Day 1 - Calvi to Bonifatu
Morning transfer from Calvi to Calenzana. Start to the walking, taking a small mule track that climbs from the village of Calenzana, also part of the famouts GR20 to the fontaine d’Ortiventi from where we have a great view over the Balagne villages. You then drop down on a track that crosses the forest of Sambuccu, once used by the Genoese for their naval constructions. After crossing the bridge over the Figarella we can see the Auberge in the forest and your stop for tonight.
10km, 4h30, +540m, -300m.
Day 2 - Bonifatu to Galeria
From Bonifatu you follow a forest track that is known as the Chemin de Ronde, that gently climbs towards the south-west. You walk through a forest of maritime pines and oak trees before crossing the col at the Bocca di Bocassa and dropping gently down to arrive at Tuarelli rock pools, the perfect place for a laze on the sun baked rocks and a swim. A taxi transfer at the end of the day will take you to Galeria, your stop for the night.
14km, 6h30, +730m, -1170m.
Day 3 - Galeria to Girolata
You will not see your bag tonight so make sure you have all you need for tonight in your day pack. The path today is simply beautiful and you will have remarkable views over the gulf of Girolata, the Genoese tower and the red granite cliffs of Scandola reserve. Sections along the ridge will provide a challenge before reaching the your stop for tonight at the picturesque harbour of Girolata. The accommodation in Girolata.
11km, 6h00, +750m, -780m.
Day 4 - Girolata to Bussaglia
From Girolata's beach, you follow the postman’s path that runs alongside the coast, to Col de la Croix. From here you leave the Mare e Monti and continue down to the coast to walk along magnificent ridge path in a south-westerly direction - this path offers beautiful views – perhaps some of the best in Corsica - an explosion of colours and fantastic landscapes. Tonight’s stop is in Bussaghia.
17km, 7h00, +950m, -950m.
Day 5 - Bussaglia to Ota
The San Petru forest track leads up to a rocky escarpment, an ideal vantage point from which to contemplate the Gulf of Porto and the surrounding area. Pass by a chestnut drying facility before descending into the Vitrone ravine, hemmed in by imposing walls of red porphyry. Stop at Ota, a superb little village. Overnight in Ota.
10.5km, 7h00, +1180m, -860m.
Day 6 - Ota to Evisa
The route leads through the Gorges de la Spelunca to the confluence of the Aïtone and Tavulella rivers, crossing the Genoese bridge at Zaglia, before returning to the village of Evisa. You can then extend your hike to the natural pools in the Aïtone forest. Overnight in Evisa.
15km, 6h30, +950m, -400m.
Day 7 - Evisa to Cargèse
At 8am, transfer to the start of the hike in Marignana. The path rises above the Fiuminale valley, offering beautiful views in the shade of the chestnut trees. It then continues to Revinda, criss-crossing the Vaccarecciu chestnut grove. Transfer after the hike from Revinda to Cargèse. Night in Cargèse.
15km, 6h30, +500m, -780m.
Day 8 - End of stay in Cargèse
End of holiday in Cargese, extra nights and transfers to Ajaccio available, please ask for details.
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