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 560 €
  • 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 a trip, or want to combine a walking holiday with a stay in a villa, this is a mini break of one of our classic Corsican walking holidays. Leading through forests and villages, you will discover a land little changed in time. Corsica is a mountain in the Sea and this holiday allows you to enjoy every aspect of the island - you can bathe in the perfumes, colours and contrasting landscapes that have earned Corsica its reputation. 

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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.

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 : €560pp (May, June, September & October) €600pp (July & August)

Supplements/Discounts

Single Supplements : €235pp (May, June, September & October) €260pp (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, bus from Corte), 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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