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Best of Corsica walking holidays: Calvi-Corte-Porto

Best of Corsica walking holidays: Calvi-Corte-Porto

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You explore Corsica, the Isle of Beauty, from Calvi to Porto, by Corte : a wonderful hike across Corsica, and its history, with the besthikes of northern Corsica.
From the citadel of Calvi walk up the first hills and mountains that offer incredible vantage points of both the surrounding area and its incredible landscape but also over the sea. Walk up to the heartland of Corsica and get to remote Corte, the historic and cultural capital city of the Independent Republic of Corsica and of the Anglo-Corsican kingdom. Finally, walk down from the heart of Corsica and its mountainous landscape and get to Porto, a relaxed and slow-paced coastal city. The incredible Calanches of Piana just by, wander in one of the most majestic and iconic area of Corsica.
Between thrilling walks, authentic experiences and wonderful areas, Corsica might well be the perfect walking holidays !

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  • Walk options from Moderate to Challenging
  • The best places in Corsica from the sandy beaches of Calvi to the wild mountain lakes of Corte and the must see calanches of Piana
  • Experience best of both sea & mountain walks, with the best hiking spots 
  • Coastal walks along the turquoise sea, with great swimming opportunities
  • Follow trails to blue mountain lakes, glittering natural pools and shepherds’ huts
    Emerald waters of the Restonica gorge
  • Strolling through Corte, one of the "must" historic places to stay in Corsica
  • Piana one of the most beautiful villages of Corsica, and the famous Piana Calanches
  • Girolata small fishermen’s village accessible only by foot or boat
  • 2 picnics included

Day 1

Your arrival in Calvi

  • Calvi
  • Arrival on your own in Calvi. Night in Calvi

  • ACCESS to Calvi  
    . Airport  : regular flights to Corsica and also low-cost airlines sometimes from Paris , Nice or Marseille  
    . Corsica ferry : regular ferry from Nice and Marseille
    . Train : trains from Bastia and Ajaccio: schedules here
      
  • We recommend : have an extra night in Calvi and explore its beautiful citadel perched on a rocky spur, its pretty cobbled streets. You will enjoy the great views of the coast, and the beaches nearby. A great combination of historical centre, traditions and beaches ! 
    Contact us !

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 15 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 220m
      - 220m

Revellata lighthouse coastal walk

  • Calvi > Revelata lighthouse > Calvi (4 hours to 5 hours - 9.3 miles)
  • The walk : Moderate loop walk to the Revellata lighthouse. There are some rocky sections and you may need to use a carefully placed hand or two as you negotiate the jagged coastline path. 
  • Today’s walk takes you along the "Sentier du Littoral", the path set along the bar rock and follows the jagged coastline.  You discover the peninsula and its secluded little beaches perfect for a swim. Do not miss one of the best seafood restaurants accessible only by foot "le Mar a Beach" ! You return to this same spot after completing the loop around the Revellata. From the Revellata Lighthouse you will be able to enjoy the Mediterranean and surrounding mountains. Return to Calvi along a path on the top of the peninsula.
  • Night in the centre of Calvi
  • Market every morning in Calvi

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 9 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 250m
      - 250m

Panoramic view from Notre Dame de Serra chapel

  • Calvi > Notre Dame de Serra chapel > Calvi (3 hours - 5.6 miles).
  • The walk : Easy to Moderate loop. The path is mostly easy underfoot with some rocky sections.
  • OPTION 1 - Moderate - 9km - 3h - +250m/-250m 
    You leave Calvi center by foot,  and you follow a sandy and rocky path, with views behind you of the bay of Calvi, and climb up to "Notre Dame de Serra" chapel.  There, you enjoy the stunning views of the bay of Calvi before taking a long and winding sandy track back down to the plains, and into the heart of Calvi.
  • OPTION 2 - Challenging - 15km - 5h30 - +720m/-720m 
    This option climbs steeply, and on rocky (if not Alpine) terrain towards Capu di a Veta: the Austrian Cross. Though the view from the top is the same – of Calvi’s bay – at 700m in altitude, the wow factor jumps up considerably. The return of the challenging walk option remains up on a crest, winding to the east with views over Calvi’s airport.
  • Night in the centre of Calvi. 

