Walking and active holidays in Corsica

GR20 Vizzavona to Conca

Self guided walking 8 days / 7 nights

Level 1 2 3 4

Point to Point - 6 days walking
Camping, Simple Refuges & Shepherds Cabins
Starting from 530 €
  • The complete Southern section of the GR20
  • Luggage transfers available
  • Long challenging ridge walks
  • GR20 - Vizzavona, Bavella, Conca

New for 2023 - This version of half the GR20 is for those wanting to do the whole of the southern section of the GR20, from Vizzavona to Conca. The trail follows the high barrier of granite mountains that divide the island diagonally into two parts, it is about 100 km long. You have the option of carrying all your gear and we make the reservations for your food and accommodation. Alternatively, we can provide you with a luggage service which delivers your luggage at fixed points along the trek.

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Day 1 - Vizzavona

Vizzavona is a huge forest with a small hamlet and train station.  It is considered the mid way point for the GR20.  It is also a famous col that separates the two counties of Corsica, if you arrive early we offer a walk up the GR20 to the Cascade des Anglais. Stay in a Gite at Vizzavona.

Day 2 - Vizzavona to Capanelle

Vizzavona is a huge forest with a small hamlet and train station.  It is considered the mid way point for the GR20.  It is also a famous col that separates the two counties of Corsica.  From the col, a forest trail leads up through the beach woods to Bocca Palmente 1650m.  On a clear day you can see the islands of Elba and Caprai. 

14km, 5h30, +1000m, -320m.

Day 3 - Capanelle to Col de Verde

After Capanelle a forest route crosses the massif of Renoso and the plateau of Gialgone. The trail is in the shade of the Laricio pines passing bergeries along the way. Stay in a Gite at Col de Verde.

13km, 5h00, +400m, -710m.

Day 4 - Col de Verde to Usciolu

Setting out from Col de Verde, it’s uphill right from the start.  You walk steeply up through the forest to gain the ridge line above.  As soon as you reach the ridge you can enjoy looking down on the Eastern side of the island.  You soon reach the refuge of Prati situated on a small plateau area.  Continue on to a higher ridge that will take you to the next refuge.  You have the East coast on one side and the valley of Taravo on the other, with small  villages dotted below.  Your night stop, Usciolu, is situated just below the ridge line.  Stay at a Park Refuge.

15km, 7h30, +1250 m, -850m.

Day 5 - Usciolu to Coscione plateau

From the refuge you make the short walk back up to the ridge line.  The ridge is roughly at 1800m, the trail topples from one side to the other.  You have to go slowly, the views are amazing, one minute you’re looking at the Tyrrhénienne sea and then you have views towards the mountainous interior.  You finally come off the ridge line, drop down through a dwarf oak forest and head towards  the spongy plains of the Cusciounu plateau for your nights stop at Croci. Camp or Stay in a Shepherds Cabin.

13km, 5h00, +600m, -820m.

Day 6 - Coscione to Bavella

From the green fertile plains you head uphill towards the ridge line and the col called Bocca Chiralba. Aiming for the ridge of the Alcudini, this is the highest mountain in the south section.   The GR20 heads down the other side of the ridge dropping down to the Asinau Valley.  You cross the river then head into the shade of the forest.  After a couple of hours on the flat, you pull steeply up to the ‘Alpine Variant.’ The trail passes by the foot of the high  needles that have made Bavella famous. It’s a high concentration trail, rough underfoot all the way to the col de Bavella. Stay in a Gite.

14km, 8h00, +780m, -1110m.

Day 7 - Bavella to Conca

A great last day, setting out from Bavella, a trail winds through the woods to Paliri refuge.  You won’t be disappointed with the beauty of this stage, it’s the last one but by no means any less dramatic. You can enjoy a spot of lunch at Paliri before continuing on to Conca for a well earned rest. This stage is a superb jumble of rock and pine and water. From Paliri to Conca you can just reflect on the section behind you and you approach the East coast. End of holiday on arrival in Conca. Taxi transfers available.

18km, 7h30, +400m, -1350m.

This itinerary is an example of the itinerary we aim to adhere to, correct at time of publication. Should situations arise that are beyond our control, such as severe weather conditions, or other factors that could put your safety at risk, it may be possible for the itinerary to be modified.

Departure every Sunday from May to mid September. 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 : €530pp

Supplements/Discounts

Hotel Upgrade (1 night Vizzavona) : €50pp
Luggage support: from €620 based on 2 travelling

Price includes

Accommodation on full board (nights 1 to 6), picnic day 7, travel dossier with A4 copies of IGN maps and walking notes and GR20 pocket map. PLEASE NOTE some of these documents cannot be sent by file transfer.

Price does not include

Reservation fee of €5pp, travel insurance, drinks, picnic day 1, transfers to Vizzavona, travel to Corsica.

Starts

At your accommodation in Vizzavona at 14h.

Ends

At Conca after your last hike, around 15h.

Access

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

Accommodation
  • Simple Gites & Park Refuges, in dormitories or camping at refuges (showers and WC facilities are limited).
  • Simple Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, milk, longlife bread, butter, jam).
  • Evening meals (based on local specialties - a starter, soup or smoked meats, main course or pasta or rice with a sauce, cheese, a fruit or a sweet pudding.).
  • Picnics (please bring a tupperware for rice, pasta, lentils, couscous salad)

Should you have any food allergies, special requests or dietary requirements, please advise at time of booking. Food is limited for vegetarians, and special diets cannot be accommodated due to the remoteness of the trek.

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

Tough The walks are long between 6-9 hours a day, maybe more. You can expect steep uphill and downhill sections with maybe up to 1000m altitude gain some days. The temperatures will range and weather conditions can be severe. You are fit and have good trekking experience. See our level ratings.

PLEASE NOTE THIS WALK IS VERY TESTING, YOU NEED TO BE SURE FOOTED AND HAVE APPROPRIATE SCRAMBLING EXPERIENCE. YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW TO PLACE YOUR FEET ON ROCKY GROUND.

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

During this trek you will carry a 35-45 litre rucksack with a water bottle, sun and wet weather gear, camera, tupperware with picnic, trailfood, all your overnight gear including knife, fork, etc, washbag, clean items of clothing, and sleeping bag. On the luggage transfer option, your follow on bag is transported by vehicle to Bavella, Coscione, Col de Verde, Capanelle & Vizzavona in the South. There are fresh water springs en route so you do not have to be weighed down with litres of water.