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
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.
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.