One of our easier walking holidays, the Sea and Mountains has been designed for those who wish to discover some of the most stunning sights on the island whilst having the luxury of staying in only two locations, Corte and Calvi.
This tour offers a real diversity of landscapes blending high peak mountains and breathtaking coastal scenery without the stress of packing every day. You can set your own rhythm on this holiday – venture out on circular walks from both Corte and Calvi or take a break from walking and spend a day or two on the beach, the choice is yours. Highlights of the tour include the superb Tavignano gorges and its natural rock pools, the Restonica Valley with its spectacular mountain lakes, the dramatic Revellata peninsular and Notre Dame de la Serra set high above Calvi.
Sea and Mountains
Duration: 7 Nights
Walking: 4 optional days
Difficulty level: Moderate with the option not to walk each day
Start and finish point: Calvi
Departure dates: Sundays: mid May - end September
Day 1: Corte, the historic capital of Corsica
After flying into Calvi, a transfer will be arranged from the airport to Corte. Settle into your hotel in the afternoon and enjoy dinner at an excellent local restaurant.
Overnight: 3* hotel in Corte on bed and breakfast with dinner arranged at a local restaurant.
Day 2: The Tavignano Gorges and the natural pools
After breakfast, make your way to the citadel of Corte for the start of a stunning day's walk along the Tavignano Gorge. Reach a bridge over the Tavignano, under which you can swim in the beautiful clear waters. Return to Corte via the same route, with magnificent views down the valley.
Distance 12km. Walking: 4 hours. Altitude gain: +450m. Descent: -450m
Overnight: The same 3* hotel in Corte on bed & breakfast
Day 3: The Restonica Gorges and the mountain lakes
After breakfast, a taxi will pick you up and take you to the shepherd's hut at Grotelle, where you will start your walk. After an ascent, you will reach a small plateau that marks your arrival at a new shepherd's hut, which in the summer season sells its own cheese. Continue to climb until you reach the lake Melo before continuing on to the lake of Capitello. Return back to the shepherd's hut at Grotelle where Theo will offer you the chance to try the local charcuterie!
Distance 4.5km. Walking: 4 hours. Altitude gain: +600m. Descent: -600m
Overnight: The same 3* hotel in Corte on bed and breakfast
Day 4: From Corte to Calvi by train
Take the train in the morning or enjoy some more time in Corte and depart in the afternoon to Calvi; the choice is yours. The train will cross some fantastic scenery before reaching Calvi, your home for the second half of your trip. Calvi is a charming seaside town, with a lively centre during the summer. There is an old citadel and a small port lined with bars and restaurants, plus you can spend some of your time relaxing on the beach and swimming in the sea or the hotel pool. Dinner will be arranged in the centre of town.
Overnight: 3* hotel in Calvi on bed and breakfast with dinner arranged at a local restaurant.
Day 5: La Revellata lighthouse and the coast
After breakfast, you will begin your walk from the foot of the citadel and the monument to Christopher Colombus. Your walk will take you south along the coast and onto the Revellata peninsula. You can enjoy bathing at the various secluded little beaches on the peninsula before reaching the lighthouse. From here you can return to Calvi along a path on the top of the peninsula.
Distance 14km. Walking: 3 hours 30 minutes. Altitude gain: +430m. Decent: -430m
Overnight: The same 3* hotel in Calvi on bed & breakfast
Day 6: Notre Dame de la Serra above Calvi
Today you will leave the coast and take a path that takes you into the interior amongst the Corsican scrub (or maquis) until you reach the chapel of the Notre Dame de la Serra. From here the view back towards the gulf of Calvi, the citadel and the Revellata is superb. You can either return directly to Calvi from here, or continue on the path that takes you further up the mountainside.
From distance 5km. From 2 to 4 hours of walking, depending upon which option you choose. Altitude: +180m. Descent: -180m
Overnight: The same 3* hotel in Calvi on bed and breakfast
Day 7: Explore Calvi
Enjoy a free day exploring the charming town of Calvi. Spend time relaxing on the beach after your active trip or venture into the citadel and marvel at the views.
Day 8: Your holiday comes to an end after breakfast
You will then be collected from your hotel and taken to the airport at the time advised by our representative.
Please note: This itinerary is an example of the itinerary we aim to adhere to, correct at time of publication. Should situations arise that are beyond our control, such as severe weather conditions, or other factors that could put your safety at risk, it may be possible for the itinerary to be modified.