France : Corsica

North Corsican Wonders Between Coast and Mountains

Trip code: W07CI 4 (3 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2 & 2+

73.0Kg CO2e

SUMMARY

  • The Island of Beauty boasts an incredible palette of scenery: coastal landscapes, stunning shorelines, breath-taking mountains,
  • Magical places where crystal-clear water, deserted creeks and wild cliffs stand side-by-side.
  • Fragrance of aromatic plants, citrus, eucalyptus and lavender along your walks

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All Breakfasts and 1 picnic lunch
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers
  • Boat crossing from St Florent to Lotu Beach
  • Train transfer from Calvi to Bastia

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Corsica is not called the Island of Beauty without any reason. From Bastia to Calvi, discover the north coast with stunning landscapes, unspoilt beaches, heritage and rich tradition.

Enjoy the fragrance of the maquis (scrubland), carried on the wind from the mountains to the coast. This heady mix of plants includes eucalyptus, juniper, rosemary, heather, myrtle, sage, mint, thyme and lavender. The yellow immortelle has the most distinctive aroma and is one of the most celebrated plants.

Taste the Corsican unique flavours with its charcuterie: richly-marbled coppa, lonzu, prisuttu and figatellu. Fish and seafood are accented with local herbs including oregano, marjoram and mint. Honey and chestnuts are other staple island products. Other delights that should not be missed are the aromatic wines with their own strong identity from L'Ile-Rousse and Calvi.

Through the enchanting landscapes, this walking tour will introduce you to the scent and taste of Corsica.

Terrain

Average maximum temperatures in Corsica range from 17 degrees in April, up to 34 degrees in July & August. During July and August, temperature can be up to 40 degrees. We recommend to choose a departure before or after this period.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1 : Arrive in Bastia

Transfer from Bastia airport to your hotel (included). Explore the old port, citadel and steep streets overlooking the azure Tyrrhenian sea.

Bastia owes its name to this 'bastille', built on a promontory in the 14th century by Genoese governors. In the shelter of its ramparts, it's a village within the city. Each alleyway leads to a monument.

You stay at Hotel Le Bastia.

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Hotel Le Bastia, Bastia

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Located on the hill of Bastia and overlooking the city, the hotel has a panoramic view and nearby shops and offers a fitness area and a swimming pool..

Day 2: At Bastia (6km/3.7mi)

Transfer to Cardo, a quaint village. This place opens a splendid door to the wild, preserved Cap Corse, punctuated with Genoese towers and maquis scrublands, secret rivers and unexpected forests. Along your walk, discover beautiful views of Bastia and St Florent.

In the afternoon, enjoy a walk in Bastia. This is a lively town, an impression that is intensified as you stroll through Place Saint Nicolas, a popular meeting-place for locals, or the Place du Marche, which is always colourful and bustling.

Day 3: Bastia - St Florent (15km/9.3mi)

After a transfer, walk on the coastal path to Punta Vecchiaia. Enjoy wonderful sceneries over the Gulf of St Florent. Possibility to stop at a wine estate in St Florent.

Wander through the old town, discovering the citadel, an extraordinary monument from the Genoese period, then make a short visit to the attractive Romanesque church of Santa Maria Assunta, before enjoying a well-earned aperitif along the marina, which is the best place to admire the sunset on the natural bay while having a drink on a terrace.

You stay at Hotel Bellevue.

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Hotel Bellevue, Saint Florent

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Set within a 1-hectare park, Hotel Bellevue is 150 yards from the port town of Saint Florent. It offers a tennis court and an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers. In the evening, Mediterranean dishes can be sampled in the hotel’s restaurant.

Day 4 : At St Florent (12km/7.5mi)

Explore the Agriates Desert, a fascinating rugged territory of unspoilt landscapes, rich fauna, and paradisical beaches. Walk through this protected natural site and reach a quiet, undisturbed realm of nature at the Lotu beach, one of the hidden gems of Corsica. Then continue along magnificent coastal path with small creeks and crystal water.