Day 4

Free day in Calvi and Porto

  • Calvi > Corte
  • Today is a free day in Calvi and Corte. You can enjoy Calvi and the beaches .. and even have an extra relaxing night in Calvi ! 
    You transfer from Calvi to Corte (not included) on your own.
  • Corte is the historic capital of Corsica, a cultural and political centre, set against a backdrop of incredible mountain scenery. Once you arrive in Corte there is a 10-15 mins walk to your hotel right in the town centre. Take the time to meander through the town’s authentic streets. 
  • Night in Corte

  • Transfer options:
    . Train Calvi > Corte-Corti : 2h30 ride, around 20€ pp, 1 direct train ( with 1 train change on the way) - Line Calvi - Ajaccio (tickets can be bought directly at the train station)
    . Taxi Calvi > Corte : Taxi ride is around 1h30, fare from 200€ to 300€. Contact us
  • Market every Friday morning in Calvi

Day 5

    • Distance :
    • 13 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 350m
      - 350m

Emerald coloured waters of of the Tavignano gorges

tavignano hike

  • Corte > Tavignano gorges > Corte (4 hours - 8 miles)
  • The walk: It’s a stunning walk, remaining in the Tavignano valley, and following the Mare a Mare path that crosses the width of Corsica. 
  • OPTION 1 - Moderate - 12km - 4h - +350m / -350m
    You leave by foot from the village of Corte, before heading out on your hike. You’re in the heart of the wilderness as soon as you leave the centre of Corte. The path is always easy underfoot, easy to follow, and cobbled most of the way. There are no steep climbs or descents, and the route follows the Mare a Mare path above the left bank of the Tavignano river before entering the high mountains. As you penetrate further into the gorge, the scenery becomes more and more dramatic. Reaching the Russulino footbridge, you can enjoy a picnic and a swim in the natural pools before returning along the same path.
  • OPTION 2 - Challenging 
    For the most ambitious of hikers, you can continue along the path as long as you wish .. in the direction of the "A Sega refuge" ( some five and a half hours beyond Corte on this path..)
  • Night in Corte.

Day 6

    • Distance :
    • 4 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 330
      - 330

Lake Melo : amazing hike in Corsica

melo lake trip + hiking in Corsica + hike

  • Picnic included
  • Bergerie Grotelle > Lake Melo > Bergerie Grotelle (  2 hours 30 - 2.5 miles)
  • The walk set in an Alpine environment, with steep paths including “easy” scrambling passages with chains and ladders
  • Important: It is worthwhile to begin the hike early in the morning to avoid the crowds, and enjoy the stillness of the lakes. If starting early enough, you can eventually enjoy lunch in one of the two “bergeries” - sheepfold, 30 minutes before the end, or at the end itself.
  • OPTION 1 - Moderate - Melo Lake - 4km - 2h30 - +330m / -330m
    Short transfer (30min) to the start of your walk. The walk begins at 1 370 meters in altitude, at the Bergerie de la Grotelle (known for their charcuteries…). The walk climbs steadily up the valley on a rocky path to the first lake: Lac di Melo. A peaceful, with lots of places to enjoy a break or picnic lunch. Walk back to the Bergerie of Grotelle.
  • OPTION 2 - Challenging - Melo + Capitello lakes - 6.5 km - 4h - +550m / -550m
    With a little more effort, you can continue climbing up to the second mountain lake: Lac de Capitello, possibly even more majestic, it’s cliffs soaring vertically towards the skies, perfectly reflected in its still waters. It’s a sort-of-out-and-back walk, with a small variation on your return from Lac de Melo, on the right bank of the river.      
  • Transfer back to your hotel.
  • Night in Corte

Day 7

Transfer from Corte to Porto

  • Today you have to arrange your transfer from Corte to Porto (not included) . You have two options: 
  • Option 1 – Direct transfer with no hike (not included) 
    To get to Porto you can either :
    . take the train from Corte to Ajaccio and take a bus from Ajaccio to Porto. Schedule here.
    . Or take a taxi : 2-hour-ride to get to Porto. Price: from 210 to 290 €uros
    . and enjoy Porto and the seaside ! 
  • Option 2 – Moderate walk (start La Chatagneraie) on the way down to Porto (not included) 
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    Transfer from Corte to La Chataigneraie (1h45) that is located on the road to Porto
    . Moderate walk La Chataigneraie (chestnut) > Evisa  ( 9km - 3h30, +50m/-600m)
    . The walk begins in the chestnut forest: a 15-minute walk into Evisa. From Evisa you plunge down 600m in altitude on a winding, cobbled path to the otherworldly Spelunca gorge, where natural pools and centuries-old Genoese bridges await your visit. Take the time to rest by the waters and restore some energy before climbing under the shade of olive trees and into the village of Ota. 
    . Transfer from Ota to Porto. . Contact us if you are interested. 
  • Night in Porto by the seaside 

  • We recommend : plan an extra night in Porto ! Your hotel is located by the seaside. You will enjoy having a relaxing day by the Med sea between your hikes ..

