Coast to Coast Across Corsica
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Mare a Mare Nord Trek

13 days

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Hike the island of Corsica from east to west on this 13-day self-guided adventure

“Mare a Mare” means “sea to sea,” and the Mare a Mare North route crosses from the East coast to the West Coast of Corsica. This self-guided walking tour takes you through the widest and most scenic parts of the incredible island of Corsica.

You’ll experience the breathtaking mountains, spectacular gorges, and unique vegetation that characterize the special landscape of Corsica. Refresh yourself in the warm Mediterranean climate in the many streams, lakes, waterfalls, and natural pools that you find along your route.

The Mare a Mare goes from Moriani to Piana, and this self-guided walking tour shows you the best of this famous trail in a fantastic, 13-day hiking adventure. Take in the beautiful Scala Santa Regina gorge and the Spelunca gorge. Experience the history and culture of this island, learning from villages, historic chapels, and ancient ruins. Enjoy the lovely Calacuccia Lake, the waterfalls at Radule, and the natural pools in Aitone. Spend a rest day in 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 or trekking lodge to the next. Luggage transfers are included, so carry only what you need for the day. A memorable adventure in Corsica awaits – book your Mare a Mare North tour today!

Highlights of the Mare a Mare Nord Trek

Walk from East to West across Corsica.
Discover beautiful views of Monte Incudine and Monte Cinto mountains, the highest points in Corsica.
Witness the famous red rocks of the Calanches of Piana along the Corsican coast.
Watch for dolphins in the wild from the incredible Scandola Nature Reserve.

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Mare a Mare Nord Walking Tour

Day 1 Arrival in Moriani

Welcome to Corsica! Make your way to Moriani to begin your tour. Trains and buses are available from the port or airport at Bastia.
Overnight Location: Orizonte Hotel, Moriani
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Hike to Santa Reparata

Take a short, 10-minute transfer (included) to reach the trailhead. You’ll walk to Moriani village but soon leave its lovely vineyards and meadows behind for the unique region of Castagniccia. Explore the area, noticing how different it is from the rest of Corsica. Visit the small hamlet of Penti and the beautiful San Nicolao church. Spend the night in dormitory-style accommodations in Santa Reparata.
Overnight Location: Gite/Dorms in Santa Reparata
Distance: 3.5 hours, 10 km, 730 m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Hike to Valle d’Alesani

The second day of hiking takes you to a number of villages where you’ll see unusual houses that are grey-green in color. Continue walking and enjoy the cool shade of a grove of chestnut trees. You’ll also explore more of the Castagniccia region and its lovely churches. At one time, this area was the most populated region of Corsica, but today it is mostly deserted.
Overnight Location: Gite/Dorms in Valle d’Alesani
Distance: 4 hours, 11 km, 730 m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Hike to Pianellu

Today’s trail leads you through an ancient forest as you walk from Valle d’Alesani to Pianellu. Along the way, you’ll see a number of ruins, as well as lovely streams and bridges. You can easily imagine yourself back in the time when hawkers wandered these paths selling their goods.
Overnight Location: Gite/Dorms in Pianellu
Distance: 4.5 hours, 13 km, 840 m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Hike to Sermano

Leave the Castagniccia region today and walk to the Boziu region. Once again, explore authentic villages that are beautifully and intricately intertwined with their surroundings. Expect incredible mountain views today as well. You’ll see the impressive ridge of Monte Incudine (2,136 m / 7,008’), and peak of Monte Cinto (2,706 m / 8,878’), the highest mountain in Corsica. When you arrive in Sermano, spend the night in dormitory-style accommodations.
Overnight Location: Gite/Dorms in Sermano
Distance: 5 hours, 14 km, 750 m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Hike to Corte

Explore the beautiful Boziu region today, walking from village to enchanting village. Look for incredible frescoes in the chapels along the way. The landscape provides a rich variety of plant life along today’s walk, including chestnut groves, Corsican scrubland, and wild strawberry bushes. Continue your walk through the heart of Corsica to Corte, the town which Pascal Paoli called the capital of the Isle of Beauty. Stay overnight at a hotel in Corte.
Overnight Location: Hotel du Nord, Corte
Distance: 5 hours, 17 km, 790 m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Transfer to Scala Santa Regina Gorge and hike to Calacuccia Lake

A short transfer takes you from Corte to the beautiful Scala Santa Regina Gorge. Enjoy incredible views of the Golo River and the surrounding valley from the cliffs above. Follow a traditional mule path to Calacuccia Lake, where you’ll spend the night.
Overnight Location: Hôtel Acquaviva, Calacuccia
Distance: 5 hours, 12 km, 850 m of ascent, 500 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Trek through the Verghio Forest

