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A Taste of the South

Explore this area of Corsica, starting in the capital, Ajaccio and heading south along the coast with spectacular views over the Golf of Ajaccio and Golf of Valinco and then onwards to Bonifacio which is the southernmost tip of Corsica.

Holiday Summary

  • Total distance: 86km / 53.5 miles or 91km / 56.5 miles
  • Nearest airport: Into Ajaccio and out of Figari
  • Duration: 7 nights, 7 walking days
  • Sunday - Sunday (any day departure supplement)
  • Prices from £972pp mixed board basis (excluding flights)

Features

  • Ajaccio - Corsica's capital
  • Gulf of Valinco
  • Capu di Senetosa and the lighthouse
  • Madonetta lighthouse
  • Dates available 01/05 - 31/10

Included in the price

  • Return airport transfers (from Ajaccio and to Figari)
  • 7 nights in simple auberge style accommodation with mixed board basis
  • Evening meal on day 2
  • 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

Itinerary

Day 1: Ajaccio (6km / 4 miles or 11km / 7 miles)
The airport is just a short journey from the town where there are old narrow streeets to explore, the fisherman's cathedral, the market, Napoleon's house, or you can simply relax on the beach. The town has a backdrop of hills with a lovely trail called the 'Sentier des Cretes' a ridge walk that gives fantastic views of the bay and an aerial view of the town. The maquis at this altitude offers a host of plants, strawberry trees, wild myrtle, garlic, orchids, bright yellow broom and heather.

  • Duration: 2 hours / 4 hours
  • Altitude gain: +140m / +340m
  • Descent: -140m / -340m

Day 2: Coti Chiavari (12km / 7.5 miles)
After a short ride from Ajaccio, you arrive at the hamlet of Bisinao. The path travels to the village of Pietrosella, from where you steeply climb to the ridge. From here, you have fantastic views out over the Golfe d'Ajaccio. After a final summit, you drop down into Coti Chiavari, a sleepy village with great views, once home to an important penitentiary.

  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Altitude gain: +420m
  • Descent: -530m

Day 3: Serra di Ferru (10km / 6 miles)
The walk from Coti Chiavari has some of the best views of the southern end of the Golfe d'Ajaccio with its hidden coves and watchtowers. The view then opens on the Golfe di Valinco and the mountains of the south east before dropping down to Cupabia. The trail runs long the beach made of fine sand and the water is pure and transparent so don't forget your swimming gear. You then climb to the village of Serra di Ferru, or walk the coast to Capanelle tower, before arriving in the delightful seaside village of Porto Pollo.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Altitude gain: +260m
  • Descent: -750m

Day 4: Olmeto (15km / 9 miles)
Today you leave the Tavaro valley, you will have a transfer to the trailhead before you climb along the ridge to the perched village of Olmeto. The maquis cloaked hills rise high above the Golfe di Valinco, past shepherds' huts, watchtowers and olive groves and the views are superb, Olmeto is a very atmospheric village, with a great view over the Valinco. After visiting the village, drop down to Barracci beach at Propriano.

  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Altitude gain: +500m
  • Descent: -521m

Day 5: Senetosa (14km / 8.5 miles)

You will not have access to your full luggage tonight, so make sure you have all you need for the evening and the following day in your day pack.

A short transfer takes you to todays walk, this is a real adventure! You are walking to the most remote lighthouse in Corsica, in an area of truly outstanding natural beauty. The walk is over the ridge, with superb views over the coast and an insight into the pastoral origins of this area through the maquis to deserted coves at the Capu di Senetosa. Round the headland you walk through fields of immortelle, before catching sight of the lighthouse, nestled in the rocks. This is a truly wonderful spot as the sun sets, a really unique setting to spend the night.

  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Altitude gain: +450m
  • Descent: -450m
  • NO ACCESS TO YOUR FULL LUGGAGE TONIGHT, BACKPACK ONLY

Day 6: Campomoro (14km / 8.5 miles)
Climb to the Genoese towwer high above Senetosa lighthouse, with views over the southern Corsican mountains. Follow the ridge before dropping down to Cala di Conca bay, your coastal path takes you to all the bays in this remarkable coastline Cala d'Arana, Cala d'Aguila, Canusseddu, all the way to Campomoro. The rocks are shaped by the winds and the sea into some fantastic forms 'taffoni', and the sea is very tempting for a quick dip. Arrive at Campomoro and largest Genoese tower on the island. At the end of the walk a transfer takes you to Bonifacio.

  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Altitude gain: 245m
  • Descent: 245m

Day 7: Bonifacio (15km / 9 miles)
There is choice of routes today, walk along the clifftops and the coast of this southernmost tip of Corsica. For a longer walk, you can head to the Hermitage de la Trinite church, to the north of Bonifacio, from where you walk to the Capo di Feno, along a coastal path to Paraguan beach, before heading onto the cliffs near the Iles de Fazzio and along towards La Madonetta lighthouse. With views over the old town and harbour. For a shorter walk, try the walk on the Campu Rumanilu both are wonderful coastal walks and a great finale to your walking holiday.

  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Altitude gain: +255m
  • Descent: -255m

Day 8: Departure day
After breakfast, transfer the airport.

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