Corsica walking holiday : From the sea in Calvi to the Mountains in Corte
    • France - Corsica
    • 6 days
    • Walking
    • Self-guided
      • From April to October
    • 2 - 10 travellers
      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming
      • Prestige
      • Trip code : C1129

About the Corsica walking holiday : From the sea in Calvi to the Mountains in Corte trip

About your walking trip in Corsica

Corsica island has been part of France for over 200 years, a mountain literally in the Mediterranean Sea, from its jagged coastline and sandy beaches to the serrated rocky summits that soar into and above the clouds, and everything in between, the landscapes are as sumptuous as they are contrasting.

We've designed the best self guided Corsica walking holiday, with the best hikes and great places to stay in Corsica between Calvi by the sea and Corte in the mountains 

You venture into the heart of it all and immerse yourself in the remote and wild landscapes of Corsica. We have handpicked some of the most beautiful coastal and mountain walks with a moderate level of difficulty.
Mountainous peaks, turquoise seas, varied terrain, plus of course a blissful Mediterranean climate all make for a real walking adventure and the ideal escape in Corsica !

Please note : This hiking trip is a Moderate + walking level. If you suffer from severe fear of heights, make sure to contact us to get more information about the tour.

Highlight of the tour

  • Coastal walk to the Revellata lighthouse, admiring the turquoise sea
  • Swimming opportunities on sandy secluded beaches
  • Hiking trails through chestnut forests
  • 1 picnic included
  • The best places and the best hikes in Corsica from the sandy beaches of Calvi to the wild mountain lakes of Corte
  • Diverse landscapes with the best hiking spots in Corsica, a moderate walking grade
  • Strolling through Corte, one of the "must" historic places to stay in Corsica
  • Follow trails to blue mountain lakes, glittering natural pools and shepherds’ huts
  • Emerald waters of the Restonica gorge
  • Choose your type of accommodation,  extra walks/rides, an e-bike, etc .. Click on BOOK
From the blog

Corsica walking holiday, from the sea in Calvi to the Mountains in Corte: Day By Day

Day 1 - Calvi and its citadel

  • Arrival on your own in Calvi
  • Night in Calvi

  • We recommend :
    . Have an extra night in Calvi and explore its beautiful citadel perched on a rocky spur and its pretty cobbled streets. You will enjoy the great views of the coast and the beaches nearby. A great combination of culture, traditions and beaches ! 

  • ACCESS to Calvi  
    . Airport  : regular flights to Corsica and also low-cost airlines sometimes from Paris , Nice or Marseille  
    . Corsica ferry : regular ferry from Nice and Marseille
    . Train : trains from Bastia and Ajaccio. Link for the schedules   

Day 2 - Revellata lighthouse walking day

  • Walk - Calvi > Revelata lighthouse > Calvi 
    4 to 5 hours  - 15km / 9.3 miles - Ascent: +220 m / Descent: -220 m
  • The walk : Moderate loop walk to the Revellata lighthouse. There are some rocky sections and you may need to use a carefully placed hand or two as you negotiate the jagged coastline path. 
  • Today’s walk takes you along the "Sentier du Littoral", the path set along the bar rock and follows the jagged coastline.  You discover the peninsula and its secluded little beaches perfect for a swim. You return to this same spot after completing the loop around the Revellata. From the Revellata Lighthouse you will be able to enjoy the Mediterranean and surrounding mountains. Return to Calvi along a path on the top of the peninsula.
  • Night in Calvi
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

  • Market on the 1st and 3rd Thurday of the month. 

Day 3 - Notre Dame de Serra loop hiking day

  • Walk - Calvi > Notre Dame de Serra chapel > Calvi (3 hours - 5.6 miles).
    3 hours - 9km / 5.6 miles - Ascent: +250 m / Descent: -250 m
  • The walk : Easy to Moderate loop. The path is mostly easy underfoot with some rocky sections.
  • You leave Calvi centre by foot  and you follow a sandy and rocky path with views behind you of the bay of Calvi and climb up to "Notre Dame de Serra" chapel.  There, you enjoy the stunning views of the bay of Calvi before taking a long and winding sandy track back down to the plains and into the heart of Calvi.
  • Night in Calvi
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

  • Market in Calvi on the 1st and 3rd Thurday of the month 

Day 4 - Free day in Calvi and Corte

    • Calvi > Corte
    • Today is a free day in Calvi and Corte. You can enjoy Calvi and the beaches and even have an extra relaxing night in Calvi! Please note: Your transfer from Calvi to Corte by train (not included) is on your own.
    • Corte is the historic capital of Corsica and the cultural and political centre, set against a backdrop of incredible mountain scenery. Once you arrive in Corte there is a 10-15 mins walk to your hotel right in the town centre. Take the time to meander through the town’s authentic streets. 
    • Night in Corte
    • MEALS included: Breakfast

