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. We transfer you to the trailhead at Alzu di Gallina, from here you climb to the Ospedale forest to the village perched high above Porto Vecchio altitude. 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.
15km, 5h00, +1130m.
Day 3 - Ospedale to Levie
The path leads swiftly up away from to the hamlet of Cartalavonu, then onto 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 to Zonza for the night.
12km, 5h00, +670m, -1120m.
Day 4 – Zonza to Aullene
The trail leads out of the village, 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, at the edge of the Coscione plateau before reaching the Bocca d'Arria Perroza.
13km, 4h00, +500m, -450m.
Day 5 - Aullene to Ste Lucie de Tallano
From Aullene you arrive at the panoramic Cuircupula bronze ages site and down to the village of Serra di Scopamene. As the path snakes through a chestnuts forest, you will notice an old mill that has been restored by the Corsican Natural Park. 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 village auberge, dinner at 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. Night in a 3* seaside hotel in Propriano
12km, 4h30, +710m, -720m.
Day 7 – Propriano
End of holiday in Propriano, extra nights and transfers 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.