Walk one of Corsica’s classic long-distance treks with the comfort of luggage transportation
Well-marked walking trails following sparkling coastlines, plunging gorges and pristine forests
Discover Corsica’s untamed mountainous interior
Stunning views over the Calanches de Piana, A UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Mare a Mare North is a classic coast-to-coast hiking trail and one of the very best walking tours in Corsica. This version starts in the mountain stronghold of Corte and the lush green forests of the Castagniccia and the Boziu at the very heart of the island.
From there, you will face some more challenging mountain trails across the untamed region of Niolu, with its pretty villages, before eventually reaching the west coast and the outstandingly beautiful Gulf of Porto. Along the way you will have opportunities to bathe in the numerous crystal-clear rock pools, as you make your way across numerous mountain streams. Your trek finishes in the village of Piana, perched high above the Golfe de Porto. The stunning sea cliffs Les Calanque de Piana has been named a UNESCO world heritage site due to its outstanding natural beauty.
This trip has been especially designed for those who wish to make the most out of their walking holiday amidst Corsica’s magnificent landscapes with the comfort of having their luggage transported along the way.
|7 DAY TOUR||From €629 per person sharing*
*For safety reasons, this trip is unfortunately not available to solo walkers.
|ACCOMMODATION||4 nights in gîtes (shared bedroom and bathroom), 2 nights in 3-star hotel.
Option of three additional nights in a double room: €75 supplement pp.
|LUGGAGE TRANSPORTATION||Your main bag will be transferred by vehicle every day, except for day 2, as the refuge cannot be reached by road. On this night you will not have access to your main bag and so on that day you should carry with you anything you may need. For the rest of the trek you just need to carry your personal belongings (camera, wallet etc) and your picnic for the day.|
|AVAILABILITY||You can start your trip on any day of the week (subject to availability) from May to the end of September.|
Day 1: Arrival in Corte
You will begin your holiday in Corte, the historical capital of Corsica, and settle into your hotel in the afternoon. Corte is a very scenic 2-hour train journey from Bastia.
Overnight: 3* hotel in Corte on bed & breakfast basis
Day 2: From Corte to the Refuge de la Sega
Approx. walking time: 5½ hrs. | Ascent: 980 m. | Descent: 484 m.
Leaving the centre of Corte, head up the Tavignano gorge which offers fantastic views back down towards Corte. After crossing the Tavignano river, you will have your first opportunity to bathe in the waters. Continue up the gorge and into the pine forests towards the refuge, where you will find some incredible pools for swimming, if you can brave the cool mountain waters!
Overnight: Refuge de la Sega
Day 3: From Refuge de la Sega to Calacuccia
Approx. walking time: 4 hrs. | Ascent: 518 m. | Descent: 869 m.
Today, you will walk to Calacuccia, a village in the heart of the central region of Niolu. This is a day for admiring the mountains and enjoying exceptional views. Calacuccia itself is located high on a south-facing slope at the head of the valley, with the Cinto Massif looming behind and the Calacuccia lake stretching out below.
Day 4: From Calacuccia to the Col de Vergio
Approx. walking time: 6 hrs. | Ascent: 900 m. | Descent: 554 m.
After crossing the Niolu region you will reach the Col de Vergio, an old ski resort. The surrounding forest and the panoramic views will help to make the ascent more agreeable!
Overnight: Col de Vergio
Day 5: From the Col de Verghio to Ota
Approx. walking time: 6½ hrs. | Ascent: 600 m. | Descent: 1500 m.
After the Col, you will descend through a chestnut forest. This trek takes you through the mountain village of Evisa, the chestnut capital of Corsica. Corsica is famous for its chestnuts, which are used to make local foodstuffs including flour, cake and beer! From Evisa, it is a fantastic walk, descending into the Spelunca gorge through dense forests of chestnut and holm oak, where you will walk on tracks and bridges constructed by the Genoese, before heading back up to Ota.
Day 6: From Ota to Piana
Approx. walking time: 5 hrs. | Ascent: 950 m. | Descent: 800 m.
Following an ancient mule track, this path leads you to the Calanques of Piana, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. En route you will have several exceptional views of the Gulf of Porto.
Overnight in Piana
Day 7: Departure
The trip ends after your breakfast in Piana. If you would like to book additional nights in Piana, Calvi or Bastia then just let us know at the time of booking.
Getting to Corte
|The most convenient airport to fly into is Bastia.|
|You can also take a ferry from Nice (5 hrs) or Livorno (4 hrs approx.) Info and tickets available from Direct Ferries.|
|From Bastia you can either take the airport shuttle bus to the Bastia train station, or you can take a taxi. It takes about 30 minutes, depending on the traffic. From Bastia train station, it is a very scenic 2-hour direct train journey to Corte.|
Departure from Piana
|Transfers can be arranged to Calvi, from where there is a direct train (3½ hrs) to Bastia. We recommend adding a night in Calvi. Please enquire at the time of booking if you would like to do this.|