Walking and active holidays in Corsica

Mini Island Mystery

Self Guided Walking 5 days / 4 nights

Level 1 2 3 4

3 days walking
Comfortable 2 & 3* hotels
Starting from 550 €
  • Rural village life from mountains to the sea
  • Gulf of Porto UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Comfortable accommodation and good hearty cuisine
  • Evisa, Ota, Golfe de Porto, Piana

If you have less that a week to do the trip, this is a mini version of one of our classic Corsican walks. Leading through forests and villages, you will discover a land little changed in time. Corsica is a mountain in the Sea, this is an opportunity to enjoy every aspect of the island and to discover the extreme contrasts. You can bathe in the perfumes, colours and contrasting landscapes that have earned Corsica its reputation. The remote villages, chestnut forests and gorges are a pleasure to discover as the mountains plunge abruptly into the sea.

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Day 1 - Ajaccio to Vergio

Arriving at Ajaccio, it is just a two hour taxi journey into the mountains. We can collect you from your hotel or the airport, and we take you to your first nights stop, the Castel di Vergio. (Taxi at a supplement). If the transfer is early there is time walk to the Radule bergeries along part of the GR20, into the Golo valley, below the Paglia Orba. Stay in the mountail lodge hotel Castel di Vergio on Half Board basis, with picnic for tomorrow.

5km, 2h30 , +320m, -320m.

Day 2 - Vergio to Evisa

The Col de Vergio is a high mountain road pass, it is marked with a forbidding statue and is the boundary point between the island’s north and south departments.  The views are majestic; the peaks are high and loom above.  The trail goes down hill through the Aïtone pine forest to the outskirts of Evisa.  You will pass the piscine naturelle, a big rock pool and local swim spot, then continue down through the chestnut woods that mark your approach to the village.  Some of the thick knarled old trunks have been standing here for nearly two thousand years. You will arrive in the centre of Evisa, situated at 830m altitude, it’s a vibrant mountain village with a healthy climate.  It is unusually close to the sea for a village of this height and is known locally as ‘the pearl of the mountains’.  Stay in the Auberge style, Hotel Aitone 2* on Half Board.

11.5km, 5h00, +80m, -720m.

Day 3 - Evisa to Porto Ota

From Evisa, an old path descends through the Spelunca gorge, it zig-zags back and forth leading into the depths. You will come to a high arched Genoese bridge.  The path leads alongside the torrent, towards Ota.  This is a village that couples mountain architecture with a hot Mediterranean climate and flora. Braying donkeys, hunting dogs, villagers working in their gardens, bright bougainvillaea, lemon and fig trees all add to the colour. The delicious smells from the Ceccaldi restaurant beckon, perhaps you will get tempted in, take a moment to sit and unwind at 'Chez Felix'. From the terrace you can see the succession of high pink hued sea cliffs not so far off now.  Your route leaves Ota, heading swiftly down to the coast. The view towards the Gulf of Porto is a kaleidoscope of colour: red cliffs, shock blue sea and the bold silhouette of the Genoese tower.  On your way downhill you can find all the plants that you associate with the heat and the Mediterranean, deep blue black island lavender, pale pink cistus and rock sedum. Stay in a comfortable 3* in Porto. You may choose to take an afternoon trip towards Scandola, this is the most reputed part of the coastline, the wild natural beauty is spectacular. Taxi and boat trip available from Ota (at a supplement).

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 towards Piana, you climb into the Calanques’ where you will discover an incredible site of granite needles, tortured shapes and rock sculpted formations dotted with maritime pine trees. The walk above the coast road follows the old mule path, that used to link Piana with Ota, offering some spectacular views. Below lays the rugged coastline and its many creeks. Depending on the season, you can find foxgloves, tall white asphodels and delicate wild cyclamen. 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 the most spectacular west coast walk to the Genoese “Tour de Turghia”, perched high on the red sea cliffs, high above the Golfe de Porto. The views are wonderous, over the sea and a lost landscape of farmsteads, threshing circles and olive groves recently restored showing the amazing pastoral history of this area.

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.

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

Departure on request every day from April to mid October. 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 : €550pp (May, June, September & October) €590pp (July & August)

Supplements/Discounts

Single Supplements : €210pp (May, June, September & October) €235pp (July & August)
Scandola Tour by boat (taxi transfer Ota to Porto) : €50pp - sea conditions permitting

Price includes

Accommodation on half board (days 1, 2, & 4), picnic on day 2, luggage transfers, travel dossier with A4 copies of IGN maps and walking notes.

Price does not include

Reservation fee of €5pp, travel insurance, drinks, certain picnics, site visits and transfers to Ajaccio or Calvi Piana, travel to Corsica.

Starts

At your hotel in Vergio (transfer or bus and transfer available from Ajaccio), parking available at hotel.

Ends

After breakfast in your hotel in Piana (transfer to Ajaccio or Vergio and extra nights available).

Access

Ajaccio Airport or port. If you arrive into Calvi or Bastia, please ask for details of transport connections. Air tickets and boat reservations available, please ask for a quotation.

Accommodation
  • Hotel 2 & 3* and Chambres d'Hôtes, in a twin/double rooms, please request at time of reservation.
  • Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter, jam).
  • Evening meals nights 1, 2, & 4 (based on local specialties, including a starter, a main course and a dessert).

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 hiker reservations on Self-Guided treks.

Level

Moderate. Involves longer walks, generally from 4-6 hours a day. The nature of the terrain presents little technical difficulty but some previous hill walking experience is useful. The ascents will vary from 400m to 800m altitude gain per day. See our level ratings.

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

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.

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Each hotel was better than the last! We loved all them, and Les Roches Rouges in Piana was a spectacular way to end our adventure! Our luggage always arrived on time, as promised. The breakfasts were wonderful, and the dinners kept getting better and better! The final meal, overlooking the Gulf of Porto, was nothing short of spectacular! This was the best holiday my husband and I have ever taken! Everything was perfect - the pacing, the hotels, the food, the scenery - it was all beautiful and brilliantly executed. We would do it again in a heartbeat. We will soon! Excellent value for money.

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5 star rating (the form would only let me score 4). Super holiday. Many thanks for all your help. Colin

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Hotel les Roches Rouges was excellent, we enjoyed our walking trip a lot.

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Accommodation was perfect for the type of activities we were doing and very clean and comfortable. We really appreciated the effort made by all the hotels to provide gluten free breakfast and dinner options.The walks were lovely.

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