Walking in FRANCE




Walking in the Scented Isle

Our trek is set in the heart of Corsica enabling you to discover some of the best of its majestic mountain scenery and beautiful coastline. The island has been described as ‘a mountain in the sea’, ‘The Scented Isle’ and the ‘Ile de Beaute’. It is indeed the most mountainous island in the Mediterranean and it is this dramatic mountain backcloth we have come to enjoy. The title ‘The Scented Isle’ alludes to the aromatic vegetation of the island and the beauty of its landscape is beyond contradiction.

The Corsican landscape is amongst the most dramatic in the Mediterranean. Mountain ridges and granite peaks soar to 2,700 metres and these and the dense ‘maquis’ create a rugged terrain, tempered by deeply wooded valleys, pine forest and cascading streams. Along our route which leads from the heart of the mountains, across the north-south watershed, to the clear, blue waters of the Mediterranean, you will pass ancient villages where time has seemingly stood still. Defiantly clinging to the tops of crags and cliffs these villages preserve century old traditions and a culture that is uniquely Corsican.
The first two nights are in Corte, a town important in the island’s history. The old town clings to the steep slope below the majestic citadel. After a day walk from Corte follow the route to the pretty villages of Calaccucia and Evisa, via the Tavignano valley, passing the lac de Croix and reaching the Col di vergio. Next our walk takes us past the red crags of the spectacular Spelunca gorge to reach the coast at Porto, a small seaside resort and one of the island’s beauty spots. From Porto we can visit the fantastic rock formations of Les Calanches or travel by boat to the remote Scandola Nature Reserve and the tiny fishing village of Girolata. On Friday you travel by bus from Porto to Ajaccio (fare is not included, and this bus does not operate on a Sunday), to see the sights of the modern capital, beaches, museum, pavement cafes, fish restaurants and low key night life.

Note: The 26.5km route on day 2 is long and involves 1240m of ascent. If this sounds too tough then it is possible to opt to walk for 5-6 hours in the Tavignano Valley then travel by taxi with your baggage to Calacuccia.

 Inn to Inn 8 days

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Duration: 7 nights/8 days
Tour Code: JMS
Grade: Moderate - 3
Day Stages: Minimum 9.5km, max 26.5 or 18km.

 SELF-GUIDED Dates 2015

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May - Oct (any day except Monday)  

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