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Corsica: Tra Mare e Monti Scandola    (Plus**/*** packages 5 to 9 days)

Walks Mare e Monti "Scandola and Golfe de Porto" From Galeria to Porto or Cargese

Breathtaking views on the Gulfs of Galeria,  Girolata and Porto

Standard** version H13b

The Mare e Monti North: the unforgettable mountains in the sea. One of 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 start this walk from Galeria *** hotel (Bus from Calvi to Galeria not on Sunday! Taxi €100)

You can start this walk in Calvi if you want to do all of the Mare e Monti Nord.
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5 - 9 days (May to 15th october)

If you travel by Calvi to the start of the Mare et Monti Scandola in Galeria, you can book with us an extra night in Calvi if necessary.

To go to the start in Galeria you will have to go to Calvi first and take a bus (not on Sunday) 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.

Mare et Monti Scandola
Start in Galeria
Plus**/*** H13b
5 days
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Last possible start from Galeria Oct  11th Oct  11th Oct  10th Oct  9th Oct  8th Oct  8th
Calvi (hotel BnB)
option for an extra night
d0 d0 d0 d0 d0 d0
Galeria Hotel l'Alivu
(roundwalk Vallée du Fango
if you arrive early)
d1 d1 d1 d1 d1 d1
Girolata (bungalow park) d2 d2 d2 d2 d2 d2
Curzu d3 d3 d3 d3 d3 d3
Serriera l'Alivi   d4 d4 d4 d4 d4
Porto Hotel le Golfe d4 d5 d5      
Ota Chez Joelle     d6 d5 d5 d5
Evisa Hotel Aitone       d6 d6 d6
Porto Hotel le Golfe       d7   d7
Revinda E Case (night in Cargese)         d7 d8
Cargese Hotel Bel Mare         d8 d9
End of package after breakfast. d5 d6 d7 d8 d9 d10
Not included: Bus (not on Sunday) from Porto back to Galeria or ahead to Ajaccio, extra nights in Calvi or Ajaccio.  After arriving in the morning by bus in Ajaccio, you can go by train to Calvi, but we recommend strongly you enjoy an extra day in Ajaccio!

H13b Galeria Plus packages.
Basic rate : in € p.p. double room sharing. Bags transfer, maps and GPX-files included.
2024 BnB Dinners Lunches Basic rate Suppl. HS Suppl.
Single room
H13b-plus 5 days 4 3 0 685 30 299
H13b-plus 6 days 5 5 0 854 31 350
H13b-plus 7 days 6 6 0 1015 40 416
H13b-plus 8 days 7 6 0 1142 51 478
H13b-plus 9 days 8 8 0 1468 42 577
H13b-plus 10 days 9 9 0 1608 48 641
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Extra nights BnB Dinner Lunch Basic Rate Suppl. HS Suppl.
Single room
Galeria l'Alivu*** Yes Yes No 86 7 51
Girolata E Casarella
Yes Yes No 91 12 64
Curzu Gite d'étappe Yes Yes No 73 1 43
Serriera l'Alivi Yes Yes No 82 6 46
Ota Chez Marlar Yes Yes No 74 1 49
Evisa Hotel ** Aitone Yes Yes No 87 14 47
Porto Ota
Le Golfe Porto ***
Yes No No 52 12 49
  • Lunches take away not included (To order from the hotelkeeper at arrival for the next morning).

  • All bags transfers (2 pieces per person and a maximum of 10 pieces of each max 15kg) included in the basic rates. For more than 10 bags and bags more than 15 kg you'll have to negotiate by yourself with the taxi drivers and transporters on the spot.

  • All transfers of personen up to 4 personen are included in the basic rates. For transfers of personen of pax of 5 and more personen a supplement may be added.

  • Price hotel ***BnBin Ajaccio: €80 per person in hotel double room sharing p.p..

