MARE ET MONTI CORSICA
10 days walk
1: Arrival in Galeria
Day 2: Galeria to Girolata
you start by following a beautiful path shaded from the sun. Your path
leads you to a natural pool, and an uphill section alongside the river
bank. You will shortly come across an area of vegetation, after this
you will emerge in to a forest of oaks before reaching the Crête du
Lucciu (697m). From here you will have remarkable views over the gulf
of Girolta, the Genoese tower and the red granite cliffs. You continue
west along the ridge path, to reach the River Cavone and the coast.
This is also a beautiful spot to swim, to cool off after your days walk.
Night and evening meal at gîte in Girolata. Girolata can only be reached
by boat or on foot. So you will have to take whatever you need for one
night. The other luggage will be brought directly to Curzu.
6h00 effective walking, +754m altitude, -784m.
3 : Girolata to Curzu
From Girolata’s beach, you follow
the ridge path that runs alongside the coast, after around 3 hours you
will arrive at the foot of Punta di u Tartavellu, from here continue
around to the West to arrive at Bocca Ascencu (742m). Continuing along
the ridge path in a south-westerly direction you can admire exceptional
views over Scandola’s natural reserve, one of the largest natural
sites in Europe, which displays an explosion of colours and fantastic
landscapes. Once at Capu di Curzu (852m) you rapidly loose altitude
as your path progresses into a series of loops before reaching Curzu.
Night and evening meal at gîte in Curzu.
Standard package: chambre
6h00 effective walking, +675m altitude, -1135m.
Day 4 : Curzu to Serriera
the gîtes, you climb through the village and head in a south-westerly
direction along a path that overlooks the village of Partinellu and
the bay of Porto, the only French natural site to appear on UNESCO’s
world heritage list. You then start down hill towards the River Vetricella,
and after walking alongside the river for around 50 metres, your path
climbs, you will soon arrive at the ‘Chemin de Serriera Pinetu’.
Once passing this you will shortly arrive at the Bocca di u Furcatu,
the last stretch before Serriera.
Night and evening meal at your
hotel/Chambre d'Hôtes in Serriera .
3h30 effective walking, +364m
Day 5 : Serriera to Porto
stage. Leaving Serriera head to the bridge Pont de Serriera over the
Santa Maria stream you head to the beach at Bussaglia. After enjoying
some swim climb up to the Bocca Lenzana before going down to Porto.
A very pleasant touristy but authentic village at the beautiful Golfe
de Porto with subtropical vegetation with woods of Eucalyptus trees.
If you want to you can rent here a car to visit the Calanches of Piana.
Night and evening meal at Hotel in Porto.
Standard package: chambre
6h30 effective walking, +880m altitude, -570m.
Day 6 : Serriera to Ota
The stage starts with a transfer bacj to Serriera. Leaving Serriera
head to the bridge over the Santa Maria stream, to climb up to the Lonca
forestry track and emerging into the forest. You will soon arrive at
the rocky belvedere a beautiful viewpoint over Serriera. Crossing through
the pine and chestnut forest, you can notice a ‘sechoir chataignes’
a small stone structure used by the villagers to stock their chestnuts
while they dried. On the way down into the Vitrone ravine, the granite
rock faces have a lot of distinctive red porphyry.
Night and evening
meal at gîte in Ota.
Standard package: chambre d'Hôtes.
effective walking, +880m altitude, -570m.
: Ota to Evisa
From Ota you walk past the Ceccaldi village restaurant, past braying
donkeys, noisy hunting dogs and colourful gardens, to pick up the path.
Following the direction of the river the path is down hill and in the
shade of the olive trees. You cross over the narrow, high arched Genoise
bridge ‘Ponte Vechju’ and shortly arrive at the entrance of the Spelunca
Gorge, a great rest and swim spot. The first part of the gorge is fairly
flat but once across the second small Genoise bridge it starts to zig
zag up hill, it is well graded but there is a lot of altitude to gain
to arrive in Evisa with bars, bakers and post office in the village
of Evisa (after 7,5 km)
** hotel in Evisa.
After Evisa you are not going to Marignana but you can do a round-walk
by the Mare a Mare Nord (Sentier de Découverte) to the Piscine a Madre
(natural pools in the Aitone stream) and back to Evisa the same way
(14,1 km). Next day however a longer walk from Evisa via Marignana.
Evisa is the pearl of the mountains, a vibrant mountain village, that
has wonderful sunsets over the nearby sea. It is known for it’s chestnut
forests, a lot of the recipes are still chestnut based. A trail will
lead you through the chestnut trees to the Aitone pine forest, here
you will find a natural beauty spot, the emerald green rock pools and
chutes of water that make up the piscines naturels.)
km, 5h00 effective walking, +650m altitude, -260m.
