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Walking in Corsica

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  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 3
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily 15th April to 6th October (not Fridays or Saturdays).
  • Location: Ajaccio
Tour Details

This fabulous walking holiday in Corsica is available for departure on any day of the week giving great flexibility to fit any schedule.  This self-guided holiday hiking Corsica gets you close to the nature that this stunning destination provides in spades. Corsica is a French Island and offers an impressive diversity of landscapes, cultures and history. We invite you to discover this ‘secret’ little-explored island.

Our hiking tour starts right in the Alta Rocca National Park, known for its villages lost in the middle of the mountains. Your walking holiday in Corsica will take you to the Mediterranean Sea using well-marked trails. With the emphasis on Corsican gastronomy and the deep culture and traditions, this Corsica walking holiday will leave you breathless…for the right reasons.

Starting Location

Ajaccio

Price Includes

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast and 5 dinners
  • Information Pack
  • Maps and walking instructions
  • Luggage transfer on walking days – guests carry own luggage on day 2 to Zonza

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • High Season Supplement
  • Transfers- bus Ajaccio to Zonza, bus from Porto Pollo to Ajaccio
  • Entrance to attractions
  • Travel Insurance
Trip Info

Difficulty

We have graded this tour as a level 3 hiking holiday. You will walk 4 to 6 hiking hours per day on good and well-marked trails with elevations detailed above.

Accommodation

Nice family hotels or guesthouses.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Ajaccio

Depending on your arrival time, you reach your hotel in the centre of Ajaccio. Here you can leave your luggage and visit the town. There are various possibilities and activities available. The Fesch Museum is famous for its paintings, the birthplace of Napoleon is open to visits. You can have a rest on the Tino Rossi’s fishing port or even have a swim close to the citadel. You are free to take dinner anywhere as possibilities are very numerous.

Day 2Ajaccio to Zonza

If you did not have time to visit Ajaccio yesterday, it is possible to do so today. Your transfer by bus will be in the middle of the afternoon. An optional walk is possible on the “sentier des crêtes” close to Ajaccio but we suggest you enjoy a boat tour to the Sanguinaire Island. Then your transfer to Zonza which will take approximately 2 hours 40 minutes through wonderful landscapes. It is a charming village in the heart of the Alta Rocca National park. You will be able to admire the whole valley from the centre of the village.

Day 3From Zonza to Aullène

Today you will start hiking in Corsica by following the path northwest, eventually changing to the west taking you across the river Saint Antoine. You arrive soon at the village of Quenza, after having crossed the Criviscia river. The chapel of the village is more than 1000 years old and is classified as a historic building. After a refreshing dip in the Codi, you pass a footbridge and then you enter the forest. Now you penetrate the Corsican scrub and the way leads you straight to the sheepfolds of Lavu Donacu before leading you to Aullène, your stop for the night.
Walking time approximately 4 hours, terrain up 636m, down 580m.

Day 4From Aullène to Santa Lucia di Tallano

Today you leave via a wood of chestnut trees and arrive soon at Sierra di Scopamena. You will notice on the way the old mill restored by the Natural reserve of Corsica. After several brooks, paths in forests and in the middle of strawberry trees, you will finally go down towards Santa Lucia di Tallano, a pretty mountain village built of granite houses. Santa Lucia di Tallano is famous for its convent, its tower dating from the 15th century, the extremely rare rock which is the “corsite” (diorite), as well as its museum of the olive oil.
Walking time approximately 6 hours, Terrain up 824m, down 1212m.

Day 5From Santa Lucia di Tallano to Burgo

After the Romanesque chapel from the 12th century named Saint Jean Baptist, you take the path which goes down through oaks trees to the bridge of Piombatu which spans Rizzanese. Then you will cross Loreto di Tallano and the ruins of Altanaria. After a wonderful panoramic view of  Bavella and the villages of the Alta Rocca, you will cross two ravines and then arrive in Fozzano. You will see its famous tower from the 15th century before visiting the famous tomb of Colombia, the heroin of the novel of Mérimée written in 1840. Do not miss the sunset on the sea from the terrace of your lodging, it is unforgettable!

Walking time approximately 6.5 hours, Terrain up 876m, down 1135m.

Day 6 From Burgo to Olmeto

Your path leaves from the middle of the forest to the hamlet of Maratu. You soon arrive in the middle of the Corsican scrub and climb in direction of the woods to the Pass of Vint’ Unu. Forests of oaks and many brooks follow one another sometimes leaving room for large rock blocks. You arrive then at the village of Olmeto which offers fantastic views of the area.
Walking time approximately 6 hours, terrain up 780m, down 607m.

Day 7From Olmeto to Porto Pollo

Today you set out again towards the sea. Your route will offer you some fantastic views of the Gulf of Valinco. You will cross oak forests, walk between pretty low stone walls, will pass under the olive-trees and finally, after the bridge which spans Taravu, you will approach your stop for the night, Porto Pollo. The great beach of Porto Pollo is all yours. This pretty seaside resort offers many activities related to the sea and nature (horseback riding, boating, water skiing, jet-ski, quad etc). If you wish to benefit longer at this stop, do not hesitate to let us know and take a few extra nights!
Walking time approximately 5 hours, terrain up 350m, down 680m.

Day 8From Porto Pollo to Ajaccio

Today you can transfer by bus early morning back to Ajaccio (no buses on Sundays). Why not spend a few extra days extra in Porto-Pollo. This is a beautiful sea resort offering many activities, with a beautiful white sand beach.

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How to get there

By plane to Ajaccio (or Bastia) airport. Private transfers are available from Bastia to Ajaccio.

From Bastia to Ajaccio you can take a slow but very scenic local train (between 4 and 5 hours) which will cost around 35 Euros per person.

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