Discover Corsica's stunning natural beauty on this 8-day self-guided hiking adventure
Trek from the mountains to the sea, on this adapted route of the Mare a Mare route. This self-guided trek goes from Corte to Piana and takes you along the most beautiful and scenic section of the traditional Mare a Mare North trail.
Explore breathtaking gorges, lakes, waterfalls and natural pools during this incredible walking tour in Corsica.This self-guided walking tour allows you to see the highlights of this famous trail in a fantastic, week-long hiking adventure. You’ll marvel at the beauty of the Scala Santa Regina gorge and the Spelunca gorge. Enjoy the lovely Calacuccia Lake, the waterfalls at Radule, and the natural pools in Aitone. Explore the picturesque seaside town of Porto, and while you’re there take in the bright red rocks at Calanches of Piana, and watch for dolphins at the Scandola Nature Reserve.
The tour is self-guided so walk at your leisure from one hotel to the next. Luggage transfers are included, so carry only what you need for the day. A beautiful adventure in Corsica awaits you so book your Mare a Mare North tour today!
Highlights of the Corte to the Coast Trek
Corte to the Coast Walking Tour
Day 1 Arrival in Corte
Welcome to Corsica! Make your way to Corte to begin your tour. Trains are available from Ajaccio or Bastia.
Overnight Location: Hôtel Duc de Padoue, Corte
Day 2 Explore Scala Santa Regina Gorge and Trek to Calacuccia Lake
A short transfer takes you from Corte to the beautiful Scala Santa Regina Gorge. From the cliffs, enjoy incredible views of the Golo River and the surrounding valley. Follow the old mule path to reach Calacuccia Lake and your hotel for the night.
Overnight Location: Hôtel Acquaviva, Calacuccia
Distance: 5 hours, 12 km, 850 m of ascent, 500 m of descent
Day 3 Radule Waterfall and Shepherd House, Verghio forest
Enjoy a beautiful day walking through the Verghio forest. Detour from the Mare a Mare route to visit the shepherd house and waterfalls at Radule. Continue your hike on the famous GR20 trail until you reach tonight’s hotel. Along the way, take advantage of the numerous opportunities for bathing in the natural pools.
Overnight Location: Hôtel Castel di Verghio, Verghio
Distance: 6-7 hours, 18 km, 900 m of ascent, 554 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Aitone Stream and Natural Pools, Evisa
Cross the Col de Verghio Pass, one of the four great passes of Corsica. Continue your walk through a forest of unique, endemic Lariccio pines to reach Evisa, the chestnut capital of Corsica. Enjoy fantastic views of the natural pools and gently flowing waters of the Aitone Stream. Spend the night in Evisa.
Overnight Location: Hôtel Scopa Rossa, Evisa
Distance: 3.5-4 hours, 11 km, 400 m of ascent, 850 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Trek from Evisa to Porto through Ota
Explore the breathtaking natural scenery of the Gorges de Spelunca, as well as the renowned Genoese bridges that give you outstanding views of this amazing area. Continue walking to the village of Ota, where you can stop for a rest before finishing the day with a walk down to the port town of Porto. Spend the night in Porto after an absolutely incredible day.
Overnight Location: Hôtel Costa Rossa, Porto
Distance: 5.5-6 hours, 14.8 km, 650 m of ascent, 1,450 m of descent
Day 6 Scandola Nature Reserve and Calanches of Piana
Today is a rest day in the incredible town of Porto and the surrounding area. There are many ways to enjoy this day, including a boat ride around the island’s coast, renting a bicycle to explore, or simply relaxing on the beach. There’s no bad way to explore this area, which includes the bright red rocks of the Calanches of Piana as well as the Scandola Nature Reserve. Watch for dolphins splashing in the surf. This is one of the most wonderful places on the island of Corsica.
If you would prefer to make today another walking day, the follow the coastline as you walk toward Piana. You’ll climb inland toward the summit of Capu d’Ortu. From the shady Palani chestnut orchard, you’ll find wonderful views of the Calanches of Piana. Continue your walk all the way to the idyllic Piana village. This walk takes about 4 hours, after which you can take a bus back to Porto to spend the night.
Overnight Location: Hôtel Costa Rossa, Porto
Day 7 Porto – Ajaccio
In the morning, catch the bus from Porto to Ajaccio. The ride takes about 2.5 hours and tickets should be purchased directly from the driver (not included). Transfer from the Ajaccio coach station to your hotel is included. Stay overnight in Ajaccio. Note that the bus from Porto to Ajaccio is not available on Sundays or holidays.
Overnight Location: Hôtel Napoleon, Ajaccio
Distance: 2.5 hrs (driving)
Day 8 Departure Day
Sadly, your Mare a Mare North walking tour in Corsica ends after breakfast. Airport transfers can be arranged for an additional fee. Have a pleasant journey!
Overnight Location: N/A
Dates and prices of self-guided Corte to the Coast Walking Tour
Pricing for this self-guided walking tour in Corsica depend on the season you walk in.
The best time to travel to Corsica for this trek is between May and September.
Private Self-guided Trek from Corte to the Coast
Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:
- May, June or September: $995 USD per person
- July or August: $1,095 USD per person
Accommodation on the Corte to the Coast Walking Tour
This tour is based in hotels. Hotels on this trip are 2- or 3-star hotels. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement.
In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.
Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel. The supplement is $425 USD in May, June and September, and $550 USD in July and August.
Hotels on Standard Tour
Hôtel Duc de Padoue, Corte ★★★
A central hotel with old-world charm and a cozy atmosphere. Enjoy great service from the friendly staff and a delicious breakfast buffet.
Hôtel Du Nord, Corte ★★★
This hotel is recently renovated and offers excellent service in a convenient location. Expect a peaceful and relaxing stay.
Hôtel Acquaviva, Calacuccia ★★★
Enjoy beautiful mountain views from your private balcony or relax in the evening by the fireplace. This family-run hotel is a favorite with locals, too!
Hôtel Castel di Verghio, Verghio ★★★
Discover why this hotel is so popular with hikers! It’s in a great location and you can enjoy wonderful mountain views from your balcony.
Hôtel Scopa Rossa, Evisa ★★
A simple hotel in a beautiful rural location. Enjoy the gardens and terrace and an outdoor swimming pool.
Hôtel Costa Rossa, Porto ★★★
Relax in your spacious room with a balcony that overlooks the mountains with glimpses of the sea. Beautiful gardens and a large swimming pool await you!
Hôtel Napoleon, Ajaccio ★★★
Make yourself comfortable in this hotel with great service and quality amenities, all within easy walking distance of the beach and other attractions.
What’s included in the Corte to the Coast Walking Tour?
7 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, and 2 dinners are included with your tour.
Accommodations for 7 nights along the tour as described. Most hotels are of a 3-star standard.
Transportation during the Tour
This tour includes one transfer from the trail station to Ajaccio. You are in charge of any other transfers.
- Luggage transfers
- Local assistance as needed
- Airport transfers and any other transfers not listed as included
- Picnic lunches, evening meals and beverages not listed as included
- Admission to tourist attractions
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Purchase maps of the walking tour - $50 USD
- Private transfers (price per taxi, 2-4 people):
- Ajaccio – Ajaccio Airport: $75 USD
- Porto – Ajaccio: $375 USD (+ $250 USD on Sundays/holidays)
Frequently Asked Questions about Corte to the Coast Trek
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