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Corsica: Island of Beauty

7 Days & 6 Nights 4 Read 1 reviews
  • Hiking around Corsica, a Mediterranean island of stunning contrasts
  • Strolling through Corte, the historic capital surrounded by mountain peaks
  • Trails to blue mountain lakes, glittering natural pools and shepherds’ huts
  • Dining on delicious local swordfish “al fresco” at the marina in Calvi
  • Admiring the turquoise seas as you walk to the Revellata Lighthouse
Corsica is a Mediterranean island of exceptional contrasts; sparkling turquoise seas, pretty coastal towns, wild and untamed mountain scenery, dense pine forests, awe-inspiring and majestic valleys. Even though Corsica has been part of France for over two hundred years, it has its own unique qualities, cuisine, language, culture and history, which only serves to make it more appealing. Immersion in the incredible mountain scenery near Corte in the centre of the island is then juxtaposed with the stunning coastline in the north of the island around Calvi.

What To Expect

This tour in Corsica has an abundance of contrasting scenery. Walk along trails surrounded by stunning mountain peaks, enjoy unparalleled coastal views and take train rides through areas of incredible beauty. If you like walking in a warm Mediterranean climate, options for easier or more challenging walking, plus stays in centrally located 3* hotels, then this tour is for you.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Coastal & Island

Activity Level & Terrain

This walking tour is graded easy to moderate. However this grade is only applied to the easier walks on offer (where options are given). For example on Day 3 (Restonica Gorge) the walk is more moderate to challenging and on Day 6 (Capu di a Veta) is also a moderate to challenging walk. This is not due to distances, but more importantly, the terrain, which can be very rocky and at time challenging to negotiate. If you choose to walk the easy to moderate walks you will need to have a good level of fitness. If you choose the more challenging options, not only will you need an excellent level of fitness, but you will also need to be sure-footed, have a great sense of balance and not be scared of heights. Also for the harder walks hiking poles are recommended.

Navigation

You will be provided with route notes and IGN 1; 25,000 maps to enable you to find your way. Some of the trails are way-marked, but others are not, so you will need to have good navigation skills and have the ability to read a map, especially when walking in the mountain areas. The weather can also be somewhat unpredictable in Corsica and so before setting out on walks it always make sense to check the forecast.

Accommodations

6 nights accommodation in 3* hotels is included. All offer a warm welcome to walkers and are centrally located in the towns.

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This trip is not available to solo walkers as it is cost-prohibitive. Single rooms are available and a single supplement is payable.

Meals

6 Breakfasts (buffet) are provided at your hotels with offerings such as fruit, yoghurt, cereals, pastries, meats, breads, jams, fruit juices , tea and coffee.  As your hotels are centrally located there will always be the opportunity to buy produce for a picnic lunch when necessary.  There are many lovely restaurants to choose from in the town centres and dining is often al fresco.

Included
  • 6 Nights in 3* hotels
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Transfer to Restonica Gorge Walk
  • Train fare between Corte and Calvi
  • Detailed route notes and information pack and 1:25,000 IGN maps
  • 24/7 support from our local partner and the UK office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Corte and from Calvi
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and Snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Mountain rescue/emergency assistance
Extras
  • Additional nights

When To Go

This trip is available to start on any day of the week between the beginning of April and the end of October. (except July and August) This tour in Corsica can be enjoyed in April, May & June, plus in September & October. July and August is too hot, but the spring is delightful with all the wildflowers in bloom and less people on the trails. September and October are also a great time to be there as it is quieter than in the height of the summer and the daytime temperatures much more suitable for walking. 

Getting to the Start

The best airport to fly into is Bastia. This airport is served by Easyjet and Flybe from the UK (only in high season) and many other airlines for travellers outside of the UK. From Bastia you can either take the airport shuttle bus to the Bastia train station, or you can take a taxi. It takes about 30 minutes, depending on the traffic. Or we can arrange a taxi transfer for you which needs to be booked in advance. 

From Bastia you can take a train to Corte, which is a very pleasant and scenic journey of about 2 hours. For more information concerning schedules you can visit either the Chemins de Fer de la Corse website or the following unofficial website Corsica Bus which also lists timetables for all public transportation in Corsica. In the off-season when flights are rarer it is also possible to take a low-cost flight to Nice and then take a ferry to Bastia/Calvi. You will find more information on the Corsica Ferries website. Upon arrival in Corte a transfer to your hotel is included.

Getting from the End

Flying out of Bastia Airport is your best option. Take the train from Calvi direct to Bastia, which takes approximately 3.5 hours.  On arrival in Bastia you can either take the airport shuttle bus or a taxi to the airport. Macs Adventure can also offer private transfers from Bastia to Corte and from Calvi to Bastia, but these will need to be booked in advance.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack. Please note that you will be required to carry your own luggage on the train ride between Corte and Calvi so it is a good idea to pack light.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Corte and overnight Day 2 Tavignano Gorge 8.5 miles / 14 km Day 3 Gorge de la Restonica 3 miles / 4.5 km Day 4 Train to Calvi. Notre Dame de la Serra 3 miles / 5 km Day 5 La Revellata Lighthouse - 14 km 8.5 miles / 14 km Day 6 Capu di a Veta 6.5 miles / 11 km Day 7 Onward Travel

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