Walking and active holidays in Corsica

Around the Cap Corse

Self guided walking 8 days / 7 nights

Level 1 2 3 4

Point to Point - 6 days walking
Comfortable 3* & 4* hotels, Chambres d'Hôtes
Starting from 900 €
  • Choice of charming hotels and guesthouses
  • Scenic headlands and hills of Cap Corse
  • Time to relax on deserted beaches
  • Maccinaggio, Centuri, Nonza, Saint Florent

The understated beauty of this wild region captivates the visitor. The Island within the Island is a walker’s paradise, with so much that is typical of Corsica. The trip starts on the west coast, in the busy harbour village of Maccinaggio, exploring seaside villages including Centuri, along coastal paths and through remote Mediterranean wildernesses before heading south to the lively seaside town of Saint Florent. Off the beaten track, the Cap Corse is a real undiscovered gem, and now a marine national park, it enchants visitors with timeless landscapes and is sure to inspire you.

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Day 1 - Maccinaggio

Arrive into Bastia. After a taxi ride to Maccinaggio (at a supplement) you settle into the hotel. Maccinaggio is a delightful port to the north of Bastia, with its Genoese watchtower. Take it easy by the pool at the hotel or take the historical path to discover the village, before heading out to dinner in one of the delightful restaurants in this sleepy seaside village. Stay at a 3* Hotel, Maccinaggio on a B&B basis.  Choice of restaurants in Maccinaggio.

6km, 2h30, +250m, -250m.

Day 2 - Barcaggio to Maccinaggio

You follow the customs officers path ‘chemin des douaniers’ around the remote Cap Corse, you pass naturally preserved beaches and abandoned watchtowers witness to the battles that were fought for this island. The walking is captivating through a wild and natural landscape, boat at end of the day to Maccinaggio, your stop again for the night. Stay at a 3* Hotel, Maccinaggio on a B&B basis. 

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

Day 3 - Barcaggio to Centuri

Transfer at the beginning of the day to Barcaggio at the top of the Cap Corse. The path is more challenging from here on in, as you head around the coastal cliffs from Barcaggio. The west coast of the Cap Corse has high grey cliffs that plunge into the sea, the path hugs the relief from here you can see the islets that offer natural reserves for rare wildlife. At the end of the day you arrive at the sleepy harbourside hotel in Centuri, your nightstop on HB basis. 

12km, 4h30, +500m, -500m.

Day 4 - Centuri to Seneque

The walk today takes in some of the more remote paths of the Cap Corse. You climb past the Moulin Mattei towards the wind farm on the ridge, following the ridge you will have fabulous views across the cap, passing convents, age old mines and chapels, before reaching the Seneque tower, and your overnight stop. Stay at a Chambres d'hôtes, in Luri on a HB basis, picnic for tomorrow.

17km, 6h30, +900m, -500m.

Day 5 - Seneque to Canari

From Seneque, the walk continues on this ridge, high above the villages that nestle along the coast. The views of this natural reserve are simply stunning, and it is easy to sea why people call this the island withing the island. Passing menhirs that are testament of the age of this land, you descend to the village of Canari, where you stay at a Chambres d'hôtes, in Canari on a B&B basis, dinner at a local restaurant.

17km, 6h30, +950m, -1050m.

Day 6 - Canari to Nonza

From Canari, we head further south, the scenery is dramatic and contrasting, crossing a genoese bridge before we reach the hamlet of Ogliastro. From here the scenery changes to maquis, passing chapels before dropping down to Nonza, with its dark pebble beach and Pisan tower. The village is the perfect picture postcard, and home to an Ecomuseum dedicated to the original lemon, the Cedrat, cultivated in the Cap Corse. Transfer to St Florent for your last night on a B&B basis.

15km, 6h00, +900m, -1050m.

Day 7 - Agriates & Mortello tower

Take a short boat trip from the harbour in Saint Florent (included) to the beautiful deserted beach at Lodu, or for a walk to Saleccia beach. The water is crystal clear turquoise and the beaches stunningly wild. From here for the longer walk, you are walking back along the remote Agriates coastline, past the shattered Mortello tower and lighthouse towards Saint Florent, crossing small creeks on your way, the views are simply stunning. Night in Saint Florent on a B&B basis.

13km, 4h30, +150m, -150m.

Day 8 – St Florent

Your trip ends after breakfast at the hotel. Extra nights and transfers to Bastia 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 mid May 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 : €900pp (May, June, September & October) €1010pp (July & August)

Supplements/Discounts

Private transfers available, transfer by taxi Airport Bastia to Maccinaggio (Taxi 1 to 4 pax) = €150, Saint Florent to Airport Bastia (Taxi 1 to 4 pax) = €80

 

Price includes

Accommodation on half board (days 3, 4 & 5) B&B (days 1, 2, 6 & 7), Picnic (day 4), local internal transfers, luggage transfers, travel dossier with IGN maps and topo guide.

Price does not include

Reservation fee of €5pp, travel insurance, drinks, picnics, site visits and transfers to Maccinaggio and from St Florent, travel to Corsica.

Starts

Anyday, at your first hotel in Maccinaggio, please ask for details of taxi transfers.

Ends

At your hotel in St Florent after breakfast, please ask for details of taxi transfers.

Access

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

Accommodation
  • Hotel 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 3, 4 & 5 (based on local specialties, including a starter, a main course and a dessert).
  • Picnic lunch on day 4.

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 Involve 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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It was good to have a variety of different accommodation types. They were all in good locations and linked well with the walking route.The taxi driver (Martine) was excellent. A real asset to the holiday. Always punctual, informative and patient with our French. She was very friendly and enhanced our holiday experience.Generally all breakfasts were good. The evening meal at Hotel au Bon Clocher was very good. We enjoyed the home cooked food at Gite de Seneque and her picnic was also excellent. The service started off a little slow at Hotel de la Jetee, but it improved and the food was good. The stages were pitched at the right level for us. A gentle start, with some challenging but achievable walks. Excellent value for money. The service response from Nicola was very good. She replied to all queries before our holiday in an incredibly prompt and efficient manner. We felt this excellent service continued throughout the holiday, with all arrangements running smoothly. Many thanks for all your help and assistance. It was a great holiday.

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The Cap Corse walk was the best of the three walks we have done with you, as you had the contrast between the Coastal Path for the first 2 days and then up onto the ridge for amazing views either side for the next 3 days. The hotels were all very acceptable in different standards. Very friendly people especially at the Gite at Seneque, Canari and Centuri. Food was excellent especially at Centuri and the restaurant behind the boulangerie at Macinaggio was superb.

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All hotels good and food excellent. Bags always waiting for us on arrival. Taxi service - excellent driver who was more like a tour guide as she stopped at several viewpoints to allow us to take photos and told us some interesting facts about the areas we travelled through.

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Some of the finest walking we've ever done. Everything went without a hitch and the Cap Corse itinerary was fabulous. Some minor issues but overall it was fabulous. I would happily have gone back to the start and done it all again!