From the highest peaks to the Gulf of Porto, explore the Niolu valley and discover its hilltop villages, nestling in ancient oak and chestnut forests.

The route runs through the north-west of the island. In the mountainous part, at Calacuccia, the route alternates between pastures and forests of beech, chestnut and Laricio pine. On this tour, you'll enjoy a varied discovery of Corsica, with fabulous sites such as the Niolu valley, the Aïtone forest, the village of Evisa, the Spelunca gorges and the village of Ota. The tour culminates in the Gulf of Porto, with its deep blue waters and the famous Calanques de Piana, an incredible tangle of needles, peaks and ridges of red granite.


  • One of the most beautiful walks on the island
  • Luggage access
  • Point to point  - 5 days walking 
  • ** and *** Hotels
  • Start in Corte and  end in Piana
7 days / 6 nights
Type of holidays
2 - Moderate
Without bags


Day 1


This walking holiday starts in the island’s historic capital, Corte. The rocky citadel dominates the town, and after dropping your bags at the hotel, you can take a walk around the old town, to discover the sights of this atmospheric place. Corte is situated on two magical gorges - the Tavignano and Restonica. The Tavignano offers a walk along an old mule path, a route used by shepherds into the isolated Niolu region and it makes for stunning walking. Steep cliffs rise up above the pounding torrent and numerous rock pools allow you to cool off. 

12 km
Ascent / descent
+480 m / -480 m
Night in Corte
Day 2

Scala Sta Regina to Calacuccia

In the morning, transfer to the entrance to the Scala Santa Régina. This ancient transhumance path, carved out of a granite canyon above the River Golu, provided access to the Niolu, where some of Corsica's highest villages are located today. You walk down towards the lake and the village of Calacuccia.

10 km
Ascent / descent
+700 m / -340 m
Night in Calacuccia
Day 3

Calacuccia to Vergio

Climb to the Col de Vergio along an old transhumance trail. From sheepfold to sheepfold, you'll discover what life was like for the shepherds. You will then join the legendary GR 20 to reach the Vergio pass.

17 km
Ascent / descent
+ 995 m /- 430 m
Night at Col de Vergio
Day 4

Vergio to Evisa

You'll descend the path from the Col de Vergio along the River Aïtone and its famous natural pools to the village of Evisa. A transitional stage between the high mountains and the Gulf of Porto.

10 km
Ascent / descent
+320 m / -880 m
Night in Evisa
Day 5

Evisa to Porto

You'll walk along the Mare et Monti trail through the Spelunca gorges and its ancient Genoese bridges to the picturesque village of Ota (340 m). Then arrive in a unique setting overlooking the Gulf of Porto, with its magnificent pink cliffs plunging into the sea.

13 km
Ascent / descent
+200 m / -1000 m
Night in Porto
Day 6

Porto to Piana

The route leaves Porto along its pebbled beach and gradually rises above the deep-blue gulf, taking in the superb views of the Scandola reserve and Capu Ceninu.

12 km
Ascent / descent
+520 m / -140 m
Night in Piana
Day 7


Holiday ends after breakfast in Piana. Extra nights and transfers by bus or taxi to Ajaccio available, please ask for details.

5 km
Ascent / descent
+450 m / -450 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, 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

Accommodation on half board (days 2, 3 & 4) B&B (days 1, 5 & 6), local internal transfers from Corte, 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 Corte hotel and from Piana, travel to Corsica.



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


At your first hotel in Corte.


After breakfast in your hotel in Piana.


Ajaccio Airport or Port, Bastia Airport or Port.


  • Hotel in double/ twin rooms: 3 nights in ** Hotels (Corte, Vergio, Evisa) and 3 nights in *** Hotels (Calacuccia, Porto and Piana).
  • Single room supplement to be requested when booking.


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

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.


Moderate, path with few technical difficulties.

Number of participants

Reservations for minimum of 2 participants. 


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.

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.


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:  


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


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


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