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Corsica walking holiday Mare e Monti Scandola
|Corsica: Tra Mare e Monti Scandola
(Plus**/*** packages 5 to 9 days)
Walks Mare e Monti "Scandola and Golfe de Porto" From
Galeria to Porto or Cargese
Breathtaking views on the Gulfs of Galeria, Girolata and Porto
The Mare e Monti North: the unforgettable mountains in the sea. One of
five classic walks in Corsica that snakes around the foot of the massifs,
which leads through some lovely forests and villages.
Setting off from the Balagne you will head inland towards the high summits, enticing views of sweeping bays, rocky creeks and glistening waters are forever present.
This holiday would appeal to anyone used to walking regularly and in good shape. With eleven days of easy to moderate walking you will discover the richness of Corsica and one of the most beautiful corners of the island.
Numerous pleasures are waiting to be discovered, from the high airy mountain peaks of Bonifatu, the trail leads past the reserve of Scandola an area protected by Unesco and classed as a site of world beauty.
In the Gulf of Girolata you stay in the unique little fishing village
of Girolata which is accessible only by boat or foot. Good place for and
extra night and start of a boat trip!
You can start this walk
in Calvi if you
want to do all of the Mare e Monti Nord.
5 - 9 days (May to 15th october)
If you travel by Calvi to the start of the Mare et Monti Scandola in Galeria, you can book with us an extra night in Calvi if necessary.
To go to the start in Galeria you will have to go to Calvi first and take a bus (not on Sunday) or taxi (€100) for the transfer to Galeria. These transfers to the start are not part of our packages. We can help with the taxi if you want.
|Mare et Monti Scandola (from Galeria)
Galeria - Porto - Cargese
|Last possible start from Galeria||Oct 11th||Oct 11th||Oct 10th||Oct 9th||Oct 8th|
|Calvi (hotel BnB) option for an extra night||d0||d0||d0||d0||d0|
|Galeria Hotel l'Alivu
(roundwalk Vallée du Fango
if you arrive early)
|Girolata (bungalow park)||d2||d2||d2||d2||d2|
|Porto Hotel le Golfe||d4||d5||d5|
|Ota Chez Joelle||d6||d5||d5|
|Evisa Hotel Aitone||d6||d6|
|Porto Hotel le Golfe||d7|
|Revinda E Case (night in Cargese)||d7|
|Cargese Hotel Bel Mare||d8|
|End of package after breakfast.||d5||d6||d7||d8||d9|
|Not included: Bus (not on Sunday) from Porto back to Galeria or ahead to Ajaccio, extra nights in Calvi or Ajaccio. After arriving in the morning by bus in Ajaccio, you can go by train to Calvi, but we recommend strongly you enjoy an extra day in Ajaccio!|
Price hotel ***B&B in Ajaccio: €80 to €100 per person in hotel double room sharing p.p..
|Price per person 2p sharing room
|Supplement July - August||€ 0||€ 0||€ 0||€ 0||€ 0|
|Supplement single room||€ 211||€ 258||€ 322||€ 367||€ 440|
Extra nights in Ajaccio or Calvi, at the start or at the end of the walk in Hotel BnB. Price €80 to €100 per person in hotel double room p.p.
|Discount on basic rate p.p. for small groups and families.
See terms and conditions for group discounts
H13b sup plus packages 6 - 10 days
Parties of 3 persons : 6 % p.p.
Parties of 4 persons : 9 % p.p.
Parties of 5 persons : 11 % p.p.
Parties of 6 persons : 9 % p.p.
Parties of 7 persons : 11 % p.p.
Parties of 8 persons : 12 % p.p.
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The following itinerary divides it into 7 daily stages:
|Van||Naar||Hoogste punt||Stijgen (cum.)|
>2m / >1m / all
| Dalen (cum.)
>2m / >1m / all
|Galeria (10 m)||Girolata (1 m)||768 m||+0988 / 1042 / 1079m||-0987 / 1041 / 1078 m||6h20||14 km|
|Girolata (1 m)||Curzu (231 m)||811 m||+1102 / 1182 / 1215m||-0872 / 0952 / 0985m||6h20||12 km|
|Curzu (231 m)||Serriera (289 m)||360 m||+0493 / 0547 / 0587m||-0665 / 0719 / 0759m||4h||8 km|
|Serriera (289 m)||Ota (632 m)||914 m||+1047 / 1095 / 1131m||-1288 / 1336 / 1372m||6h30||10 km|
|Ota (632 m)
Ota (632 m)
|Evisa (857 m)
Evisa (857 m)Plus
+0927 / 0975 / 1008m
+1244 / 1336 / 1388m
-0395 / 0443 / 0476m
-0713 / 0805 / 0857m
|Evisa(857 m) +
|Revinda (735 m)||1102 m||
+1128 / 1202 / 1258m
||-1236 / 1310 / 1367m||6h30||20 km|
|Revinda (735 m)||Cargese (95 m)||650 m||+0557 / 0512 / 0444m||-1052 / 1007 / 0939m||6h||11 km|
|MARE ET MONTI SCANDOLA CORSICA, PROGRAM 10 days walk
|Day 1: Arrival in Galeria (Last possibility: October 5th)
|Day 2: Galeria to Girolata
Today you start by following a beautiful path shaded from the sun. Your path leads you to a natural pool, and an uphill section alongside the river bank. You will shortly come across an area of vegetation, after this you will emerge in to a forest of oaks before reaching the Crête du Lucciu (697m). From here you will have remarkable views over the gulf of Girolta, the Genoese tower and the red granite cliffs. You continue west along the ridge path, to reach the River Cavone and the coast. This is also a beautiful spot to swim, to cool off after your days walk.
