Sea and Mountains


Walking  |  Calvi Town

Self-guided walking tour - 7 night holiday incl. 4 days' walking

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Sea and Mountains has been designed for those who wish to discover some of the most stunning sights on the island, while having the luxury of staying in only two locations, Corte and Calvi.

This tour offers a real diversity of landscapes, blending high peaks and breathtaking coastal scenery without the stress of packing every day. Set your own rhythm on this walking 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.

Sea and Mountains

Duration: 7 nights

Walking: 4 days

Difficulty level: Challenging - read more on our walking gradings

Type: Self-guided

Start and finish point: Calvi

Departure dates: Sundays 14th May - 24th September

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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: 3* hotel in Corte on bed and 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 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: 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: 3* hotel in Calvi on bed and breakfast. 

Day 6: Notre Dame de la Serra above Calvi

Today you will leave the coast and follow 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: 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 be collected from your hotel and taken to Calvi Airport. 



Good to know

  • This itinerary is an example of the itinerary we aim to adhere to. Should situations arise that are beyond our control, such as full hotels, severe weather conditions, or other factors that could put your safety at risk, it may be modified.

Key Information

This mountain walk is graded as:

Why self-guided walking?

You can walk at your own pace, choosing when and where to stop. There are often other walkers on the same itinerary that you will bump into along the way. This is a way of enjoying complete flexibility; you dictate the walking pace and rhythm of your holiday.

For safety reasons we do not accept single person reservations.

What's included

  • Return flights from Stansted to Calvi
  • Return airport transfers
  • 5 nights' accommodation in 3* hotels on bed and breakfast
  • 2 nights' accommodation in 3* hotels on half board
  • Transfers on the walking days
  • Train ticket from Corte to Calvi on day four
  • Personal login to walking app with map and route info

What's not included

  • Meals not stated in the trip notes
  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Any airport transfers from/to another arrival airport

Luggage Moving and Day Sack

You will need to carry a day sack only, with your water bottle, camera, picnic and weatherproof jacket. Our bag-moving service means you can travel light during your walks, just taking with you what you need for the day. We ask you to please limit your main luggage to around 15kg per bag to facilitate the driver loading it in and out of a transfer vehicle.

It is important to consider that it may be necessary to carry your bags short distances at the start and towards the end of your holiday. Soft luggage is recommended.


See Tour Accommodation section below. 


Breakfasts are continental style. Evening meals are three-course affairs using local produce. We recommend that you bring your preferred trail food, or high energy bars for the walks. Picnics can be purchased daily from bakers or small supermarkets. Alternatively main provisions can be purchased from larger supermarkets in Calvi. 

Spending money

Bring sufficient money to cover your personal expenses including snacks and drinks. It is impossible to change money here and trying to find a working cash machine can be problematic. We recommend bringing all the Euros you need with you in cash.

Preparing for your trip

It is a good idea to get fit for this trip. The more time you put in before you leave, the more you will get out of the walking. You should do regular aerobic exercise in preparation for the hills. Walking regularly with a rucksack is the best way to make sure you are fit enough for the Corsican hills and enjoy the trip to the fullest.


You can expect to encounter some very wide ranging temperatures. During the walks you should be ready for everything, take powerful sun protection, as well as warm fleeces and a weatherproof jacket. Corsica is known for its micro climates and each valley can be very different. The weather can change quickly and the mountains generate some stormy, often unpredictable weather.

What to bring and pack

  • A small day pack for your water bottle, camera, picnic and weatherproof jacket.
  • A rucksack or soft suitcase for your main luggage (15kg maximum per person)
  • Good walking shoes or boots with a good grip sole
  • Walking socks
  • Warm fleece
  • Shorts and t-shirts
  • Swimming attire
  • Towel
  • Walking poles (optional)
  • Water bottle (one litre minimum)
  • For your picnics: a good cutting knife, fork, spoon, plastic cup and plate some plastic bags
  • Sun and rain protection
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Trainers or open sandals
  • Warm fleece and casual wear
  • First aid: we recommend that you bring your own personal first aid kit consisting of: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment, painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, re-hydration. Glucose tablets or malt loaf and multi-vitamin tablets are a good idea.

UK residents should obtain a Health Insurance Card (EHIC or GHIC) before travelling. This is normally valid for three to five years and covers any medical treatment that becomes necessary during your trip, because of either illness or an accident. The card gives access to state-provided medical treatment only and you'll be treated on the same basis as an 'insured' person living in the country you're visiting. This might not cover all the things you'd expect to get free of charge from the NHS in the UK. You may have to make a contribution to the cost of your care. Speak to the Department of Health by phone, online, or at the post office.