Day 5 : St Florent - Ile Rousse - Calvi (14km/8.7mi)

Transfer to Ile Rousse. Built on one of the most beautiful bays of the Balagne, the Ile-Rousse owes its name to the presence of a small islet of red porphyry. Enjoy the enchanting scenery of maquis scrublands and granite rocks. Then follow the coast on board of the famous Trinighellu train with superb panorama. Walk to unspoilt beaches before reaching the light house Revellata.

You stay at Hotel Le Revellata.

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Hotel Le Revellata, Calvi

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Warm and bright, Hotel Revellata and its team welcomes you to Calvi in Corsica for a relaxing stay with its outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, its indoor swimming corridor, its wellness area and its fitness room

Day 6 : At Calvi (5km/3.1mi or 10km/6.2mi)

Explore the mountains and enjoy fragrance of aromatics herbs and wonderful landscapes overlooking Calvi. Then, wander in Calvi (Birthplace of Christopher Columbus) a Genoese citadel set on the sea and surrounded by rocky mountains that cast their shadow on the waters. This place offers a labyrinth of picturesque streets and a pretty port with bars and restaurants for a fabulous dining experience.

You stay at Hotel A Storia.

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Hotel A Storia, Bastia

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In the heart of Bastia, in a walking distance from the train station, this hotel is ideally located to enjoy the vibrant life of this colourful town.

Day 7 : Calvi - Bastia

Transfer from Calvi to Bastia. Calvi to Bastia. Transfer by train longing the coast with stunning views. Then enjoy the lively seaside resort of Bastia between small yachts and polychrome fishing boats, which invites you to stroll around at any time.

Day 8 : Leave Bastia

Transfer from your hotel to the airport (included)

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $522.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $522.

TRAVEL DETAILS

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 0044 1606 720199 or email us at sales@headwater.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

REVIEWS

Be aware there is not a lot of shade and no access to water. Coastal walks can be too hot in the summer months. We went at the end of June and it was very hot there were signs on some routes warning people it was too hot to walk. . Using the gps app provided is an absolute must , if using paper instructions we'd have got lost.

The train journeys were really picturesque and added to the holiday experience.. Our local guide was excellent and punctual.

JAMES, 24 Jun 2023

 

The local agent, Emmanuel, was excellent and also a careful driver. The hotels were generally good, but the first hotel we stayed in ("Port Toga", not "le Bastia") was very good. The level of facilities in the rooms of the hotels was different which is to be expected from 3* hotels. All had AC's that worked, which was good given the temperatures we experienced. The pools at "Belle Vue" and "Le Revellata" were very good; we did not try the one at the Port Toga, and "A Storia" didn't have one.

The app for these walks is a must have. It shows precisely where one is relative to the paths available. The route maps are OK but not clear enough, and the descriptive could be better. The walks were generally quite spectacular, but on unmade and rugged ground, so care is needed along with proper walking shoes. Shame about missing the boat trip to the Loku beach but a storm was forecast.

The holiday was generally very enjoyable despite the heat, and a blister or two. Mr. Norbury - June 2023

MCNICOLL-NORBURY, 10 Jun 2023

 

We loved our trip to Corsica. The local agents, and particularly Emanuel, were chatty and informative. The hotels were good and the one in St Florent had a huge terrace overlooking the sea - which was very special. The sea swimming was beyond brilliant. A note about the walks however - don't rely on the maps and instructions. They are not 100% accurate but there is an app (so think about data and battery life) ... we used the app - and it stopped us going wrong many, many times. Also - many of the walks are labelled "coastal" but don't be fooled into thinking they're flat or easy - the paths are rugged, so bring robust walking shoes. The walks are stunning, and challenging in places ... but always worth it.

Ms Walsh, 30 Aug 2022

 


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2 & 2+

73.0Kg CO2e

7 nights from $2450

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