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Corsica walking holiday : the best trails from Calvi to Corte in the mountains

Corsica walking holiday : the best trails from Calvi to Corte in the mountains


Corsica island has been part of France for over 200 years, a mountain literally in the Mediterranean Sea, from its jagged coastline and sandy beaches to the serrated rocky summits that soar into and above the clouds, and everything in between, the landscapes are as sumptuous as they are contrasting.

We've designed the best Corsica walking holiday, with the best hikes and accommodations in Corsica between Calvi by the sea and Corte in the mountains 

You venture into the heart of it all, and immerse yourself in the remote and wild landscapes of Corsica. We have handpicked some of the most beautiful coastal and mountain walks with a moderate level of difficulty.
Mountainous peaks, turquoise seas, and varied terrain, plus of course a blissful Mediterranean climate : all makes a walking adventure trip in Corsica the perfect escape !

Note : If you suffer from severe fear of heights, make sure to contact us to get more information about it

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  • Walk options from Moderate to Challenging
  • The best places and the best hikes in Corsica from the sandy beaches of Calvi to the wild mountain lakes of Corte
  • Diversified landscapes with the best hiking spots in Corsica in a moderate walking grade
  • Coastal walk to the Revellata lighthouse, admiring the turquoise sea
  • Swimming opportunities on sandy secluded beaches
  • Hiking trails through chestnut forests
  • Strolling through Corte, one of the "must" historic places to stay in Corsica
  • Follow trails to blue mountain lakes, glittering natural pools and shepherds’ huts
    Emerald waters of the Restonica gorge
  • 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 and low-cost airlines to Corsica from Paris , Nice or Marseille  
    . Corsica ferry : regular ferry from Nice and Marseille
    . Train : trains from Bastia and Ajaccio. Link for the schedules   
  • 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 walking day

  • 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

Notre Dame de Serra loop hiking day

  • 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 walkoption 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 Corte

  • Calvi > Corte (transfer not included)
  • 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, Corsica 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 center. Take the time to meander through the town’s authentic streets. 
    . For the Prestige accommodation, transfer to your hotel based in the beautiful Restonica valley, 2km from Corte center
  • 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 :
    • 12 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 350m
      - 350m

Explore the Tavignano gorges

  • Picnic included
  • Corte > Tavignano Gorges > Corte  (4 hours , 7.4miles)
  • 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 :
    • + 330m
      - 330m

Lake Melo : amazing hike in Corsica

  • Picnic included
  • Bergerie Grotelle > Lake Melo > Bergerie Grotelle (  2 hours 30 - 2.5 miles)
  • The walkset 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

End of your corsica holidays !

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

  • RETURN from Corte:
    . Train: Corte > Calvi or Corte > Bastia or Corte > Ajaccio  - Schedules here 
    .  Bus Corte > Ajaccio (1 hour 45) - Schedules 
    . Airport: regular flights and low-cost airlines from Calvi, Ajaccio, Bastia to Paris , Nice or Marseille  
    . Corsica ferry: regular ferry from Nice and Marseille

  • If you want to experience the rest of Corsica, continue onwards to Porto. We can propose you some beautiful extra walks! 
    - 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 + 40€
    • High + 90€

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 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 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.

  • Host de l'Abbaye **** - Calvi

    Host de l'Abbaye **** - Calvi

    The Hostellerie of The Abbey is a charming hotel.

    Built in a former church of the Convent of the Franciscans, this 4-star hotel in Calvi will delight you by its charm, its comfort and its location : just a few steps away from the city centre and sea front.

  • Hotel Dominique Colonna 4* -  Corte

    Hotel Dominique Colonna 4* - Corte

    A storybook setting by the banks of the Restonica gorge, it's quite arguably the most stunning accommodation on the entire island.

    The grounds are peaceful and immaculate, while the rooms are decorated with taste: elegance and great attention to detail. 

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 - 1 week trip
  • Repatriation insurance : applicable for all clients visiting the Europe-Schengen region that includes France
  • Rate : for a maximum trip of 1 week = 7 days
    Supplement for a trip above 7 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


  • 6 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 2 picnic
  • Day 5 : on Prestige accommodation only - Transfer back and forth from your hotel to Corte, start and end of your walk
  • Day 6 : transfer back and forth to the start of your walk 
  • Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, including highlighted maps
  • 1 road map of the region
  • 7/7 phone assistance 


  • Day 1 : your own transport to Calvi
  • Day 4 : transfer by train from Calvi to Corte
  • Day 7 : your own transfer from Corte 
  • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
  • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
  • Items of personal nature
  • SINGLE supplement
    Simple accommodation : 340 €uros
    Comfort accommodation : 440 €uros
    Charming accommodation : 510 €uros
    Prestige accommodation : 680 €uros

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