Day 8

    • Distance :
    • 10 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 500m
      - 475m

The Calanche di Piana: a world heritage site

  • Piana > Calanche de Piana > Piana (4hours - 6.2miles)
  • The walk : The walk takes you inland on a rugged track though the forested valley, climbing steadily and steeply. 
  • Option 1 -  Moderate - 10km - 4h - +500m / -475m
    Starting in the village of Piana, take the time to explore the village before setting off on your hike: Piana is listed among the most beautiful villages in France. You walk onto an ancient mule path that hovers high above the sea, with fantastic views of the granite pinnacles of the Calanches de Piana, the coastline is at its most spectacular: blood-red stone pinnacles jutting out of the sea and soaring hundreds of meters into the skies, creating a chaos of giant granite structures carved by the waters and the winds. Your hike goes through the heart of these structures, called the Calanches de Piana. 
  • Option 2 -  Challenging - Capu d'Orto - 15km - 6h - +900m / -875m
    For those who would like to reach the summit Capu d’Orto, the forest quickly gives way to bare rock, and it isn’t long before spectacular sea vistas open. A steep and sun-exposed climb to the summit is rewarded by awe-inspiring 360° views, including much of Corsica’s west coast. At 1300m in altitude and only 3km from the coastline, Capu d’Orto is one of the best vantage spots on the entire island. Not all is lost if you choose not to complete the out-and-back to Capu d’Orto: our return journey remains on a scenic crest with sea views and then enters a centuries-old chestnut forest.
  • Transfer from the end of your walk back to Porto.
  • Night in Porto

Day 9

    • Distance :
    • 9km
    • Elevation :
    • + 50m
      - 600m

Coastal walk to Girolata emerald waters and beaches

  • Col de la Croix > Girolata > Col de la Croix (4 hours - 6miles )
  • The walk: From the Col de la Croix pass, at just over 200m, you descend gradually on a partially shaded path that follows the coastline. This is the "Sentier du Facteur", the path that Guy, the mailman, used every day to deliver the mail to Girolata, a village only accessible by foot or by boat.
  • Transfer to the start of your walk.
  • Option 1 - Challenging - Curzo > Col de la Croix > Girolata - 17km, 6h, +150/-1300m
    The full walk from the village of Curzo takes you on a steep climb up to a stunning ridgeline from where much of Corsica’s western coastline is at your feet. You descend the ridgeline in question to the Col de la Croix road pass, where the "Moderate level" walk begins. The initial climb from the village of Curzo up to the crest is steep and sun-exposed.   
  • Option 2 - Moderate - Col de la Croix > Girolata - 9km, 4h, +50/-600m
    The walk takes you on the famed "sentier du facteur" – literally the “mailman’s path” – the path Guy the mailman took every day to deliver the mail to the village of Girolata, lost in time, only accessible by foot or by boat. At the remote Tuara beach you can take a secluded dip before taking a path etched into the rocky coastline to Girolata. Plenty of restaurants there, and a second great swim in the Med sea ! You return to Tuara beach in a loop via the "Mare e Monti" trail (another dip!) and then retrace your steps up to the Col de la Croix, start of your walk
  • Transfer back to Porto
  • Night in Porto

Day 10

End of your corsica holidays !

  • End of your trip after breakfast in Porto. Bye Bye Corsica ...

  • RETURN from Porto:
    . Train : Corte > Calvi or Corte > Bastia or Corte > Ajaccio  - Schedules here.
    . Bus Porto > Ajaccio (2 hours 10) - Schedules 
    . Airport  : regular flights and low-cost airlines from Calvi, Ajaccio, Bastia to Paris, Nice or Marseille  
    . Corsica ferry : regular ferry to Nice and Marseille

  • SELF GUIDED TOUR : 
    - The rates are per person, based on a double-bedded room (1 bed) 
    - Sup for a twin-bedded room (2 beds) in some hotels 
  • GUIDED DAY - A fixed rate: the price is the same from 1 to 4 participants with one guide 
     The rate for the guided day remains the same no matter if you are 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 persons 
  • BOTH are subject to availability
  • Go to the TRIP INFO section below :
    - to check the minimum person BASIS of this trip
    - to check the single room ( 1 pers. ) supplement
    - if you're travelling SOLO: please contact us

Sup per period
    • Unavailable
    • Low
    • Medium + 50€
    • High + 100€
    • Very high + 180€

Choose your level of comfort according to your wish & budget !

> For a single room ( 1 pers. ) a single supplement will be charged
> See in our TRIP INFO section
> Keep in mind that your trip is always subject to availability

  • Hotel Il Tramonto ** - Calvi

    Hotel Il Tramonto ** - Calvi

    The Hotel IL TRAMONTO **is a family-run establishment, with a friendly atmosphere, recently renovated and carefully redecorated and equipped with air-conditioning. 

    Located on the coast road to Porto, in front of the sea and the magnificent point of Révellata, it is only 700 meters away from the city center of Calvi and of its majestic citadel.

  • Hotel du Nord *** - Corte

    Hotel du Nord *** - Corte

    Ideally located in the heart of the city, Hôtel du Nord is the oldest hotel in Corte, recently renovated.

