The itinerary offers a striking contrast between Corte, nestling in the heart of the island's high peaks, and the lively village of Piana, perched high above the sea. This trip includes some of the best walks in Corsica, such as the Tavignano gorges, Lake Melo, the Scala di Santa Regina and the Radule sheepfolds. You'll also discover Lac de Nino on the GR20, and the Aitone forest at Evisa. At the end of the route, you'll descend into the Spelunca gorges before reaching the Calanches de Piana and Capo Rossu on the west coast.

Highlights

  • The best Corsican walks !
  • Luggage access
  • Point to point  - 5 days walking
  • Choice of ** or *** Hotels
  • Start in Corte and end in Piana
Duration
7 days / 6 nights
Type of holidays
Hiking-Walking
Accesses
Ajaccio
Bastia
Calvi / Ile Rousse
Level
3 - Challenging
Carrying
Without bags

Itinerary

Day 1

Corte et les gorges du Tavignano

Your stay begins in Corte, the island's historic capital, famous for its rocky citadel overlooking the town. After dropping off your luggage at the hotel, take a stroll through the old town to discover the sights of this place steeped in history. For those arriving in the morning or the day before, a hike along the Tavignano is available. The route follows an old mule track, once used by the shepherds of the remote Niolu region. The route rises above a rushing torrent, offering numerous rock pools ideal for cooling off in summer.

Distance
12 km
Duration
4h30
Ascent / descent
+340m / -310m
Night
Night in Corte
Day 2

Restonica Gorge & Lacs de Melo & Capitello

From your hotel, a transfer will take you to the starting point of the hike through the majestic Restonica gorges. The path leads from the Bergeries de Grotelle to Lake Melo, crossing a rocky landscape to a large plateau surrounded by spongy grass. For the more adventurous, a steeper path leads to Lake Capitello, the island's deepest mountain lake, characterised by slabs of granite plunging into its clear waters. Return to Corte after the hike.

Distance
6 km
Duration
4h30
Ascent / descent
+600m / -600m
Night
Night in Corte
Day 3

Lac de Nino

After a transfer to the heart of the island, you will take a section of the GR20 to reach the superb Lac de Nino, at an altitude of 1743 metres. The climb, though difficult, offers sweeping views of the high massifs of this part of the island. The path then leads to this bucolic, sheltered lake, surrounded by green pastures of spongy peat, known in Corsican as "pozzi". The return journey takes you along a ridge offering panoramic views of the sea, to the Col de Vergio, where you will stay at the foot of Paglia Orba.

Distance
17 km
Duration
7h00
Ascent / descent
+875m / -875m
Night
Night at Col de Vergio
Day 4

The Bergeries de Radule and the Golu Valley

This magnificent alpine hike in the upper Golo valley begins at the Radule sheepfolds. Following a section of the GR20, you'll enjoy superb views of the mountains, with opportunities for a swim. The path then climbs into the glacial valley of the Golo, taking you to the Ciotullu di i Mori refuge (1999 m), the highest in Corsica. The return journey takes you through the Valdu Niellu forest, where your hotel is located.

Distance
16 km
Duration
6h00
Ascent / descent
+590 m / -590 m
Night
Night at Col de Vergio
Day 5

From Col de Vergio to Ota

From the Col de Vergio, the descent begins through the pines of the Aïtone forest, skirting the river and its boulders. The path crosses the Pont de Casterica and its rocky waterfalls, before arriving in a chestnut forest populated by free-roaming pigs. As you approach the village of Evisa, you pass by the famous natural pools of Aïtone. The route then veers off into the Spelunca gorge, with its Genoese bridges leading to the village of Ota. A transfer will take you to your accommodation in Piana.

Distance
18 km
Duration
7h00
Ascent / descent
+400 m / -1580 m
Night
Night in Piana
Day 6

The Calanques of Piana and the summit of Capu d'Ortu

Your stay ends with the impressive ascent of Capu d'Ortu, 1294 metres high. The route passes through lush maquis in the heart of the UNESCO-listed Calanques de Piana, a place of immense natural beauty. You'll discover incredible red granite needles, sculpted rock formations and maritime pines. The hike takes you along the Piazza Moninca stream to Bocca Piazza (956 m). At the top of Capu d'Ortu, you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the gulf and the island's great peaks - an unforgettable spectacle.

Distance
12 km
Distance
6h00
Ascent / descent
+800 m / -800 m
Night
Night in Piana
Day 7

Piana

End of your holiday after breakfast. Extra nights and transfers by bus or taxi to Ajaccio are available.