Night and evening meal at Gîte in Girolata. Girolata can only be reached by boat or on foot. So you will have to take whatever you need for one night. The other luggage will be transferred directly to Curzu.
Standard package: dormitory.
6h00 effective walking, +754m altitude, -784m.
|Day 3 : Girolata to CurzuFrom Girolata’s beach, you follow the ridge
path that runs alongside the coast, after around 3 hours you will arrive
at the foot of Punta di u Tartavellu, from here continue around to the West
to arrive at Bocca Ascencu (742m). Continuing along the ridge path in a
south-westerly direction you can admire exceptional views over Scandola’s
natural reserve, one of the largest natural sites in Europe, which displays
an explosion of colors and fantastic landscapes. Once at Capu di Curzu
(852m) you rapidly loose altitude as your path progresses into a series
of loops before reaching Curzu.
Night and evening meal at Gîte in Curzu.
Standard package: chambre d'Hôtes.
6h00 effective walking, +675m altitude, -1135m.
|Day 4 : Curzu to Serriera
From the Gîtes, you climb through the village and head in a south-westerly direction along a path that overlooks the village of Partinellu and the bay of Porto, the only French natural site to appear on UNESCO’s world heritage list. You then start down hill towards the River Vetricella, and after walking alongside the river for around 50 metres, your path climbs, you will soon arrive at the ‘Chemin de Serriera Pinetu’. Once passing this you will shortly arrive at the Bocca di u Furcatu, the last stretch before Serriera.
Night and evening meal at your hotel/Chambre d'Hôtes in Serriera .
3h30 effective walking, +364m altitude, -604m.
|Day 5 : Serriera to Porto
Light stage. Leaving Serriera head to the bridge Pont de Serriera over the Santa Maria stream you head to the beach at Bussaglia. After enjoying some swim climb up to the Bocca Lenzana before going down to Porto. A very pleasant touristy but authentic village at the beautiful Golfe de Porto with subtropical vegetation with woods of Eucalyptus trees. If you want to you can rent here a car to visit the Calanches of Piana.
Night and evening meal at ***Hotel in Porto.
Standard package: chambre d'Hôtes.
6h30 effective walking, +880m altitude, -570m.
|Day 6 : Serriera to Ota
The stage starts with a transfer bacj to Serriera. Leaving Serriera head to the bridge over the Santa Maria stream, to climb up to the Lonca forestry track and emerging into the forest. You will soon arrive at the rocky belvedere a beautiful viewpoint over Serriera. Crossing through the pine and chestnut forest, you can notice a ‘sechoir chataignes’ a small stone structure used by the villagers to stock their chestnuts while they dried. On the way down into the Vitrone ravine, the granite rock faces have a lot of distinctive red porphyry.
Night and evening meal at Gîte in Ota.
Standard package: chambre d'Hôtes.
6h30 effective walking, +880m altitude, -570m.
|Day 7 : Ota to Evisa
From Ota you walk past the Ceccaldi village restaurant, past braying donkeys, noisy hunting dogs and colourful gardens, to pick up the path. Following the direction of the river the path is down hill and in the shade of the olive trees. You cross over the narrow, high arched Genoise bridge ‘Ponte Vechju’ and shortly arrive at the entrance of the Spelunca Gorge, a great rest and swim spot. The first part of the gorge is fairly flat but once across the second small Genoise bridge it starts to zig zag up hill, it is well graded but there is a lot of altitude to gain to arrive in Evisa with bars, bakers and post office in the village of Evisa (after 7,5 km)
** hotel in Evisa. After Evisa you are not going to Marignana but you can do a round-walk by the Mare a Mare Nord (Sentier de découverte) to the Piscine a Madre (natural pools in the Aitone stream) and back to Evisa the same way (14,1 km). Next day however a longer walk from Evisa via Marignana. Evisa is the pearl of the mountains, a vibrant mountain village, that has wonderful sunsets over the nearby sea. It is known for it's chestnut forests, a lot of the recipes are still chestnut based. A trail will lead you through the chestnut trees to the Aitone pine forest, here you will find a natural beauty spot, the emerald green rock pools and chutes of water that make up the piscines naturels.)
