Walking and active holidays in Corsica

North Corsica - Citadels & Watchtowers

Drive 7 days / 6 nights

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Drive & Stroll - Various Walking Options
Comfortable 3* Hotels
Starting from 635 €
  • Lovely coastal walks to Genoese towers
  • Historic citadels and beautiful seaside drives
  • AVIS Car hire available
  • Cap Corse, Balagne & Golfe de Porto

This holiday takes in some areas of outstanding natural beauty, from the rugged and wild beauty of the remote Cap Corse, via the lively towns of St Florent & Calvi and then onto the majestic UNESCO World Heritage sites of the West Coast. At numerous points along the route there are walks to choose from, that let you to really experience the wonders of Corsica with ample opportunities for pictures. Jutting out of the Mediterranean, this fortress island has, over the centuries, been occupied and invaded by many including the Greeks, the Romans, the Genoese, the Pisans and the French. Standing witness to this are the many citadels and watchtowers that crown the headlands, defending the island from invaders.

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Day 1 - Cap Corse      

Arrive in Corsica and drive to the village of Erbalunga, on the Cap Corse north of Bastia, this will take between 30 mins & 3hrs, depending on your arrival airport. If you are travelling from Ajaccio, you could stop at Corte en route, the old capital of Corsica. Time to explore the village and her Genoese Watchtower or take a short walk from the village, up to the hamlets of Brando. On the drive up the coast you will pass a number of Genoese towers that protected Corsica from invaders. Stay at 3* Hotel, Maccinaggio, Corsica’s biggest yacht harbour,on a B&B Basis.

Day 2 - Cap Corse to St Florent

Take either the Customs officers path to the shattered Santa Maria tower, the walk is coastal and leads from the beach travelling around the headlands past the Iles Finocchiarola. It takes about 1h45 mins to reach the Genoese tower with views over to the Tuscan Archipeligo. Another option is climbing to the village of Rogliano to explore the many chapels, tours and an old mine, all with fantastic views to the coast. Following your walk you can drive around the Cap Corse, visiting Centuri port, the delightful perched village of Nonza with its square Paoline tower and black stone beach. Stay at 3* Hotel, St Florent on a B&B basis.

6km, 3h30, +75m, -75m.

Day 3 - St Florent to the Balagne

From St Florent you can either drive to the end of the town beach. From here a walk takes you into the mysterious Desert des Agriates, and along the coastal path to the Mortello tower. Nelson was so impressed by these solid Genoese towers, he ordered for some to be built on England’s south eastern coast to keep out the French! The walk takes in some superb coastal scenery finally reaching this shattered tower that posed  such a challenge for the British fleet. Following your walk into the Agriates, you drive across this remote area that was once the ‘basket’ of Corsica, to the Balagne region and the towns of Ile Rousse, and Genoese Calvi. Stay at 3* Hotel Calvi, on a B&B Basis.

5km, 2h30, +125m, -125m.

Day 4 - Calvi & La Balagne 

Calvi is a stunning seaside town, backed by high mountains the town is crowned by a Genoese Citadel, which is great to explore and frozen in time. We offer a walk around the coast of the Revelata peninsular. The walk has great views, well worth a photo of two and the landscape through which you travel is typical of the area.  You could also visit the chapel of Notre Dame de la Serra, a shorter walk of around 1 hour or drive to the village of Lumio and visit the abandoned village of Occi, with stunning views out over the bay from this lofty position. If you just want to relax, try Calvi’s 5km of white sandy bay, backed with Parasol Pines. 

11km/12km, 5h/4h30, +700m/+300m , -700m/-300m.

Day 5 - Piana and the West Coast 

The drive from Calvi down the west coast is one of the best you will ever do, simply beautiful! A picturesque, winding road takes you to  the sea at Galeria, before delving into the protected area that spreads along the West Coast. Today you have a couple of stunning walks prior to getting to Piana, either a long circular walk from the Col de la Croix to the remote seaside village of Girolata following the ‘postman’s path, (this can be shortened by a boat trip back towards Col de la Croix) or discover the Fango Valley, and the high mountains behind, follow the path to Manso, before looping back to Tuarelli. Stay at a 3* Hotel, Piana on a B&B basis. 

8.5km/10km, 3h/3h45, +270m/300m, - 270m/300m.          

Day 6 - Piana and the West Coast 

Today your have a couple of choices from Piana. Either travel to the village of Ota and take the old Transhumance path that climbs to the Genoese bridge at Zaglia, through the Spelunca gorge the path clings zig-zagging back and forth. Ota is a mountain village with a Mediterranean feel.  Another option is Capo Rosso and the Genoese tower, set out early to avoid the heat, the walk should not be underestimated. Should you prefer to take it easy, in Piana, why not just take one of the many shorter paths into the Calanches, the old mule path, a walk to the Chateau fort.   

8.5km, 3h, +300m, -300m.

Day 7 - Piana

Today you have the option of adding an extra night (as a supplement) onto your holiday, depending on your arrival airport you will either travel to Ajaccio, Bastia or Calvi. Car hire package ends 7 days after arrival.

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.

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 : €635pp (May, June, September & October) €745pp (July & August)   

Supplements/Discounts

This holiday requires a hire car.

Price includes

Accommodation on B&B basis, travel dossier with IGN maps and walking notes.

Price does not include

Reservation fee of €5pp, travel insurance, drinks, site visits and transfers not included in the program including travel to Corsica. Car hire available at a supplment.

Starts

Arrival Bastia, Calvi or Ajaccio

Ends

End of stay in Bastia, Calvi or Ajaccio

Access

Airports throughout Corsica Figari, Ajaccio or Bastia

Accommodation
  • Hotel 2 or 3*, in a twin/double room, please request at time of reservation.
  • Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter, jam).
  • Where staying on a B&B basis, there are restaurants to choose from nearby. Evening meals often based on local specialties, including a starter, a main course and a dessert.
  • Picnics can be purchased locally

Should you have any food allergies, special requests or dietry 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 drive & strolls

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 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.

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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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Excellent holiday, good value for money, we preferred the hotels in the quieter locations.