Day 1 - L'Ile Rousse
Your holiday starts in L’Ile Rousse, on the North West coast. Check into your hotel before exploring the cobbled streets of the old town, the cafés of the Place des Platanes, one of the beautiful beaches and the ‘Red Isle’ that gives the town’s name. The town was founded by Pascal Paoli, in response to the Genoese at Calvi, and has a wonderful lived in feel. Optional coastal walk to the Parc de Saleccia, a beautiful Mediterranean garden.
Day 2 - Algajola to L'Ile Rousse
Today is a pleasant stroll through the Balagne, you take the train to the village of Algajola. The tracks hug the coast, and the views are sublime on this short 15 min ride. From Algajola you climb between dry stone walls to the artists village of Pigna, the narrow streets of the village are home to various crafts. From Pigna you take a path to Corbara, and pass through narrow alleyways of the village of Corbara before dropping down to return to Ile Rousse.
13km, 4h00, +430m, -430m.
Day 3 - L'Ile Rousse to Monticello
Your walking starts at L'Ile Rousse, before climbing along old mule tracks via the hamlets of Santa Reperata to Monticello, you can even do a detour to the Cima Sant’Angelo at 562m for a true birds eye view. The village of Monticello is perched high above L'Ile Rousse and is home to many a French celebrity. The walking is very flexible and we offer a circular walk around the village with views over L'Ile Rousse and the Regino valley. Stay in a charming hotel in Monticello.
12.5km, 4h00, +665m, -435m.
Day 4 - Speluncato to Monticello
After a short transfer, you are dropped in the perched village of Speluncato. After exploring this high villages, you have a choice of walks today via perched villages and paths that down drop onto the Regino plain, between market gardens, past old chapels and ruins of long forgotten hamlets before climbing again to the village of Monticello. Another night in the heart of the village of Monticello.
15km, 5h00, +305m, -595m.
Day 5- Corbara to Lumio
From the Convent at Corbara, you pass through the villages of the Haute Balagne including the village of Sant Antonino, one of the most beautiful villages on the island before walking via the village of Cateri, past a Convent and washouses to Lavatoggio. From here we follow on across lofty land, climbing to the abandoned village of Occi high above Lumio. The village was deserted in the 20th Century, when no road could be built for access. The views from here towards Calvi are sublime. A transfer takes you from Lumio to Calvi for your nights stop.
13.5km, 5h30, +555m, -665m.
Day 6 - Calvi to La Revellata
There are a few walks to do in Calvi. The first is a beautiful walk on the Revellata peninsula, an unspoilt area of maquis and sea cliffs. Head around the coast towards the lighthouse, a real highlight of the trip. This protected area is a haven for wildlife, with much flora and fauna that is found only here. The walk passes along sea cliffs and down to unspoilt coves, your journey back can be extended to take in Notre Dame de la Serra, high above Calvi, this beautiful chapel is the ideal spot for a few shots.
13km, 4h00, +475m, -475m.
Day 7 - Capu di a Veta
Relax today or take a challenging walk to the summit of Capu di a Veta and the Austrian cross at 700m above Calvi for which you will need to leave early but the views are sublime. If you want an easier day, just enjoy Calvi, hire a bike, take time at the beach or explore the Genoese citadelle and town.
11km, 5h00, +700m, -700m.
Day 8 - Calvi
End of holiday in Calvi, extra nights and transfers 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.