Day 8 : Evisa to Marignana and E Case
You will not have your luggage today. Starting from Evisa you will
reach Marignana after 5 km and 2 hours walking.
After 6,2 km you
reach the Bocca a u Mamucciu at 824m alt. By the Mare a Mare Nord and
the Mare e Monti Nord combined you reach after 22km and 8,5 hrs walking
(if you started from Evisa) the dormitory of E Case.
It is possible to
start with a taxi-transfer from Evisa to Marignana (€25 supplement).
If booked a transfer to Marignana and started from Marignana:6h30 effective
walking, +610m altitude, -720 m
Past the bars, bakers and post office you go through the village of
Evisa and onto the lowest road. Walking away from the centre you soon
come to a track that heads off into the old chestnut tree woods. The
path is easy under foot and was once a well trodden link to the neighbouring
villages. You will find all the typical plants that make up the Corsican
maquis as you make your way towards the Tavulella river. Once across
the river you will shortly arrive at the mystical hamlet of Tassu, a
peaceful little haven of houses, church and abandoned terracing. Now
just a short 20mins walk from Marignana.
You will reach Marignana
after 5 km and 2 hours walking.
After 6,2 km you reach the Bocca
a u Mamucciu at 824m alt. By the Mare a Mare Nord and the Mare e Monti
Nord combined you reach after 22km and 8,5 hrs walking if you started
from Evisa, the dormitory of E Case.
You get your luggage the
next day at Cargese
6h30 effective walking, +610m altitude, -720
Day 9 : E Case to Cargese
leave E Case via a path that will give you some splendid views on the
Golfe de Chiuni.. You then begin to edge your way down hill, passing
the Santa Lucia shepherds cabins and the village of Lozzi, situated
just before your day’s destination Cargese, a beautiful historical
town boasting two churches ‘l’Eglise Latine’ and ‘l’Eglise
Night and evening meal at your hotel in Cargese.
5h00 effective walking, +380m altitude, -910m.
Day 10 : Leave Cargese for Ajaccio by bus
to Ajaccio not included in the package. Buses
not available on Sundays!!)
leave Cargese by bus in the morning (not included), once back in Ajaccio
you have the choice of 2 walks along the ‘Sentier des Crêtes’,
a trail that overlooks the gulf of Ajaccio with magnificent views out
to sea, over the town and the surrounding mountains. There is also the
possibility of visiting the Iles Sanguinaires by boat’.
2h30 to 4h00 effective walking, from +140m altitude to +340m, from 6km
to 11km depending on your chosen option.
Your holiday comes to end
Option of returning to Calvi, by taking the ‘Trinichellu’,
Corsica’s rail service, which runs from north to south via the
centre of the island (Not included : € 25).
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 active holiday; be prepared to be flexible when necessary.
are on good footpaths and trails. You need to be used to walking and take
regular exercise to enjoy this holiday. There is between 5h00 and 6h00 effective
walking each day. The ascents and descents are constant. There will be between
400m and 900m ascension per day. The effective walking time is an indication
of how long it will take you, though walking speed varies enormously. The
estimations do not take into account time for route finding and stops along
You will need to carry a day sack only, with your
water bottle, camera, picnic and gortex jacket.
Our bag-moving service
means you can travel light. There are two night stops that are not accessible
by vehicle and you will need to carry a minimum of personal gear for the
night. This applies to Girolata and somertimes to Revinda which are two
spots of wild, natural beauty.
Your main luggage - will be transported by vehicle
between the different hotels. We ask you to please limit your main luggage
to between 10-15kg to facilitate the transportation and carrying for the
taxis. It is also important to consider that it may be necessary to carry
your bags short distances around at the start or end of your holiday, to
and from the bus station for example.
mix of hotels, chambres d'Hôtes and gîtes
MEALS: Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, bread,
butter and jam) ; Evening meals in the gîte restaurants, often local specialities
consisting of a starter, main course, cheese or desert.
STARTING POINT and END
The starting point is at your hotel in Calvi at
12h00 onwards. It is also possible to start your holiday from Ajaccio, please
discuss with us at the time of your reservation. Consult with us for left
We propose a self guided, independent walking
formula. You choose your departure date (you can start any day of the week)
and we will take care of all the rest. We transport your bags between the
different night stops, provide the maps and good walking route notes. This
is a way of enjoying complete flexibility, you dictate the walking pace
and rhythm of your holiday.
every Sunday from the start of April to the end of October.