A magnificent crossing of the south of the island, from east to west through the Alta Rocca, the "Land of the Lords".

This mid-mountain hike is an emblematic and not-to-be-missed itinerary criss-crossing the southernmost part of the Corsican mountains, from Porto-Vecchio to Propriano. On paths still used only by a few shepherds, the grey-green of the maquis, the holm oaks and the emerald of the Laricio pines will imbue you day after day with the scents and colours of what is commonly known as the Corsican soul.

Highlights

  • A crossing from the east coast to the west coast
  • Luggage access
  • Point to point - 5 days walking 
  • Choice of dormitory or private rooms
  • Start in Porto-Vecchio and  end in Propriano
Special offer -25 on 18/04
Duration
6 days / 5 nights
Type of holidays
Hiking-Walking
Accesses
Porto-Vecchio / Figari
Ajaccio
Propriano
Level
2 - Moderate
Carrying
Without bags

Itinerary

Day 1

Start of your stay in Porto-Vecchio

Check into your hotel in Porto-Vecchio, Corsica's third-largest commune. Discover the city of salt, nicknamed for the exploitation of the salt marshes, with its stone houses, narrow streets and Genoese fortifications...  
 

Night
Night in Porto-Vecchio
Day 2

Porto-Vecchio to Cartalavonu

From Porto-Vecchio to Cartalavonu, leaving behind the blue waters of the far south, you will discover Corsica's interior and its many villages. Cross the Ospédale forest, populated by maritime pines. 

Distance
15 km
Duration
5h00
Ascent / descent
+1130 m / - 100 m
Night
Night in Cartalavonu
Day 3

Cartalavonu to Levie

Depart for the Alta Rocca and its highlands, where the views of the Ospedale, the Gulf of Valincu and the Aiguilles de Bavella are superb. The village of Carbini and its Pisan church will enchant you. 

Distance
12 km
Duration
5h00
Ascent / descent
+670 m / -1120 m
Night
Night in Levie
Day 4

From Levie to Serra di Scopamena

Leaving Levie, the route passes the archaeological site of Cucuruzzu, then climbs to the village of Quenza. Discover the hamlet of Ghjalicu, an ancient transhumance site, before heading for Aullène or Serra di Scopamena.

Distance
18 km
Duration
6h30
Ascent / descent
+900 m / -630 m
Night
Night in Serra di Scopamena
Day 5

From Serra di Scopamena to Ste Lucie de Tallano

A long descent through chestnut and oak trees to the Rizzanese river and its pools. After the Tighjarellu pass, the route passes through the village of Altagène and on to Sainte Lucie de Tallano. A region renowned for its olive oil and mills.

Distance
10 km
Duration
4h00
Ascent / descent
+570 m / -800 m
Night in Sainte Lucie de Tallano
Day 6

From Ste Lucie de Tallano to Fozzano

After passing through Loreto di Tallano and the ruins of Altanaria, you arrive in Fozzano. Here you can admire its famous 15th-century tower and visit the house of Colomba, Mérimée's heroine. At 3pm, transfer by taxi to Propriano to avoid walking on the road. Holiday ends upon arrival in Propriano.

Distance
12 km
Duration
4h30
Ascent / descent
+710 m / -720 m

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. 

If you are returning to Ajaccio or Porto-Vecchio, please note that there is no bus service on Sundays and public holidays except in July and August.

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

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Price includes

Half-board accommodation (except D1), local transfer from Fozzano to Propriano, luggage transport, travel pack with IGN maps, route book and access to our guidance application.

Price does not include

Drinks, picnics, evening meal in Porto-Vecchio,  reservation fee of 5€ / person,  insurance, site visits and transfers not included in the programme, guide.

Supplements/Discounts

Double room supplement : 110 € / person

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. See insurance details.

Group discount

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

Technical informations

Starts

At your hotel in Porto-Vecchio from 2pm.

Ends

In Propriano after your transfer around 3.30pm.

Access

Porto-Vecchio Port , Ajaccio or Figari airports.

Accommodation

  • Accommodation  in dormitories and 1 night in a***  Hotel in Porto Vecchio. 
  • Double or twin rooms available at extra cost.
  • Single room supplement to be requested at time of reservation.

Meal

  • Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter, jam).
  • Evening meals are often based on local specialities and include a starter, main course and dessert. Dinner in Porto-Vecchio is not included. 

Number of participants

Reservations for minimum of 2 participants. 

Level

Moderate, path with few technical difficulties

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.

Luggage transfers

Only your personal belongings for the day and your picnic. Luggage is transported by vehicle. If you wish to carry your own belongings (bag version), please contact us for a reduction.

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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Reviews for Mare a Mare South, Porto-Vecchio to Propriano

8 reviews
(4.1)

We enjoyed all the gites as they were all different. Excellent value and very well organised holiday. Thank you Corsica Aventure.

Jenny 19/09/2023Mare a Mare South, Porto-Vecchio to Propriano

There was a wide range of accommodation, most were good but a couple were pretty basic. It wasn't an issue....

Margaret 11/09/2023Mare a Mare South, Porto-Vecchio to Propriano

We loved the table d'hote experience in Levie and the restaurant that served sanglier in San Larenzu....

Rebecca 05/09/2023Mare a Mare South, Porto-Vecchio to Propriano

We had a grand time and appreciate all you did for us. We had a most wonderful time, the directions were spot on

Cindy 11/08/2023Mare a Mare South, Porto-Vecchio to Propriano

We had a very nice time in Corsica....

Ingrid 08/07/2023Mare a Mare South, Porto-Vecchio to Propriano

Good accommodation and great food on our Mare a Mare South.

Louis 19/06/2023Mare a Mare South, Porto-Vecchio to Propriano

Corsica is a beautiful country and hiking is challenging....

William 17/05/2023Mare a Mare South, Porto-Vecchio to Propriano

Nous avons trouvé que la formule choisie rando liberté, sans portage, permet une grande autonomie, sans avoir le souci de l'intendance....

Annette 09/06/2014Mare a Mare South, Porto-Vecchio to Propriano
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