Corte to the Coast Trek

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Corte to the Coast Trek


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Discover Corsica's stunning natural beauty on this 8-day self-guided hiking adventure

Witness lovely waterfalls and bathe in refreshing natural pools.

Enjoy the shade of the unique Lariccio pine trees as you cross the Col de Verghio Pass.

Discover the stunning natural beauty of the Spelunca gorge and the famous Genoese bridges that cross it.

Explore the red rocks of the Calanches of Piana and watch for dolphins at the Scandola Nature Reserve.

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!

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
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
6-7 hours, 18 km, 900 m of ascent, 554 m of descent
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
3.5-4 hours, 11 km, 400 m of ascent, 850 m of descent
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
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
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

Dates and prices of self-guided Corte to the Coast Walking Tour

This self-guided tour in Corsica is always run as a private tour for your group only and the price depends on the month of your travelling.

The prices below are per person, sharing a double or a triple room:

  • Price per person staying in a single room (groups of 2+): from $1,525USD*
  • Price per person sharing a double/triple room: from $1,095USD*

* - Pricing for this tour depends on the dates of your trip. Please click the Book Now button below to get the exact pricing for your trip dates.

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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 $395USD in May, June and September, and $525USD in July and August.

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.

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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 (Dormitory), Verghio

Discover why this hotel is so popular with hikers! It’s in a great location and you can enjoy wonderful mountain views.

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.

Hotels on Standard Tour

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.

Also Included

  • Luggage transfers
  • Local assistance as needed

Not included

  • 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

Optional Extras

  • Purchase maps of the walking tour - $50USD
  • Private transfers (price per taxi, 2-4 people):
    • Ajaccio – Ajaccio Airport: $75USD
    • Porto – Ajaccio: $350USD (+ $225USD on Sundays/holidays)

Frequenty Asked Questions about Corte to the Coast Trek

How hard is the Corte to the Coast Walking Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You should be able to walk for 4-7 hours per day on uneven ground in the mountains. Day 3 is the most difficult day for most guests.

Do I need a Visa to travel to France?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Corte to the Coast Walking Tour?

Breakfast is included each morning (7 breakfasts). One picnic lunch and 2 dinners are also included. Other meals are not included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Corte to start this tour?

Fly to Bastia Airport (BIA) or take a ferry to Bastia. Trains are available between Bastia and Corte. Airport transfers can be arranged for an additional fee.

Where does the Corte to the Coast Walking Tour end?

The tour ends in Ajaccio. You can fly home from the Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport (AJA) or arrange transportation back to the Bastia Airport. Transfers are available for an additional fee. Buses and trains are also available.

What do I need to pack for this tour?

For the Corte to the Coast Walking Tour we recommend to pack:

  • Clothes that are appropriate for the weather and comfortable for walking for several hours
  • Sturdy walking shoes, that are broken in, and good socks
  • Warm layers for varying weather conditions
  • Rain gear
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, hat)
  • Backpack that can carry what you need for the day
  • Water bottle
  • Mess kit for lunch along the walk (resealable container, plastic mug, utensils)
  • Camera and accessories
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Spending money
  • Maps and a compass
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Optional items:
    • walking poles
    • utility pocketknife
    • snacks

Are luggage transfers included in the the Corte to the Coast Walking Tour?

Yes. Please be sure that you pack in only one bag that is either soft or on wheels, and that your bag weighs no more than 15 kg

Do I need special vaccines to travel to France?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for France?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Corsica for this tour?

The best time to travel to Corsica for this trek is between early June and mid-September.


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We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You should be able to walk for 4-7 hours per day on uneven ground in the mountains. Day 3 is the most difficult day for most guests.

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