SNCM Ferries - 61 Boulevard des dames - 13005 Marseille. Departs from Marseille, Nice or Toulon. Corsica Ferries, Moby Lines, departs from Toulon, Nice and Italie.
By Bus: Find all information at https://www.corsicabus.org/

Corsica selfguided and independent walking holidays

For all details of our walking and hiking trips in Corsica surf on the links below.

Mare à Mare Sud H12 Porto Vecchio - Propiano 6, 7, 8 days
Mare e Monti North H13-plus
Whole trail from Calvi to Cargese Plus**/***
7, 9, 12, 13 days
Mare e Monti North H13b-plus  
From Galeria, Scandola and Golfe de Porto Plus**/***
6, 7, 8, 9, 10 days
Corsica: Mare a Mare North-West H17 7 or 8 days

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