Walking and active holidays in Corsica

Paths of the Alta Rocca

Self Guided Walking 8 days / 7 nights

Level 1 2 3 4

Point to Point - 6 days walking
Comfortable 3* Hôtels & Chambres d'Hotes
Starting from 990 €
  • Comfortable Mare a Mare South
  • Delightful hotels and chambres d'hôtes
  • Varied scenery and genuine flavours of Corsica
  • Porto Vecchio, Alta Rocca, Ste Lucie de Tallano

The Alta Rocca is a beautiful mountainous area, full of contrasts and colours, in the heart of Southern Corsica. You walking holiday starts in a central hotel in the coastal town of Porto Vecchio, with 6 days of moderate walking you will discover the richness and history of this fascinating region, following trails on the Mare a Mare South. You wind your way through the woodland and the maquis, passing archeological sites, mountain torrents and picturesque villages.  With really comfortable accommodation, a very authentic cuisine and an insight into rural Corsican village life this makes for an intriguing week.

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Day 1 - Porto Vecchio

Arrive into Porto Vecchio, with time to settle into your central hotel before exploring. Porto Vecchio is the third largest town on Corsica and thrives as a holiday resort due to its sublime silver sand beaches, some of the best in the Med. The ambiance is chic and distinctly Mediterranean and you will love the contrasts of this town. It is great to just sit in one of the cafés in the Citadel and soak up the atmosphere. Visit the tourist shops, or simply just relax on the beach. Night in central 3*hotel on a B&B basis.

Day 2 - Porto Vecchio to Ospedale

Your first day's walk will lead you from sea level up into the mountains. A taxi takes you to Alzu di Gallini, from where you climb through the Ospedale. The Mediterranean vegetation is fragrant, a scrubby mix of heather bushes, strawberry trees and wild herbs. The views back across the gulf of Porto Vecchio are breathtaking. Stay in a comfortable chambre d'hotes with dinner in a local restaurant.

15km, 5h00, +1130m.

Day 3 - Ospedale to San Gavino

The path leads swiftly up away through the forest to Cartalavonu and the high mountain pass of Foce Alta (1171m). From there you will catch magnificent views over the Lake of Ospedale. A multitude of sleepy perched villages of Alta Rocca and the famous pink granite pinnacles of Bavella are stretched out before you. The trail winds its way through a chestnut forest, the village of Carbini (famous for its 11th century church decorated with Pisan art) and the Fiumiccicoli river. Passing through olive groves and its old mill, you arrive at the outskirts of Levie, a taxi takes you from Levie to your hotel for tonight.

12km, 5h00, +670m, -1120m.

Day 4 - San Gavino to Serra de Scopamena

The path heads up through an oak forest dotted with large blocks of granite to the St Laurent chapel.  This area is well known for its archaeological sites,  two of the most famous, Cucuruzzu and Capula, are nearby.  You arrive at the Quenza deer enclosure and shortly afterwards, the village itself.  Be sure to go and see the Pisan church that dates from the year 1000.  You pass the hamlet of Ghjallicu an old chestnut mill and the shepherd's cabin Lavu Donacu, before arriving at the village of Serra di Scopamena and your room in a lovely chambres d'hotes for tonight.

18km, 6h30, +900m, -630m.

Day 5 - Serra de Scopamena to Ste Lucie de Tallano

As the path snakes through a chestnuts forest, you will notice an old mill that has been restored by the Corsican NaturalPark.  You will pass the River Rizzanese, the Col de Tavara, the village of Altagène, then through the hamlet of Saint Andrea di Talla before arriving at today’s destination: Santa Lucia de Tallano. This village is really invinting and full ofinterests. Such as a 15th century convent, tall granite houses, a restored olive mill and the possibility to purchase a wide variety of oils. You stay tonight in a superior room in a village house, dinner in a local restaurant.

10km, 4h00, +570m, -800m.

Day 6 - Ste Lucie de Tallano to Propriano

Passing the 12th century Roman chapel St-Jean-Baptiste, the path crosses the River Rizzanese. The following stop on our itinerary is Loreto di Tallano. This village was the setting of a famous novel written by Prosper Mérimée: the legendary Colomba, based on a true vendetta story. Impatience will mount as you get closer to the beckoning Mediterranean sea. You make your way towards the thermal spa of Baracci; the benefits of its waters have been known since antiquity. A great spot to have a soak and relax. At the end of today’s walk a short transfer is scheduled at 3 pm from Fozzano to Propriano, a coastal resort buzzing with atmosphere, street cafes and plenty of fish restaurants. Stay in a comfortable 3* seaside hotel on a B&B basis.

12km, 4h30, +710m, -720m.

Day 7 - Propriano

An easy going day today, to enjoy the beach, discover town or take a boat trip to discover the Valinco Golf and the tower at Campomoro. Stay in a comfortable 3* seaside hotel on a B&B basis.

Day 8 - Propriano

Your holiday ends after breakfast in Propriano.

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

Departures everyday from May until the end October.

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 : €990pp (May, June, September & October) €1010pp (July & August)

Supplements/Discounts

Single Supplements : €332pp (May, June, September & October) €299pp (July & August)
Private transfer Propriano to Ajaccio (1 to 3 persons) : from €100
Private transfer Propriano to Figari (1 to 3 persons) : from €150

Price includes

Accommodation on half board (days 2, 3, 4, 5) B&B (days 1, 6, 7), local internal transfers, luggage transfers, travel dossier with A4 copies of IGN maps and walking notes.

Price does not include

Reservation fee of €5pp, travel insurance, drinks, picnics, site visits and transfers to Porto Vecchio and from Levie, travel to Corsica.

Starts

At your hotel in Porto Vecchio, transfers available from Figari airport.

Ends

At your hotel in Propriano.

Access

Figari Airport or Porto Vecchio or Propriano Port. If you arrive into Ajaccio or Bastia, 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 room, please request at time of reservation.
  • Continental buffet style breakfast (tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter, jam).
  • Evening meals nights 2, 3, 4, 5, (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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Thank you for arranging our Corsica mountain walking - once again we really enjoyed it. The food at the Quenza hotel was particularly good. The San Lorenzu people were great fun and La Pignata was a nice luxurious final touch.