- August 13, 2016
I'm preparing to guide our brand-new Corsica Hiking trip, beginning September 11th. I can't wait to get back to one of the world's most spectacular places, and certainly one of the world's top hiking destinations.
- Hotels, restaurants, minivan rental: check
- Preparations for two days of reconnaissance for hikes I haven't done yet: check
- getting excited: check indeed
Corsica is largely unknown as a hiking destination outside of Europe, but attracts adventurers from all over the world to hike along its trails. One thing is for certain: there is no such thing as easy hiking in Corsica, and the level of difficulty tends to be graded on a scale of its own, notably tougher than in other regions. But as long as you're reasonably fit, and used to rocky trails, Corsica is a playground of hiking possibilities. Most famous is the GR20 hiking path: a 14-day trek from refuge to refuge along the spine of the mountains, and often touted as the most difficult and grueling trek in Europe.
But there are many other tamer possibilities, and still offering spectacular sea and mountain views everywhere you look: rivers of emerald green waters with natural pools, snow-capped peaks, pristine mountain lakes, lost medieval villages, spectacular forests, breathtaking coastal paths etched into the rock... you get the picture.
There's all the beauty you'd find in the Alps, all of the natural beauty of the French Riviera, and everything in between, and all preserved from the excessive building and tourism you'd find in similarly beautiful locations.
I hesitate to say that it's the most beautiful hiking destination I've ever been to, because of the whole apples/oranges dilemma. And I still haven't seen that much of the world. But I'd bet good money that after having been to Corsica, most people would put it near or at the top of their lists, too...