Programs have been drawn up according to the latest information available at the time of writing: imponderables are always possible and situations beyond our control may alter the course of the program.

Dates and prices

Departure on request every day from April to mid October. 2 persons minimum.

Please select your departure date from the calendar below to find out the rate and begin your booking.

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Price includes

Accommodation on half board (days 3, 4, 5, 6) B&B (days 1, 2), local internal transfers, luggage transfers, travel dossier with A4 copies of IGN maps, walking notes and access to our guidance application.

Price does not include

Reservation fee of 5€ / person, travel insurance, drinks, picnics, site visits and transfers to your hotel in Corte and from Piana, travel to Corsica.

Supplements/Discounts

Insurance

We offer comprehensive multi-risk insurance specifically adapted to our adventure trips (contract no. 7482 Assurinco). The rates are as follows: 4.00% of the price of the trip for French residents, 6% of the price of the trip for residents from the European Union (EU) outside France. For non-EU residents, the rate is €90 per person.

Group discount

Groups of 3 people or more can benefit from a discount. Please contact us for details.

Technical informations

Starts

At your first hotel in Corte.

Ends

At your hotel in Piana after breakfast.

Access

Ajaccio Airport or Port. If you arrive into Calvi or Bastia, please ask for details. Trains and taxis available to Corte.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in double/ twin rooms: 2 nights in ** Hotels (Col de vergio) and 4 nights in *** Hotels (Corte and Piana).
  • Single room supplement to be requested when booking.

Meals

  • Continental or buffet breakfast depending on the accommodation
  • Evening meals are often based on local specialities and include a starter, main course and dessert. Dinner in Corte is not included. 

Guiding

Self-Guided Walking. We provide you with a Travel Dossier complete with A4 copies of the IGN maps and a walking guide created by our team. During your hike our 24-hour assistance service will also be able to answer all your questions and, if necessary, assist you with the smooth running of your stay.

Number of participants

Reservations for minimum of 2 participants.

Level

Challenging - trail with some technical difficulties.

Luggage transfers

During this walk you will carry only a small day sack with a water bottle, camera, picnic, trailfood, sun and wet weather gear. Luggage is transported by vehicle, point to point.

The digital roadbook

Once you have confirmed your holiday, you can download our application. It's easy to use and it offers a number of functionalities:

  • Precise route guidance with alerts in the event of deviations.
  • View your starting point, accommodation, current position, mileage.
  • Discover points of interest via interactive content with descriptions, photos and audio. 
  • In an emergency, send an SOS alert with your GPS coordinates. 
  • Contact function to share messages, photos and videos with our team during your stay.

Extensions

Take advantage of a stay extension during your tour with Corsica Aventure.

If you'd like to discover Corsica before or after your holiday, our team can offer you ideas for accommodation and activities. If you prefer to arrive a few days earlier or extend your stay for a few days, we can book your extra nights on the island, depending on your arrival city.

Here are a few hotels we recommend for those of you who would rather organise their extra days themselves:  

Ajaccio

  • Hôtel Le Dauphin 2*/ Tél : 04 95 21 12 94.
  • Hôtel Kalliste 3* / Tél : 04 95 51 34 45.
  • Hôtel Albion 3* / Tél : 04 95 21 66 70.
  • Hôtel San Carlu 3* / Tél : 04 95 21 13 84.

Propriano

  • Hôtel Bellevue / Tél : 04 95 76 01 86.
  • Gîte-hôtel U Fracintu / Tél : 04 95 76 15 05.

Porto

  • Hôtel Kallisté / Tél : 04 95 26 10 30.
  • Hôtel Le Belvédère / Tél : 04 95 26 12 01.
  • Hôtel Le Méditerranée / Tél : 04 95 26 10 27.

Piana

  • Hôtel Les Calanques / Tél : 04 95 27 82 08.
  • Hôtel Les Roches Rouges / Tél : 04 95 27 81 81.

Calvi 

  • Hôtel Belvédère 3* / Tél : 04 95 65 01 25.
  • Hôtel Les Arbousiers 2* / Tél : 04 95 65 04 47.
  • Hôtel Christophe Colomb 3* / Tél : 04 95 65 06 04.
  • Hôtel Balanea 3* / Tél : 04 95 65 94 94.

Bastia

  • Best Western Montecristo Bastia / Tél : 04 95 55 05 10.

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