Day 1 - Corte & Tavignano Gorge
This walking holiday starts in the island’s historic capital, Corte. The rocky citadel dominates the town, and after dropping your bags at the hotel, you can take a walk around the old town, to discover the sights of this atmospheric place. Corte is situated on two magical gorges - the Tavignano and Restonica. The Tavignano offers a walk along an old mule path, a route used by shepherds into the isolated Niolu region and it makes for stunning walking. Steep cliffs rise up above the pounding torrent and numerous rock pools allow you to cool off in summer. Stay in 3* Hotel du Nord, Corte on a B&B basis. For late arrivals onto the island, nights in Ajaccio, Calvi or Bastia also available, please ask for details.
12km, 4h30, +340m, -310m.
Day 2 - Restonica Gorge & Lacs de Melo & Capitello
High up the majestical Restonica Gorge, a well trodden path leads from 1300m at the Bergeries de Grotelle up to the Lac de Melo. The path leads through the rocky landscape, and is made easier by two sets of metal steps and chains. You arrive at a large and very beautiful apple shaped, glacier lake surrounded by spongy grass. You can press on higher on a steeper path to the abruptly contrasting Lac de Capitello, the deepest mountain lake on the island. Sheer sheets of granite plunge into its depths and there are little traces of vegetation. From your hotel catch a transfer to the start of the walk (OUT 9h, BACK 15h & 17h). At the end of your walk, a little hut sells refreshments, the perfect place relax. Stay at a 3*Hotel, in Corte on a B&B basis.
6km, 4h30, +600m, -600m.
Day 3 - Lac de Nino
Following a transfer into the heart of the island, the Niolu, transfer, today you are taking part of the GR20 to the stunning lac de Nino. After a hard climb, the walk opens to wide views across the high massifs of this part of the island. The trail drops down to the lake situated at 1743m, a lovely, sheltered bucolic spot, surrounded by a green spongy peat pastures, with runnels of water and wells. The return walk heads straight on along a beautiful ridge with views to the sea and to your mountain lodge for tonight, Castel di Vergio, where you stay on Half Board basis at the foot of the Paglia Orba.
17km, 7h00, +875m, -875m.
Day 4 - Golu & Bergeries de Radule
From Vergio you can do this simply stunning mountain walk into the high Golo valley to the Radule bergeries along part of the GR20. The walk is distinctly alpine with opportunities to swim and stunning vistas of the mountains, bergeries and shepherds at the foot of the Paglia Orba. The GR20 trail follows the Golu valley, crossing the mountain torrent above the waterfall then the walk loops back to the forest and the hotel at Castel di Vergio and your hotel for the night.
10km, 3h00, +300m /-300m
Day 5 - Forêt d'Aitone
The Col de Vergio is a high mountain pass, the views are majestic; high peaks loom above. The trail goes down hill through the pines of the Aïtone forest to the outskirts of Evisa. You will pass rock pools and and then arrive at the chestnut woods with roaming pigs that mark your approach to the village. You will arrive in the centre of Evisa, a vibrant mountain village with a healthy climate before heading to the Auberge style Hôtel Aitone.
11.5km, 5h00, +80m, -720m
Day 6 - Calanches de Piana
This Calanche is classed by UNESCO a site of world beauty. The path today leads you to an area of immense natural beauty where you will discover an incredible site of red granite needles, tortured shapes and rock sculpted formations dotted with maritime pine trees. The walk climbs to the Bocca Piazza and afords you panoramic views of the Golfe de Porto from the foot of the Capo d'Orto mountain, a high peak so close to the sea. Stay 3* Hotel in Piana, on a BB basis.
11km, 4h00, +475m, -475m.
Day 7 - Piana
End of holiday in Piana, extra nights and transfers to Ajaccio or Calvi available, please ask for details.
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