Corsica - Mare a Mare North

Corsica - Mare a Mare North

France » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • Dramatic coastline, sandy beaches & high mountains
  • The famous GR20 long distance route
  • The red granite cliffs of Les Calanques de Piana
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From 880 €

Duration (days): 8

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”Island of Beauty” – true to the name given to Corsica by the Greeks, the island combines dramatic coastline and sandy beaches with snow-capped mountains and forests of chestnut and laricio pine. Being the third largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily and Sardinia, Corsica breaks through the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea just southeast of mainland France. There are five classic walks in Corsica that snake around the foot of the massifs. Leading through forests and villages, they offer breath-taking views over the mountain tops and out to sea. As you discover stunning landscapes, you will walk through a series of villages that are a joy to discover.
The “Mare a Mare North” path is a distinct favourite, allowing you to enjoy all the contrasts and colours of the island. The Mare a Mare North, is one of our favourite walking tours in Corsica. Your holiday begins in Corte, at the very heart of the island and ends in the outstandingly beautiful Gulf of Porto. You will cross the region of Niolu with its pretty villages. En route there will be opportunities to bathe in the numerous crystal clear rock pools, as you make your way across mountain rivers. Your trek finishes in Piana, an area on the coast of exceptional beauty. The “Calanques de Piana” has been named a UNESCO world heritage site

Day 1 – Corte
The point of departure for your trip is the city of Corte, in the centre of Corsica. Take your time to discover the citadelle, perched high upon a rocky crag, a defiant spectacle of Corsican patriotism. Visit the Museu di a Corsica, which charts the fascinating and turbulent history of the island, as well as spend time wandering about the many shops, cafes and bars. Your dinner is not included so feel free to choose from one of the many restaurants.
Day 2 - Scala Santa Regina
After a short transfer from Corte, you will be in the heart of the Scala Santa Régina gorge. The cliffs overlooking the Golo river offer splendid views. You will take an old mule path to your next stop by the Calacuccia lake.
(hiking: 12km; approximate walking time: 4h15 - 5 hours; altitude gain/loss: +850m / -500m)
Day 3 - Waterfall and shepherd house of Radule
This is a beautiful day of walking to the Verghio forest. You leave the Mare a Mare North to reach the Radule waterfall and shepherd house. Then using the world famous GR20 path, you walk to your hotel for the night. Numerous bathing possibilities in natural pools.
(hiking: 18km; approximate walking time: 6 – 7 hours; altitude gain / loss: +900m / -554m)
Day 4 – The Aitone natural pools
Passing the Col de Verghio you will walk under the shade of endemic Lariccio pine trees towards the chestnut capital of Corsica, Evisa. You will overlook the Aitone stream and its beautiful natural pools.
(hiking: 11km; approximate walking time: 3h40; altitude gain / loss: +400m / -850m)
Day 5 - From Evisa to Porto through Ota
You will discover the heart of the Spelunca gorge and its famous Genoese bridges. The scenery here cannot fail to blow your mind away with its outstanding natural beauty. Later, the Ota village will welcome you for a rest before walking down to the superb marina of Porto. An excellent day's walk.
(hiking: 14.8km; approximate walking time: 5h35; altitude gain / loss: +650m / -1450m)
Day 6 - Scandola reserve and the Calanches de Piana
During this rest day in Porto you might choose between various activities. For example, you can enjoy the beach, take a boat around the coast or hire a bike. All means are good to explore the sumptuous Calanches de Piana (bright red rocks that plunge dramatically into the sea) and the Scandola natural reserve (we've often seen dolphins there).
Day 7 - From Porto to Piana
During this last walking day, you will walk along the sea before climbing up inland toward the Capu d'Ortu summit. Enjoy the shade of the Palani with fantastic views over the Calanches de Piana. You will then carry on walking towards the delightful sleepy village of Piana.
(hiking: 11km; approximate walking time: 3h50; altitude gain: +869m / -689m)
Day 8 – Piana
Your trip ends after breakfast.

Accommodation and luggage transportation:
2**-3*** hotels with en-suite facilities; Meals: (Day 1: breakfast; Day 2-4: breakfast & dinner; Day 5: breakfast & lunch; Day 6-8: breakfast); Luggage transfers are included wherevr needed.

Group size: Min. 2 persons

Price: 880 Euro/person in twin/dbl room
Single room supplement: not available
Upgrade to 3* hotels (possible for 3 nights only): 85 Euro/person in twin/dbl room

The price includes: accommodation and luggage transfers as mentioned above; map and detailed roadbook in English; 24 hrs phone assistance

The price does not include: other meals and drinks; transfers; extra activities, holiday insurance, travel.

Tips:
The trip is available to start every day from the beginning of May through to the end of September;
Corte is accessible by train and bus from Ajaccio and Bastia, the main airports. Please see the following site for information regarding trains: http://www.corsicabus.org/
From Piana, a bus can be taken directly to Ajaccio: http://www.corsicabus.org/