Hiking in Corsica

What to expect:

In April we will be early in the season, hence we have the coastal paths and beaches to ourselves. The days are filled with easy hikes that are longer in distance than in altitude gain and paths are wide and easy to walk on. It is a purely joyful hiking week that focuses on exploring the culturally rich region of the North of Corsica, being outdoors in nature and enjoying the first sunrays of the year.

Physical requirements:

The 5 hikes are quite different and vary in length from 13 to 17 kilometres and in altitude gain from 400 to 800 meters. On average, we hike about 5 hours each day (not including breaktime) on different terrain in the mountains and along the coast. For all hikes a solid fitness level suffices, as the paths are non-technical and easy to walk on. Given we are based in L'Île-Rousse, you can always take a rest day, which makes it the perfect trip for different hiking and fitness levels.  

Service included:

  • Organised hiking by a qualified mountain guide
  • A group of max. 10 guests (min. 4 guests)
  • 6 hotel nights in L'Île-Rousse in twin rooms incl. breakfast
  • Public transport from L'Île-Rousse to the start and from the end of hikes, where necessary

Extra costs on tour:

  • Transport to L'Île-Rousse
  • Lunch, dinner, and beverages during the trip

Accommodation:

The 3-star hotel is equipped with a gym, spa & wellness facilities, an outdoor pool, and  a lot of tranquil outdoor seating. It is located a 5-minute walk from the town centre and a 15-minute walk to the beach. The breakfast is buffet-style, and we eat dinner in various restaurants in the town centre. Please contact me for further details of the hotel.

Travel:

It is possible and recommended to travel by ferry to Bastia, in the north-east of Corsica, from Livorno, Italy. L'Île-Rousse is one train ride from Bastia and Calvi. There is a night train from Munich going to Florence, which connects directly with Livorno by train. If you are not coming from mainland Europe, there is an airport in Bastia and Calvi.  I will travel by train and ferry only and am more than happy to assist with booking tickets. Please get in touch!

Programme:

Day 1 – Arrival
We meet for a pre-hike briefing and discussion of the packing list in the hotel in L'Île-Rousse, once everyone has arrived in the afternoon, and go for a joined dinner in the city centre in the evening. 

Day 2 – day 6
The next five days we embark on a hike after breakfast in return to the hotel in the afternoon.  The following is a selection of possible day-hikes from L'Île-Rousse or accessible via public transport.

Circular hike around L'Île-Rousse
13 km, ↑↓ 450 m, 4 hrs 
Above L'Île-Rousse lie the picturesque towns of Corbara, Santa Raparata and Monticello who are all connected via hiking trails and invite for a leisurely hill walk with many options to stop for a bite to eat or a drink.

Lake Codole
17 km, ↑ 550 m, ↓ 750 m, 5 hrs 
We start from Speloncato where we follow a gentle path down to the lake, which we circle before ascending to San Antonino. From here we continue towards the sea, which we can see in the distance, until we reach Occiglioni from where we take a bus back to L'Île-Rousse.    

Capu d’Oci
16 km, ↑↓ 500 m, 5 hrs
From the coastal town of Algajola a hiking path leads to the ruins of the town Oci before we reach the peak of Capu d’Oci. On the way back we pass Lavatoggio, where we can stop for lunch before we return to Algajola.

Calvi Peninsula
15 km, ↑↓ 400 m, 4.5 hrs
From Calvi we explore the little Peninsula with many options to go down to the beach for swim and great views over the sea.

Monte Castellare
15km, ↑↓ 800 m, 5.5 hrs
From Barchetta we pass the small town of Campile on a hill before we go on the ridge towards Monte Castellare. The hike leads through gentle hills covered in chestnut trees.

Day 7 – Departure
We finish our hiking week over dinner the night before. Everybody can meet up for breakfast, yet you can start your travel home at any time today.

Note that our hiking days may differ from the described programme due to weather and path conditions or the physical ability of the group.

Event Information

Start 18-04-2024
End 24-04-2024
Slots 8
Registered 5
Available 3
Price 1.145,00€
Location Lille Rousse, France

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