Tour Accommodation

Days 1 to 7 - Sea and Mountains

Room Type: Standard Room

Board Basis: Mixed Board Basis

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About the Local Area


Calvi's social life focuses on the many restaurants and cafés of the Quai Landry which is a large seafront walkway that links the marina and the port effortlessly. To get the best possible feel of the town, this is the place to be! A walk up through the narrow passageways off Quai Landry will take you to rue Clémenceau where you will find an array of restaurants and souvenir shops plenty. Further walking will present the Ste-Marie-Majeure, built in 1774 and from this a flight of steps will introduce you to the modern high street which is the point of entry to the wonderful citadel.

Wherever you are in Calvi, you will never be short of inspiration for a bite to eat. The marina offers a host of seafood options, the more inland streets present pizzerias and Corsican restaurants and of course the cafés complete the variety.


Calvi's main beach
Calvi's beach is a huge sweeping crescent of white sand fringed by woods of planted maritime pines and it has something for everyone: it is patrolled by lifeguards in the summer and has a gentle shelving gradient that is perfect for all ages, including toddlers. It boasts a fine array of restaurants and cafés nearby - some of which serve directly onto the beach whilst you bask on your sunlounger; not to mention a diverse range of water sports activities for the more energetic.

Pointe de la Revellata
At this headland, just three kilometres west of Calvi Citadel, there is a sandy beach and tiny coves which can only be reached on foot or bike. A great, more secluded alternative to the town beach that gives an idea of the wilder coastline to be explored on the west coast of Corsica.

Ste Restitude
A picturesque and secluded beach that can be reached by train or by a two hour walk along the coast. Backed by macchia and pine trees, swimming conditions are perfect at Ste Restitude with soft sand and clear water. There is a restaurant serving refreshments but little else.


Calvi on the Rocks
This festival held in July is a youthful music and arts festival with a mix of electronic music and digital art and includes a concert each night in the citadel.

Rencontres Polyphoniques de Calvi
Polyphonic singing is at the heart of Corsican culture and musicians from around the world perform in the citadel at this event.

Fiera di San Petru
Held in Lumio in mid July, this is a village festival with exhibitions celebrating stone-masonry and stone-related crafts made in the village from iron ore mined on Cap Corse.

Foire de l'Alivu in Montegrosso
Around 10,000 visitors honour the olive in July, in a delightful olive grove setting with exhibitions demonstrating olive production over the years and artisans selling refreshments and local produce. 

Foire de l'Amandier in Aregno
Held in the Balagne village of Aregno every August, the Foire de l’Amandier includes tastings, painting exhibitions, events for children and cooking contests all based around the almond and its trees.



Calvi has so much to see and do, there is something to suit everyone!

Calvi Citadel
If you don’t mind the climb to the top through the cobbled streets and narrow alleyways, then a visit to the citadel is a must during your holiday. From here, the views across the bay to the mountains are magnificent.

Music Lovers
For energetic music lovers, walk up to Notre Dame de la Serra to listen to the violinist playing in the chapel. At 216m above Calvi, you will also be rewarded with fabulous views across the bay below and don’t forget to take water, a hat and sun cream.

Each week held at the Cathédrale Saint Jean-Baptiste, which stands at the highest point of the Citadel you can experience Corsican Polyphonic singing with the concerts of “Chansons polyphoniques”.

Water sports, Jet-ski & Boat Rental
There are a number of places in Calvi where you are able to participate in ‘on the water’ activities. Waterskiing, motorboats of all sizes, parascending and jet-ski hire to name but a few, plus English speaking instructors are available for windsurfing, sailing and kitesurfing. All these activities are bookable in advance through local companies.

Train Journeys
Taking a train journey is a delightful and different way to experience the varied and wonderful landscapes of Corsica.

Calvi – L’lle Rousse
This regular service allows you to explore the coastline to the east of Calvi, stopping at all of the beaches en route. The line built in the 1880s and 1890s hugging the coast is undoubtedly one of the worlds most scenic railways. The journey takes approx 50 minutes, and depending on the time of year travelling, there are between five and 10 return journeys a day.

Balagne villages
Take a coach trip for half a day around the old Balagne villages, or take a full day to travel a little further afield. Perched high above the sea, the fortress villages of the Haute-Balagne offer dramatic mountains landscapes and spectacular views over the coastline. Stop en route to sample the local produce or visit one of the workshops along the craft trail "Strada di l'Artigiani".

Bonifato forest
Explore the Bonifato forest, a spectacular pine forest with hidden rock pools and stunning views over Calvi bay with walks of varying difficulties.