    Located on the main street of Corte, Hôtel du Nord is just a few minutes from the famous valleys of Tavignanu and Restonica. The Corsican Museum, the Citadelle and train station are also close by. 

  • Hotel Ideal ** - Porto

    Hotel Ideal ** - Porto

    Located in the heart of the village of Porto, the Hotel Ideal is located at 10 minutes walking from the beach.
    The hotel has a beautiful view on the Gulf of Porto and its Genovese towers.
    You will enjoy the outdoor swimming pool and the air-conditioned rooms with views on the sea or mountains.

  • Hotel Mariana *** - Calvi

    Hotel Mariana *** - Calvi

    The hotel welcomes you in a cosy and family atmosphere.The rooms have been newly refurbished and redecorated.

    Located at the top of a hill, the hotel has an ideal position in Calvi : 5mn walking from the city center. The panaromic rooftop gives you an exceptionnal vantage point over the bay of Calvi. 

    You will enjoy the swimming pool, and the spa.

  • Hotel Duc de Padoue *** - Corte

    Hotel Duc de Padoue *** - Corte

    The Hotel Duc de Padue is a comfort hotel, located in the heart of the city of Corte Citadel. You will enjoy the warm welcome. 

  • Hotel Kalliste *** - Porto

    Hotel Kalliste *** - Porto

    Located in the heart of Piana, by the sea and just 200 metres from creeks of Piana, the Hotel Kalliste is a 3* hotel with a great panoramic outdoor swimming pool.

    You will enjoy its terrace and garden, and its on-site bar overlooking the gulf of Porto and its genovese tower.

  • Hotel Saint Christophe *** - Calvi

    Hotel Saint Christophe *** - Calvi

    The 3* hotel Saint Christophe is located nearby the city centre of Calvi, with a great view on the citadel, and a swimming pool overlooking the Med sea.

    Near the center of Calvi, you have the most beautiful beaches in Corsica !

  • Hotel Si Mea *** - Corte

    Hotel Si Mea *** - Corte

    The Hotel Si Mea is a 3 stars mansion house, from the 30's, unique for its architecture, located at 10 minutes walk from the town center.

    You will enjoy the swimming pool, and the breathtaking view on the two valleys Restonica and Tavignano and on Corte and its citadel.

  • Hotel Costa Rossa *** - Porto

    Hotel Costa Rossa *** - Porto

    The hotel Costa Rossa is a 3* hotel located 300 m from Porto costal town centre, and 700 m from Porto Beach.
    All rooms have its private terrace with a panoramic view, and equipped with air-conditioning.
    You will enjoy the outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a eucalyptus forest.

The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. basis and subject to availability

  • Most prices are based on a 2-person booking ( with shared accommodation for a hotel)
  • You will be able to select the exact number of traveller(s) when completing your reservation form
  • If you're travelling SOLO : please contact us
CHALLENGING walking option 
  • CHALLENGING walking option 
    On some walks, we give you the possibility to choose a more challenging walk
  • Walking level: It is is suitable only for those with hiking experience on mountainous and jagged terrain. 
    Please be aware that this option is for experienced walkers and the level of difficulty of the itineraries can be strenuous: more distance, more elevation gain and some stages during which certain skills may be required. 
  • if you are interested, please contact us
    You can also refer to our page dedicated to difficulty levels here.
Order your trip's GPS FILES !
  • You can order the GPS FILES of your cycling trip
  • So you can track every turn and mile you pedal using your smartphone or your own GPS device .
  • Sup of 25 €uros
  • IMPORTANT : select just 1 GPS fee for 1 traveller
Repatriation insurance - 8 days > 2 weeks trip
  • Repatriation insurance : applicable for all clients visiting the Europe-Schengen region that includes France
  • Rate : for a trip from 8 days > 2 weeks = 14 days
    Supplement for a trip above 14 days
  • See the insurance contract here 

TRIP rates 

The rates are per person

  • on a 2 pers. minimum reservation basis ( shared room)
  • and subject to availability

INCLUDED

  • 9 nights double occupancy with private facilities in selected hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 2 picnics
  • Day 6 : Transfer back and forth from Corte to the start of the walk
  • Day 8 : Transfer from Porto to the start of your walk
  • Day 8: Transfer from the end of the walk to Porto
  • Day 9: Transfer from Porto to the start of your walk
  • Day 9: Transfer from the end of the walk to Porto
  • Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, and integrated maps, GPS files
  • 7/7 phone assistance 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Day 1  and Day 10 : Transportation to Calvi / and from Porto
  • Day 4 : Transportation from Calvi and Corte 
  • Day 7 : Transportation from Corte to Porto
  • All lunches & dinners
  • Drinks, Entrance fees into museums, Insurance, Items of personal nature.

  • SINGLE supplement
    Simple accommodation : 460 €uros
    Comfort accommodation : 630 €uros
    Charming accommodation : 790 €uros

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