On this walking trip, you will venture away from the famous beaches and cosmopolitan towns of the south up into the Alta Rocca. Carpeted with heather and wild herbs, your trail will lead you through sleepy perched villages, pink granite pinnacles and archaeological sites whilst never failing to offer breathtaking views of the coastline below.
Mare a Mare South
Duration: 8 days
Difficulty level: Moderately challenging walking
Type: Self Guided
Start and finish point: Porto Vecchio
Departure dates: Every Sunday from May to September
Day 1: Start your holiday in Porto Vecchio
Fly to Figari and spend the rest of the day exploring Porto Vecchio. Night in Porto Vecchio.
Day 2: From Porto Vecchio to Cartalavonu
Your walking circuit starts in Porto Vecchio. After a short taxi transfer to Alzu di Gallina you will start walking towards the mountains. Passing through the Ospedale villages you will reach Cartalavonu situated at 1020m altitude. The trail will take you through the Corsican scrub and under maritime pine trees until finally reaching the plateau of Cartalavonu.
Night in Cartalavonu.
Around 5H walking, +880m.
Day 3: From Cartalavonu to Levie
The path leads northwards, from the hamlet of Cartalavonu to the high mountain pass of Foce Alta, from where there are magnificent views over the Lake of Ospedale. After arriving at the Bocca a Mela, you will see the small villages of the Alta Rocca and the famous pink granite "needles" (or pinnacles) of Bavella. After crossing a river and walking through olive groves you will finally arrive at Levie.
Night in Levie.
Around 5H walking, +510m, -920m
Day 4: From Levie to Quenza
The village church is the starting point for today's trek. After the last house in the village the path climbs up through an oak forest full of huge blocks of granite lying on the forest floor. You will then arrive at St Laurent chapel which is close to some well known archaeological sites. The most famous of these is Cucuruzzu dating back from the Bronze Age and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Heading in the direction of Zonza, you will finally reach the village of Quenza after crossing the Criviscia river.
Night in Quenza.
Around 4H walking.
Day 5: From Quenza to Serra di Scopamena
Quenza is famous for its church that dates back to the year 1000. A track will lead you to the hamlet of Jallicu (Ghjallicu), offering you swimming opportunities in the river Codi. You will then descend through the Corsican scrub towards the shepherds huts at Lavu Donacu before arriving at Serra di Scopamena. You will have the opportunity to visit an old chestnut mill near the river.
Night in Serra di Scopamena.
Around 4H05 walking.
Day 6: From Serra di Scopamena to Santa Lucia di Tallano
Today's walk commences through a chestnut forest and you will notice the old mill that has been restored by the Corsican Natural Park. After passing through a grove of green oaks, the path loops down to come out at a small country lane before ending at Campu. You will then climb up through the middle of oak and strawberry trees to the Col de Tavara. You will find in the village of Ste Lucie a XVth century convent and tower, a restored olive mill and an olive oil museum.
Night in Santa Lucia di Tallano.
Around 5H walking, +400m, -800m.
Day 7: From Santa Lucia di Tallano to Burgo
Passing the XIIth century Roman chapel St-Jean-Baptiste, the path descends through a forest of oak trees to the Piombatu Bridge that crosses the Rizzanese. You will head towards Fozzano, a village famous for a story from Mérimée. After which you will make your way towards Baraci, crossing the Capannajola and the Baraci river close to an old water mill.
Night in Burgo.
Around 6H walking, +675m, -1135m.
Day 8: End of holiday
After breakfast in Burgo you will be transfered to the airport for your return journey home.