Walking and active holidays in Corsica

Prestige Mountains to the Sea - Corte to Calvi

Drive 7 days / 6 nights
Drive & Stroll - Various Walking Options
Exclusive 4 & 5* Hotels
Starting from 1560 €
  • Corte, the heart of the island
  • Luxury hotels, the best Corsica has to offer
  • AVIS Car hire available
  • Corte, Calvi

This holiday offers classic hiking in the heart of the Corsican mountains and pleasant walking by the sea in Calvi. Explore the historic citadelle of Corte and discover the river gorges of this high mountain region. After a couple of days in the mountains, you take the drive down to the coast at Calvi, in the Balagne, the garden of Corsica. You discover the heights of Calvi and the unspoilt coast of the Revellata peninsula before having time to enoy Calvi’s beautiful beach and explore her fortress Citadelle, built by the Genoese.

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Day 1 - Arrive in Corte

Arrive into Calvi, Bastia or Ajaccio. After collecting your car, drive at your own pace to Corte, we give you ideas of what to see en-route. You discover the historic heart of the island and the lively mountain city of Corte. After settling into your riverside hotel, why not relax by the pool, or should you wish, get out and about, to explore the citadel on the newly finished heritage walk. You could visit Corte museum, or lunch or dinner in one of the cobbled alleyways around the Citadelle. Your hotel is the best mountain hotel in Corsica, well deserving of its reputation. The staff are friendly and always on hand.

Stay at Hotel Dominique Colonna, Corte on a B&B basis.

Day 2 - Corte

For the first day in Corte, we suggest the Tavignano Gorge. A stone path will lead you into the gorge amidst a heady, warm Mediterranean vegetation of blue/black island lavender, the curry plant and juniper bushes. The cliffs soar up above and deep below you can glimpse the pounding torrent with its numerous rock pools. For centuries, this age-old path was the route into the isolated Niolu region. The towering granite cliffs have been beautifully sculpted by time, with clinging pine trees and rugged cliffs all around. You may choose to walk to the swing bridge that traverses the torrent, a great swimming and picnic place with smooth sun baked rocks and inviting clear rock pools.

Stay at Hotel Dominique Colonna, Corte on a B&B basis.

12km, 7h, +480m, -480m.

Day 3 - Corte

Corte is situated on the confluence of two magical gorges the Restonica and the Tavignano. For your second day’s walking in Corte, a well trodden path leads up to the lake of Melo. The path is made easier by two sets of metal steps. You arrive at a large apple shaped, glacier lake surrounded by spongy grass. You can press on higher to the abruptly contrasting lake of Capitellu. It is 40m deep, the deepest on the island. Sheer sheets of granite plunge into its depths and there are little traces of vegetation. From your hotel you can take the road up the gorge to the refuge at Grotelle, the parking may be payable. At the end of your walk, the little hut sells refreshments, the perfect place relax.

Stay at Hotel Dominique Colonna 4*, Corte on a B&B basis.

6km, 4h30, +500m, -500m.

Day 4- Corte to Calvi

Your itinerary now takes you to the coast at Calvi. After breakfast drive via Ponte Leccia, crossing some of the highest vineyards on the island, you will soon reach the verdant Balagne. This is a land that is full of culture, with hilltop villages well worth the detour. Drive the Strada di l'Artigiani, the artisans trail, walk around the village of Sant'Antonino, do try the lemon juice. You soon have Calvi in your sights, the bay opening out before you, your room for tonight is in the prestigious Hotel la Villa, Calvi.

Stay at Hotel la Villa 5*, Calvi on a B&B basis.

Day 5 - Calvi

Today’s walk takes you to Notre Dame de la Serra, the chapel with birds eye views of the town. You can make this walk longer by starting early and climbing to the summit of the Capu di A Veta, at 700m. Enjoying marvelous birds eye views over the bay of Calvi, the walk crosses an idyllic landscape and if you just choose to go to the chapel, an easier walk, the views are still sublime.

Stay at Hotel la Villa 5*, Calvi on a B&B basis.

11.3km, 4h45,+700m, -700m

Day 6 - Calvi

Today you can explore the Balagne coast , Algajola, a little seaside town on the way to the bustling town of Ile Rousse, and walk to the perched village of Occi from Lumio. Follow the artisans route, visit Pigna, Sant'Ntonino, Cateri, Montegrosso, before dropping back down to Calvi and her Citadel. Stay at Hotel la Villa 5*, Calvi on a B&B basis.

14.5km, 4h45, +480m, - 480m

Day 7 - Calvi

Your holiday comes to an end after breakfast. Staying on in Calvi you can have a day off or explore the coast and the Revelata peninsular. Other options available at a supplement.

This itinerary is an example of the itinerary we aim to adhere to, correct at time of publication. Should situations arise  that could put your safety at risk, it may be possible for the itinerary to be modified.

Departure on request every day from early April to the end of October. 2 persons minimum.Price on request, please contact us for a quote.

Supplements/Discounts

This holiday requires a hire car. For 7 days AVIS car hire (B grade) including super collision damage waiver, 2 drivers (over 21), unlimited mileage and the possibility to pick up and drop off at different airports, prices from €275.

Price includes

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation, maps, route notes and all necessary holiday details.

Price does not include

Evening meals, entrance fees, additional activities, Travel insurance, drinks, picnics, personal expenses, souvenirs etc., holiday insurance. Car hire at a supplement.

Starts

At your first hotel in Corte.

Ends

At your hotel in Piana after breakfast.

Access

Airports throughout Corsica Calvi, Ajaccio or Bastia.

Accommodation

• Stunning 4* & 5* Hotel in a twin or double bedded room. Should something be important to you in your accommodation, please let us know prior to reservation.
• Continental buffet style breakfast with local produce. Should you have any food allergies, please advise at time of booking.

Picnics can be purchased daily from bakers or small supermarkets locally, or arranged with your hotel and we list restaurants where you can eat out. Where staying on a B&B basis, there are restaurants to choose from nearby.

Number of participants

Reservations for 2 or more people. NB. For safety reasons we do not accept solo hiker reservations on Self-Guided treks.

Level

Gentle 3-4 hours of effective walking with ascents. Accessible to occasional walkers and to anyone in good health, you don’t have to be a seasoned hiker to enjoy these walks.

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 IGN map and Topoguide created by our team. During your hike our 24-hour assistance service will also be able to answer all your questions and, if necessary, bring you useful tips for the smooth running of your stay.

Luggage transfers

You need to carry a small day sack only with a water bottle, camera, picnic and windproof jacket.

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Hotel Dominique Colonna was absolute best on service and atmosphere. Rental car worked perfectly, automatic as requested. Very quick and helpfull response in the e-mail communication