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Paths of the Alta Rocca

The paths of hte Alta Rocca is a distinct favourite, allowing you to enjoy all the contrasts and colours of the island. Starting from the gulf of Porto Vecchio on the east coast, the trail rises up through the mountains of the Alta Rocca before arriving in the hill top town of Levie.

This holiday would appeal to anyone that is used to walking regularly and is in good shape. With five days of moderate walking, you will discover the extreme south and all its treasures.

Level of Difficulty: The walks are on good footpaths and trails, the terrain is often rocky and rarely flat. You need to be used to walking all day and take regular exercise to enjoy this holiday. There are many uphill and downhill sections. We describe this walk as moderate with strenuous sections and encourage walkers to use two walking poles.

Holiday Summary

  • Total distance: 65km
  • Nearest Airport: Figari
  • Duration: 7 nights, 5 walking day 
  • Sunday - Sunday (any day departure supplement)
  • Prices from £851pp mixed board basis (excluding flights)

Features

  • Explore chic Porto Vecchio
  • Heart of the Alta Rocca
  • Discover mountains and maquis
  • Historical treasures and cultural sites
  • Sample village life
  • Charming accommodations
  • Dates available 01/05- 31/10

Included in the price

  • Return airport transfers from Figari airport
  • 7 nights in simple auberge style accommodation with mixed board basis
  • Evening meal on day 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Dossier containing your maps and route notes
  • All internal transfers
  • Baggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • Telephone assistance

Not Included in the price

  • Return flights
  • Admission to museums and archaeological sites
  • Local taxes (approx €2 per day)
  • Travel insurance
  • Unscheduled transfers
  • Drinks, picnics, personal expenses and souvenirs etc,
  • Insurance
  • Evening meal on day 1 & 7

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day

Arrive into Porto Vecchio, with time to settle into your central hotel before exploring. Porto Vecchio is the third largest town on Corsica, the beaches are some of the best in the Med. The ambiance is chic and distinctly Mediterranean and you will love the contrasts of this town. It is great to just sit in one of the cafés in the Citadel or the harbour, and soak up the atmosphere. Visit the tourist shops, or simply just relax on the beach. Night in central 3*hotel on a B&B basis.

  • Transfer from airport to hotel
  • Dinner is not included tonight

Day 2: Porto Vecchio - San Gavino (18.7km)

We transfer you up to the trailhead in the Ospedale forest, Cartalavonu, providing you with a beautiful viewpoint over the Gulf of Porto Vecchio and the lake of Ospedale.You take a short detour around the summit of Vacca Morta (which also rewards you with great panormaic views). After passing through the col de Mela, you discover the needles of Bavella mountains and the charming little village of Carbini. Your last section takes you through Levie, before reaching San-Gavinu-di-Carbini

  • Duration 7 hours
  • Altitude gain: + 900m
  • Descent: - 1,250m

Day 3: San Gavino - Quenza (10.8km)

A much easier day today, the path you follow leads you to Cucurruzzu archaelogical site, a magical place to visit, through shaded maquis through a jumble of rocks. The path runs alongside the stream of Pian di Santu. You will walk into the heart of the Alta Rocca villages, explore the mountain village of Zonza, a lively place full of mountain life, and then from Zonza to Quenza - an absolutely charming walk to a beautiful mountain village!

  • Duration 4 hours
  • Altitude gain: + 470m
  • Descent: - 340m

Day 4: Quenza - Serra di Scopamena (10km)

Quenza is famous for its church that dates back to the year 1000. You leave this village and hike up to the playeau of Cuscione and the hamlet of Hgjallicu, before descending through scrubland and pass by the shepherds' huts of Lavu Donacu along the ridge a highlight of the tour before reaching your final destination for the evening the village of Serra de Scopamena. Your nightstop is in the village centre, an old traditional granite house that has been beautifully renovated. It radiates calm and harmony and offers views across the Rizzanese valley that  are unforgetable. Serra is the highest village in the region, situated at 900m.

  • Duration 4 hours
  • Altitude gain: + 410m
  • Descent: - 580m

Day 5: Serra di Scopamena - Levie (15km)

At the village entrance is an old mill, the wheel is still intact. This 'moulin' would have been used to mill chestnut flour in past times and has been recently restored, there are still 150 hectares of chestnut trees here.  Serra is the highest village in the region, situated at 900m. Pass the village of Sorbollano, you head back towards the famous archeological site of Cucuruzzu and Capula, you have time to walk around.  The last part of the walk is on a country lane, to this comfortable Ferme Auberge with indoor pool for tonight.

  • Duration 6 hours
  • Altitude gain: + 650m
  • Descent: - 650m

Day 6: Serradu Plateau - Altagene (10.5km/15km)

This walk is one of our all time favourites, you can adapt the walking in length and difficulty depending on the weather and your motivation!  A well graded path zig zags swiftly up through the woods to a plateau area.  A final gate gives access to a beautiful expanse of mountain top.  You can make your way accross this meadow like open space to a raised orientation table.  There is a 360° panoramic view that is wondorous, vast and remarkable. You may decide to picnic at a nearby shepherd's cabin, bag the summit or do a circular village walk to Altagene with views over Sainte Lucie de Tallano.

  • Duration 4 hours/6 hours
  • Altitude gain: + 620m
  • Descent: - 810m

Day 7: Levie - Propriano

Transfer from Levie to Propriano located midway between Bonifacio and Ajaccio at the innermost point of the Gulf of Valinco, Propriano has evolved into a busy town, port and pleasure marina, surrounded by maquis-covered hills and fronting a turquoise sea. Palm trees fringe the charming quayside with its inviting pavement cafés, bars and restaurants.

  • Transfer to Propriano

Day 8: Departure day

Transfer from hotel to Figari airport.

Click here for the Mare e Mare North - Calacuccia to Piana walking tour.

Click here for the Mare e Monti North - Calvi to Porto walking tour.

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