    • Transfer options:
      . Train Calvi > Corte-Corti : 2h30 ride, around 20€ pp, 1 direct train ( with 1 train change on the way) - Line Calvi - Ajaccio (tickets can be bought directly at the train station)
      . Taxi Calvi > Corte : Taxi ride is around 1h30, fare from 200€ to 300€. Contact us

    • Market every Friday morning in Calvi

Day 5 - Lake Melo : amazing hike in Corsica

  • Walk - Bergerie Grotelle > Lake Melo > Bergerie Grotelle (2 hours 30 - 2.5 miles)
    2  hours 30 - 4km / 2.5 miles - Ascent: +330 m / Descent: -330 m
  • The walkset in an Alpine environment, with steep paths including “easy” scrambling passages with chains and ladders
  • Important: It is worthwhile to begin the hike early in the morning to avoid the crowds and enjoy the stillness of the lakes. If starting early enough, you may be able to enjoy lunch in one of the two “bergeries” - (sheepfold), either 30 minutes before the end, or at the end itself.
  • Short transfer (30min) to the start of your walk. The walk begins at an altitude of 1 370 metres, at the Bergerie de la Grotelle (known for their cured meats). The walk climbs steadily up the valley on a rocky path to the first lake: Lac di Melo. Peaceful, with lots of places to enjoy a break or picnic lunch. Walk back to the Bergerie of Grotelle. Transfer back to your hotel.
  • Night in Corte
  • MEALS included: Breakfast & Picnic

  • Please NOTE :
    . On this particular walk,  if you are not an experienced mountain hiker, and haven't been used chains and ladders to climb :
    . We then highly recommend getting a private local guide for the day. He will be able to assist you, encourage you and share his knowledge and experience with you. Learn the lay of the land from those who know it best ...

- Have an extra walk in Corte ( Not possible in July & August )

  • Have an extra night walk in Corte and go for an extra walk towards the emerald coloured waters of the Tavignano gorges - Contact us 
  • Walk - Corte > Tavignano gorges > Corte
    4 to 5 hours - 13km / 8 miles - Ascent: +350 m / Descent: -350 m
  • You leave Corte on foot and head out on your hike. You’re in the heart of the wilderness as soon as you leave the centre of Corte. The path is always easy underfoot, easy to follow and cobbled most of the way. There are no steep climbs or descents and the route follows the "Mare a Mare" path above the left bank of the Tavignano river before entering the high mountains the further you penetrate into the gorge and the scenery becomes more dramatic. At the end of the hike the path descends to a footbridge that crosses the river. There is a natural pool for a refreshing swim. Return back on the same path.

Day 6 - End of your walking holiday in Corsica !

  • End of your trip after breakfast in Corte. Bye Bye Corsica ...

  • RETURN from Corte  
    . Train : Corte > Calvi or Corte > Bastia or Corte > Ajaccio  - Schedules here 
    . Bus Corte > Ajaccio (1 hour 45) - Schedules 
    . Airport  : regular flights and low-cost airlines from Calvi, Ajaccio, Bastia to Paris , Nice or Marseille  
    . Corsica ferry : regular ferry from Nice and Marseille

- Info on the walks in Corsica

  • Please note : Corsica walking itineraries are Moderate + level,  due to rocky terrain.
    . Some trails can be more rocky than others, and therefore may take more time to walk if you are not used to this type of terrain.
    . We do our best to calculate a fair estimation of the walk ( The indicated walking time is based on no rest, no stop, no picnic)
    . We appreciate that this time can vary according to walking abilities.
  • On some walks around Corte, we highly recommend you getting a private local guide for the day. 
    If you are not an experienced mountain hiker and haven't been used chains and ladders to climb : he will be able to assist you, encourage you and share his knowledge and experience with you. Learn the lay of the land from those who know it best ...

  • CHALLENGING walking option 
    On some walks, we give you the possibility to choose a more challenging walk
    . Walking level: It is is suitable only for those with hiking experience on mountainous and jagged rockyterrain. 
    Please be aware that this option is for experienced hikers and the level of difficulty of the itineraries can be strenuous: more distance, more elevation gain, chains and ladders to climb and some stages during which certain skills may be required. 
    . If you are interested, please contact us

Trip info

The rates are per person,

  • on a 2 pers. minimum reservation basis ( shared room)
  • and is always subject to availability
  • If you travel SOLO : please contact us 

INCLUDED

  • 5 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 1 picnic
  • Day 5 : transfer back and forth to the start of your walk 
  • Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, including highlighted maps
  • 1 road map of the region
  • 24/7 phone assistance

NOT INCLUDED

  • Day 1 : your own transport to Calvi
  • Day 4 : transfer by train from Calvi to Corte
  • Day 6 : your own transfer from Corte 
  • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
  • Entrance fees to museums, insurance, drinks
  • Items of personal nature
  • Single supplement

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        • France - Corsica
        • 2 adults (2x580€)
        • 0 children (0x580€)
      • 6 days
      • Simple
    Total 1160€
    Deposit 3560€
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