Today’s beautiful walk takes you through the Verghio forest. Leave the traditional Mare a Mare North route and visit the shepherd house and waterfalls at Radule. Your hike continues on the famous GR20 trail where you’ll find numerous opportunities to bathe in refreshing 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 9 Trek to Evisa

Cross over the Col de Verghio Pass, one of Corsica’s four great passes. Continue walking toward Evisa through a forest of unique, endemic Lariccio pines. Enjoy wonderful views of the natural pools and gently flowing waters of the Aitone Stream. Spend the night in Evisa, the chestnut capital of Corsica.
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 10 Trek to Porto

Today the trail takes you to the breathtaking Gorges de Spelunca, where you can also see the famed Genoese bridges and find outstanding views of the amazing natural scenery in the area. Continue walking to Ota village, where you can stop to rest, then end the day with a walk down to the port town of Porto. Spend the night in Porto after a spectacular day.
Overnight Location: Hôtel Corsica, Porto
Distance: 5.5-6 hours, 14.8 km, 650 m of ascent, 1,450 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 Dayhike through Scandola Nature Reserve

Enjoy a well-deserved rest day in Porto and the incredible surrounding area. There are many options available here, including boat rides around the island’s coast, bicycles for hire, or spending the day relaxing on the beach. There’s no bad way to explore this area, but don’t miss the bright red rocks of the Calanches of Piana or dolphin watching at the Scandola Nature Reserve. This may prove to be your favorite place on the island of Corsica.
Overnight Location: Hôtel Corsica, Porto
Distance: N/A
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Trek to Piana

Complete your Mare a Mare North walk today by walking from Porto to Piana. First, follow the coastline and enjoy views of the sea before turning inland and climbing toward the summit of the Capu d’Ortu. In the shadow of the Palani, you can stop to enjoy amazing views of the Calanches of Piana. Continue walking until you reach the center of the cozy and delightful Piana village.
Overnight Location: Hotel Roches Rouges, Piana
Distance: 3.5-4 hours, 11 km, 869 m of ascent, 689 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 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
Distance: N/A
Meals: Breakfast

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Dates and prices of self-guided Mare a Mare Nord walk across Corsica

Pricing for this self-guided walking tour in Corsica depends on your group size. The best time to travel to Corsica for this trek is between May and September.

Prices of Private self-guided Mare a Mare Nord walk across Corsica

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Self-guided groups of 2-3: $1,850 USD per person
  • Self-guided groups of 4-6: $1,525 USD per person
  • Self-guided groups of 7+: $1,350 USD per person
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Accommodation on the self-guided Mare a Mare walk across Corsica

This tour is based primarily in 2- or 3-star hotels. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement. There are 4 nights spent in dormitory-style hikers lodges or gites.

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. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Orizonte Hotel, Moriani ★★★

This beautiful hotel is situated right near sandy beach. Here you will find outdoor pool, free wi-fi, tennis court and other great attractions.

Night 2-5

Gites/Hikers’ Lodges along the trail

During this part of the trip, you will be staying in Gites and Hikers’ Lodges along the trail. The rooms are dormitories and staying in these lodges is a great way to make friends with other hikers.

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 Corsica, Porto ★★★

Stay in comfort just a short walk from the beaches and other attractions of Porto. You may also decide to simply relax by the hotel pool.

Hotel Roches Rouges, Piana ★★

Enjoy amazing coastal views of the sea and the Calanches of Piana, especially at sunset. The best views are from the terrace or rooms on upper floors.

What’s included in the self-guided Mare a Mare walk across Corsica Trek?

Meals

12 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, and 6 dinners are included with your tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 12 nights along the tour as described. There are 8 nights in hotels and 4 nights in dormitory-style lodges.

Transportation during the Tour

Transfer to the trailhead on day 2 is included.

Also Included

  • Luggage transfers
  • Local assistance as needed
  • Route notes and maps

Not included

  • Transportation to or from the island of Corsica
  • Transfers to the starting point and from the ending point of the trek. Other transportation not listed as included (available for an additional fee)
  • Picnic lunches and evening meals not listed as included.
  • Beverages
  • Admission to tourist attractions
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Optional Extras

  • Upgrade to a 4-star hotel in Corte or Piana
  • Airport transfers (prices are per one-way trip):
    • Bastia Airport to Moriani: $125 USD (+ $95 USD on Sundays/holidays)
    • Piana to Ajaccio Airport: $325 USD (+ $125 USD on Sundays/holidays)
    • Piana to Bastia Airport: $650 USD (+ $125 USD on Sundays/holidays)

Frequently Asked Questions about Mare a Mare Nord Trek

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a difficult 3 / 5, due to the large elevation gains and the length of this trip. While each day is relatively moderate, repeating it day after day makes this a more challenging trip. You should be able to walk for 4-7 hours per day on uneven ground in the mountains.

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