High mountain peaks, rocky creeks and quaint fishing villages are all part of this diverse walking tour. You will discover one of the most beautiful corners of the island - from the dense bonifato forest of la Balagne, to the world renowned Nature Reserve at Scandola and the unique coastal village of Girolata in the Gulf of Porto. Combine this 8 day trip with a few extra nights in Calvi, allowing you to completely unwind after your extraordinary journey.
Mare e Monti North
Duration: 8 days
Difficulty level: Moderately challenging walking
Type: Self Guided
Start and finish point: Calvi
Departure dates: Every Sunday from 17th May to 27th September 2015
Day 1: Sunday arrival in Calvi
After being transfered from Calvi airport to your hotel, the day is dedicated to discovering Calvi and its citadel, the nearby beaches may encourage you to do some swimming.
Day 2: Monday Bonifatu to Tuarelli
At 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 three 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.
Distance : 14 km, duration : 6h30, altitude gain : +730m, descent : -11 70m.
Day 3: Tuesday Tuarelli to Galéria
You walk along the old transhumance path linking Calvi to Niolu, a pleasant route lined with junipers and myrtle bushes. The path also follows the course of the River Fango. 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 Fango bridge and head on to the hamlet of Fangu. Your route then climbs into the maquis and passes several old shepherd's cabins. Your day's walk finishes with a short downhill stretch in to the village of Galéria where you are rewarded with stunning views over Fangu.
Distance : 9km, duration : 4h00, altitude gain : +240m, descent : -320m.
Day 4: Wednesday Galéria 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 into a forest of oaks before reaching the Crête du Lucciu (697m). From here you will have remarkable views over the gulf of Girolata, 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 picturesque spot to swim and to cool off after your days walk. Please note, that during peak season, this part of the walk can be very hot, due to there being no shade. Please prepare yourself for this and pack what is necessary.
Distance : 11km, duration : 6h00, altitude gain : +785m, descent : -785m.
Day 5: Thursday Girolata to Curzu
From Girolata's beach, you follow the ridge path that runs alongside the coast. After around three 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 lose altitude as your path progresses into a series of loops before reaching Curzu.
Distance : 12 km, duration : 6h00, altitude gain : +1000m, descent : -750m.
Day 6: Friday Curzu to Serriera
From the gites 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 walk downhill 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'. You will shortly arrive at the Bocca di u Furcatu, the last stretch before Serriera.
Distance : 8 km, duration : 4h00, altitude gain : +460m, descent : -600m.
Day 7: Saturday Serriera to Calvi
Leaving Serriera about 10am, you will take a bus to Calvi for a last night’s relax and celebratory meal before heading home tomorrow.
Day 8: Sunday Calvi
You will be collected from your hotel and taken to the airport.