Walking and active holidays in Corsica

Active Corte to Cap Corse

Family Adventure 8 days / 7 nights

Level 1 2 3 4

Multi-centre - Multi-activity (age 8+)
Comfortable 3* Hotels
Starting from 800 €
  • The best family walks in the region
  • Sea Kayaking, Mountain biking, Beaches
  • Canyoning in the Vecchio
  • Corte, Saint Florent, Cap Corse

This active family holiday, new for 2020, focuses on the high mountains of central Corsica, then explores the Desert des Agriates, and the wild Cap Corse "the island within the island". Corte is the start of the holiday, set in high mountains, it offers high peaks all around. On the program: sea kayaking, paradise beaches, mountain biking, canyoning and some truly unmissable hikes. Each of your hotels has a swimming pool, making this great for families.

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Day 1 – Discover Corte

Drive to Corte to discover the historic heart of the island. After settling into your hotel, why not explore the moody citadel on the newly finished heritage walk. Or take a short walk into the Restonica Gorge. A path will lead you into the gorge amidst a heady, warm Mediterranean vegetation of blue/black island lavender, the curry plant and juniper bushes. The cliffs soar up above and deep below you can glimpse the pounding torrent with its numerous rock pools. Stay at a 3*Hotel , in Corte on a B&B basis.

Day 2 – Canyoning in the Verghellu or the Vecchio

This morning sees the family Canyoning not far from Corte. The Vecchio is for younger families, this easy canyon is great for beginners, with jumps and obstacles and lots of splashing about! For older kids looking for that adrenelin rush, the Verghellu is great for either beginners or the more experienced. With easy access, you have plenty of fun to find including jumps and slides in crystal clear mountain water, a really great natural environment. After all this excitement, this afternoon, you move onto Saint Florent, a drive that takes you across the desert des Agriates. Time to explore town before a relaxing evening.

Day 3 – Sea Kayaking along the Agriates Coast

From the beach at La Roya, you set out to spend the morning discovering the creeks of the Agriates coastline.  The beach crew with give you a few pointers and advise you of the sea conditions before you set off, paddling on duo or solo “sit on top” sea kayaks, easy to manage and really stable.  Discover all the hidden coves in this area, around the headland you’ll find the phare de Fornali, a real sea adventure on this unspoilt section of coastline. After lunch, either a lazy afternoon relaxing on the beach or drive to the vineyards of Patrimonio and a short wander along the coast.

Day 4 – Walk to the Mortello Tower

From St Florent a walk takes you into the mysterious Desert des Agriates, and along the coastal path towards the Mortello tower. Admiral Lord Nelson was so impressed by these solid Genoese towers, he ordered for some to be built on England’s south eastern coast to keep out the French! The walk takes in some superb coastal scenery finally reaching this shattered tower that posed  such a challenge for the British fleet. Retrace your steps. This walk is an adventure as you need to wade across hidden bays to stay on the path.

12km, 4h00, +125m, -125m

Day 5 – Journey to Saleccia

Today you have one of two options, both with the same destination, the idyllic beach at Saleccia. For the more active, from the village of Casta, you head into the arid Agriates desert by mountain bike, along rough and rutted dirt trails, with over 300m descent, the return ride is in the back of a 4x4 so a little easier! If you prefer to approach by sea, take the boat to Lodu beach, and walk either via the coast or inland to Saleccia beach, just watch out for the cows! Saleccia is one of the most beautiful sights in Corsica, a real tropical paradise and is only accessible by boat or on foot. Great for a day out.

7km, 2h00, +75m, -75m

Day 6 – Discover Corsica’s Cape

Today you are heading around the Cap Corse, to your next base at Maccinaggio. The road is narrow, sinuous and goes from village to village, with ample to see en-route for all the family. The west coast of the Cap Corse offers sheer cliffs that drop into the sea. Discover the perched village of Nonza crowned with a Pisan tower, looming over a striking black pebble beach 120m below. Further up the Cap Corse, discover the quaint fishing village of Centuri and the Moulin Mattei high above, before heading to your nightstop tonight near the harbour in Maccinagio.

Day 7 – Custom Officer’s Path

You follow the customs officers path ‘chemin des douaniers’ around the remote Cap Corse, you pass naturally preserved beaches and abandoned and shattered watchtowers witness to the battles that were fought for this island. The walking is fantastic through a wild and natural coastal landscape, boat trip at end of the day from Barcaggio to Maccinaggio, your stop again for the night.

13km, 4h00, +220m, -220m

Day 8 - End of stay in Maccinaggio

Your holiday in Maccinaggio ends after breakfast, extra nights available.

This itinerary is correct at time of publication. Should situations arise that are beyond our control, such as severe or adverse weather conditions, or other such factors that could put your safety at risk, the itinerary may be modified.

Departure on request every day June to September. 2 persons minimum.

Please select your departure date in the calender below to see the price and click on the button to the right to make a reservation.

Prices : €780pp (June, September) €880pp (July, August)

Supplements/Discounts

Child Reduction 8 to 16 years : €50 per child

Price includes

Accommodation on B&B, activities as stated in the program, all guided activities with qualified bilingual instructors, travel dossier with A4 copies of IGN maps and walking notes.

Price does not include

Reservation fee of €5pp, travel insurance, drinks, picnics, transfer to and from Corte and transfers between activities (car hire available), travel to Corsica.

Starts

At your hotel in Corte.

Ends

At your hotel in Corte

Access

Bastia Airport or Bastia port.

Air tickets and boat reservations available, please ask for a quotation.

Accommodation
  • Hotel 3*, in a twin/double rooms, please request at time of reservation.
  • Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter, jam).

Should you have any food allergies, special requests or dietary requirements, please advise at time of booking.

Number of participants

Reservations for minimum of 2 participants. NB. For safety reasons we do not accept solo reservations on Self-Guided multi activity holidays.

Level

Gentle for all the family. 3-4 hours of effective walking with ascents. Accessible to occasional walkers and to anyone in good health, you don’t have to be a seasoned hiker to enjoy the walks. You should know how to swim 25m and be able to put your head under water for the canyoning. Children from 8 years old.

Guiding

A qualified canyoning guide, self-guided kayaking and mountain biking with briefing, we provide you with a Travel Dossier with A4 copies of IGN maps and walking notes created by our team. During your holiday our 24-hour assistance service will also be able to answer all your questions and, if necessary, bring you useful tips for the smooth running of your stay.

Luggage transfers

During this holiday you will carry only a small day sack with a water bottle, camera, picnic, trailfood, sun and wet weather gear.