Extra nights in Ajaccio or Calvi, at the start or at the end of the walk in Hotel BnB. Price €80 to €100 per person in hotel double room p.p.

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H13b plus packages 5 - 8 days

Parties van 3 personen :    6 % p.p.
Parties van 4 personen :    8 % p.p.
Parties van 5 personen :    9 % p.p.
Parties van 6 personen :    9 % p.p.
Parties van 7 personen :  10 % p.p.
Parties van 8 personen :  10 % p.p.
H13b plus packages 9 - 10 days

Parties van 3 personen :   7 % p.p.
Parties van 4 personen :   9 % p.p.
Parties van 5 personen : 11 % p.p.
Parties van 6 personen : 11 % p.p.
Parties van 7 personen : 11 % p.p.
Parties van 8 personen : 12 % p.p.

The following itinerary divides it into 7 daily stages:

Van Naar Hoogste punt Stijgen (cum.)
>2m  / >1m / all
Dalen (cum.)
>2m  / >1m / all
Tijd Afstand
Galeria (10 m) Girolata (1 m) 768 m +0988 / 1042 / 1079m -0987 / 1041 / 1078 m 6h20 14 km
Girolata (1 m) Curzu (231 m) 811 m +1102 / 1182 / 1215m -0872 / 0952 / 0985m   6h20 12 km
Curzu (231 m) Serriera (289 m) 360 m +0493 / 0547 / 0587m -0665 / 0719 / 0759m   4h 8 km
Serriera (289 m) Ota (632 m) 914 m +1047 / 1095 / 1131m -1288 / 1336 / 1372m 6h30 10 km
Ota (632 m)
Ota (632 m)
Evisa (857 m)
Evisa (857 m)Plus
830 m
+0927 / 0975 / 1008m
+1244 / 1336 / 1388m
-0395 / 0443 / 0476m
-0713 / 0805 / 0857m
7 km
11 km
Evisa(857 m) +
Transfer Marignana
Revinda (735 m) 1102 m +1128 / 1202 / 1258m
-1236 / 1310 / 1367m   6h30 20 km
Revinda (735 m) Cargese (95 m) 650 m +0557 / 0512 / 0444m -1052 / 1007 / 0939m 6h 11 km

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Mare à Mare South H12
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Mare e Monti Nord Calvi-Porto-Cargese H13
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Mare a mare Nord Corte-Porto H17
7-8 days

Day 1: Arrival in Galeria (Last possibility: October 5th)
Day 2: Galeria to Girolata
Today 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 transferred directly to Curzu.
Standard package: dormitory.
6h00 effective walking, +754m altitude, -784m.
Day 3 : Girolata to CurzuFrom 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 colors 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 d'Hôtes.
6h00 effective walking, +675m altitude, -1135m.
Day 4 : Curzu to Serriera
From 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 altitude, -604m.
Day 5 : Serriera to Porto
Light 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 d'Hôtes.
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.
6h30 effective walking, +880m altitude, -570m.
Day 7 : 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.)
12,5 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 Refuge of E Case. The Refuge is closed. You 'll get a transfer to Cargese.
6h30 effective walking, +610m altitude, -720 m
Day 9 : E Case to Cargese. You get a transfer to E Case to start the last stage.
You 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 Grecque’.
Night and evening meal at your hotel in Cargese.
5h00 effective walking, +380m altitude, -910m.
Day 10 : Leave Cargese for Ajaccio by bus
Transfer to Ajaccio not included in the package. (Buses not available on Sundays!!)
You 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’.
From 2h30 to 4h00 effective walking, from +140m altitude to +340m, from 6km to 11km depending on your chosen option.
Your holiday comes to end in Ajaccio.
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 Moderate holiday; be prepared to be flexible when necessary.
You walk on walking trails with good footpaths and tracks. 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 the way.
you will have 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 have 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.
LODGING: A 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.
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 luggage facilities.
ORGANIZATION 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.
DATES Departures every Sunday from the start of April to the end of October.

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