12,5 km, 5h00 effective walking, +650m altitude, -260m.
|Day 8 : Evisa to Marignana and E Case
You will not have your luggage today. Starting from Evisa you will reach Marignana after 5 km and 2 hours walking.
After 6,2 km you reach the Bocca a u Mamucciu at 824m alt. By the Mare a Mare Nord and the Mare e Monti Nord combined you reach after 22km and 8,5 hrs walking (if you started from Evisa) the dormitory of E Case.
It is possible to start with a taxi-transfer from Evisa to Marignana ( € 25 supplement). If booked a transfer to Marignana and started from Marignana:6h30 effective walking, +610m altitude, -720 m
Past the bars, bakers and post office you go through the village of Evisa and onto the lowest road. Walking away from the centre you soon come to a track that heads off into the old chestnut tree woods. The path is easy under foot and was once a well trodden link to the neighbouring villages. You will find all the typical plants that make up the Corsican maquis as you make your way towards the Tavulella river. Once across the river you will shortly arrive at the mystical hamlet of Tassu, a peaceful little haven of houses, church and abandoned terracing. Now just a short 20mins walk from Marignana.
You will reach Marignana after 5 km and 2 hours walking.
After 6,2 km you reach the Bocca a u Mamucciu at 824m alt. By the Mare a Mare Nord and the Mare e Monti Nord combined you reach after 22km and 8,5 hrs walking if you started from Evisa, the Refuge of E Case. The Refuge is closed. You 'll get a transfer to Cargese.
6h30 effective walking, +610m altitude, -720 m
|Day 9 : E Case to Cargese. You get a transfer to E Case to start the
You leave E Case via a path that will give you some splendid views on the Golfe de Chiuni. You then begin to edge your way down hill, passing the Santa Lucia shepherds cabins and the village of Lozzi, situated just before your day’s destination Cargese, a beautiful historical town boasting two churches ‘l’Eglise Latine’ and ‘l’Eglise Grecque’.
Night and evening meal at your hotel in Cargese.
5h00 effective walking, +380m altitude, -910m.
|Day 10 : Leave Cargese for Ajaccio by bus
Transfer to Ajaccio not included in the package. (Buses not available on Sundays!!)
You leave Cargese by bus in the morning (not included), once back in Ajaccio you have the choice of 2 walks along the ‘Sentier des Crêtes’, a trail that overlooks the gulf of Ajaccio with magnificent views out to sea, over the town and the surrounding mountains. There is also the possibility of visiting the Iles Sanguinaires by boat’.
From 2h30 to 4h00 effective walking, from +140m altitude to +340m, from 6km to 11km depending on your chosen option.
Your holiday comes to end in Ajaccio.
Option of returning to Calvi, by taking the ‘Trinichellu’, Corsica’s rail service, which runs from north to south via the centre of the island (Not included : € 25).
|Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary exactly as detailed
above, it may be necessary to make changes as a result of factors beyond
our control. As a consequence, the itinerary or night stops may be modified
and we reserve the right to make changes when/if necessary. Abnormal conditions
can prevail in any Moderate holiday; be prepared to be flexible when necessary.
|You walk on walking trails with good footpaths and tracks. You need to be used to walking
and take regular exercise to enjoy this holiday. There is between 5h00 and
6h00 effective walking each day. The ascents and descents are constant.
There will be between 400m and 900m ascension per day. The effective walking
time is an indication of how long it will take you, though walking speed
varies enormously. The estimations do not take into account time for route
finding and stops along the way.
|you will have to carry a day sack only, with your water bottle, camera, picnic and gortex jacket.|
|Our bag-moving service means you can travel light. There are two night
stops that are not accessible by vehicle and you will have to carry a minimum
of personal gear for the night. This applies to Girolata and somertimes
to Revinda which are two spots of wild, natural beauty.
Your main luggage - will be transported by vehicle between the different hotels. We ask you to please limit your main luggage to between 10-15kg to facilitate the transportation and carrying for the taxis. It is also important to consider that it may be necessary to carry your bags short distances around at the start or end of your holiday, to and from the bus station for example.
|LODGING: A mix of hotels, chambres d'Hôtes and Gîtes
MEALS: Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, bread, butter and jam) ; Evening meals in the Gîte restaurants, often local specialities consisting of a starter, main course, cheese or desert.
|The starting point is at your hotel in Calvi at 12h00 onwards. It is
also possible to start your holiday from Ajaccio, please discuss with us
at the time of your reservation. Consult with us for left luggage facilities.
|ORGANIZATION We propose a self guided, independent walking formula. You choose your departure date (you can start any day of the week) and we will take care of all the rest. We transport your bags between the different night stops, provide the maps and good walking route notes. This is a way of enjoying complete flexibility, you dictate the walking pace and rhythm of your holiday.|
|DATES Departures every Sunday from the start of April to the end of October.|
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