De Mare e Monti Noord heeft alle contrasten en kleuren die Corsica
te bieden heeft. Het is één van de vijf klassiekers, slingerend
rond de voeten van het centrale bergmassief van het eiland. Het voert
door langs de kustlijn door prachtige wouden en langs pittoreske dorpjes.
Day 1 : Calvi
you fly in to Ajaccio you can take the train to Calvi (€25,- not included).
Your holiday starts at your hotel in Calvi, after checking in, you have
the opportunity to explore the town. If you would like to start your
holiday in Ajaccio consult us at the moment of reservation.
Night at your
in Calvi. Evening meal not included.
2: Calenzana to Bonifatu
8am transfer by taxi to Calenzana (included).
Calenzana your route follows the famous GR20 along an old mule trail,
you climb progressively up to the Ortiventi fountain, from where you
can look back at Calenzana and the villages of the Balagne. You then
drop down on to an old path known as the postman’s route, which cuts
through the forest of Sambuccu. You pass a small Col before going gently
down hill to reach the Figarella bridge. Once across the bridge you
follow the left bank, and then a slight climb up to the ‘Auberge de
Night and evening meal at the auberge in Bonifatu
5h00 effective walking, +590m altitude, -287m
3: Bonifatu to Montestremo
a nearby bridge you follow a forestry track that is known as the ‘chemin
de ronde’, that gently climbs towards the south-west, passing the ruins
of the house belonging to Prince Pierre. You then progress into a forest
of maritime pines and green oak trees. At an altitude of 1200m you arrive
at the Bocca di Bocassa. After approximately 3 hours of a very rewarding
and relaxing section you arrive at Tuarelli rock pools, the perfect
place for a laze on the sun baked rocks and a swim.
Night and evening meal at gîte in Montestremo.
7h00 effective walking, +620m altitude, -1050m
4: Tuarelli to Galeria
You walk along the old
transhumance path linking Calvi to Niolu, a pleasant route lined with
junipers and myrtle bushes, this path also follows the course of the
river Fangu. Once at the Ponte Vechju, Paglia Orba is visible
in the distance dominating the landscape with an altitude of 2325m.
From here you cross the Fangu bridge and head on to the hamlet of Fangu.
Your route then climbs into the maquis and passes several old shepherds
cabins. Your day’s walk finishes with a short down hill stretch in to
the village of Galeria where you are rewarded with stunning views over
Night and evening meal at gîte in Galeria.
Standard package: chambre
4h00 effective walking, +221m altitude, -271m
5: 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
Night and evening meal at gîte in Girolata.
Budget package: dormitory.
Standard package: chambre d'hôtes.
6h00 effective walking, +754m altitude, -784m.
6 : Girolata to Curzu
From 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 colours 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
6h00 effective walking, +675m altitude, -1135m.
7 : 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 à 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 in Serriera .
3h30 effective walking, +364m altitude, -604m.
8 : Serriera to Ota
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 à châtaignes’ 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
Night and evening meal at gîte in Ota.
Standard package: chambre
6h30 effective walking, +880m altitude, -570m.
9 : Ota to Evisa and Marignana
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.
In the afternoon, a series of winding steps cut down past the bars,
bakers and post office, leading through the village 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.
Night and evening meal at gîte in Marignana (dormitory).Night and evening
meal at gîte in Marignana.
Standard package: dormitory.
5h00 effective walking, +650m altitude, -260m.
10 : Marignana to E Case
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.
You will not have your luggage today. You get it the next day at Cargese
effective walking, +610m altitude, -720 m
11 : E Case to Cargese
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.
12 : Cargese to Ajaccio
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 ‘îles Sanguinaires by boat’.
Night at your hotel in Ajaccio.
From 2h30 to 4h00 effective walking, from +140m altitude
to +340m, from 6km to 11km depending on your chosen option.
13 : Ajaccio
Your holiday comes to end at you hotel in Ajaccio, after breakfast.
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).