Day 1 - Ajaccio to Vergio
Your first nights stop is at Vergio. Arriving early there is time walk into the Golo Valley to the Radule Bergeries and waterfall along part of the famous GR20, below the Paglia Orba or for the early bird, a walk to Lac de Nino. Stay in the mountain lodge hotel Castel di Vergio on Half Board basis, with picnic for tomorrow.
5km, 2h30 , +320m, -320m.
Day 2 - Vergio to Evisa
From the high mountain pass at Vergio, the trail drops down, through the pines of the Aitone Forest to the chestnut woods on the outskirts of Evisa. The views are majestic and high peaks soar above. Arriving in Evisa, situated at an altitude of 830m, you will find a vibrant mountain village, close to the sea. Evisa is known locally as ‘the pearl of the mountains’. Stay in the Auberge style, Hotel Aitone on Half Board.
11.5km, 5h00, +80m, -720m.
Day 3 - Evisa to Porto Ota
The Spelunca Gorge links Evisa to the vibrant village of Ota – a mountain village with a hot Mediterranean climate. There are braying donkeys, Genoese bridges, bright bougainvillea, lemon and fig trees and of course the delicious smell of the Chez Felix restaurant. The view from here towards the Golfe de Porto is a kaleidoscope of colour: red cliffs, blue sea and the bold silhouette of the Genoese tower. Stay in a comfortable 3* Hôtel in Porto. An afternoon trip including taxi and boat tour is available to the Scandola Maritime Reserve and the village of Girolata, please ask for details.
14km, 6h00, +320m, -1170m.
Day 4 - Porto Ota to Piana
This dramatic coastline is classed by UNESCO a site of world beauty. From Porto a taxi takes you to Piana, you walk takes you into the Calanche de Piana an area of red granite needles, tortured shapes and rock sculpted formations dotted with maritime pine trees, the Golfe de Porto at your feet. Stay in the comfortable 3* Hotel Scandola on a Half Board basis. For an alternative walk, at a supplement, we can drop you on the Capu Rossu headland for another spectacular west coast walk to the Genoese Tour de Turghia perched high on the red sea cliffs, high above the sea. The views are wonderous, over the sea and a lost landscape of witness to the area’s pastoral history.
12km, 5h00, +520m, -140m.
Day 5 - Piana
End of holiday in Piana, extra nights and transfers by bus or taxi to Ajaccio available, please ask for details.
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