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Mare e Monti South

7 days / 6 nights
Corsica - Independent walking
Without guide - Comfort - Luggage transfer

Last updated: 28/11/2023

price from 940 € per pers.

This fantastic itinerary will take you from Porticcio to the Gulf of Propriano and offer stunning views over the coastline and Corsica’s majestic mountains. The best time to travel being spring and autumn.

In July and August it can be very hot on this route, if possible avoid these months.

Your day by day program

1
Ajaccio

Arrival in Ajaccio and night in city centre.

2
Ajaccio & Les Iles Sanguinaires

Today you have the choice of two different walks: Option one takes you on a cliff path up above Ajaccio, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. It's a great way to discover the huge variety of plants that cover the island of Corsica. Option two takes you to the Genoese tower of Parata that dominates the coastal landscape around "Les Iles Sanguinaires".
Night in a 3 star hotel in Ajaccio.
Contact us if you would like us to book a night in Ajaccio before the start of the tour. We can also arrange your car hire.
Option 1: 2-4 hours of walking (depending upon loop chosen), distance 5km-10km, Height gain, loss: Maximum +420m,-420m.
Option 2: 3.5 hours of walking, distance 12km. Height gain, loss: +113m -108m.

3
From Bisinao to Coti Chiavari

You will continue to walk southwards along crests and then stop near large boulders. There, you will get stunning views over the coastline. Next, you will walk along the forest of Coti Chiavari and reach an old prison, hidden amidst eucalyptus trees.

Dinner and night in Coti Chiavari.

Walking: 5h30.
Height gain: +311m.
Height loss: -451m.

4
From Coti Chiavari to Porto Pollo

Right from the beginning of today's walk, you will see Capu di Muru, its Genoese towers and crystal-clear turquoise waters. After climbing uphill for a little while, you will be able to enjoy great panoramic views over the Gulf of Valinco. You will then walk to a beach, where you will be able to enjoy swimming in calm and clear waters before reaching the seaside village of Porto Pollo, which offers a great variety of optional activities.

Dinner at your own expense. Night in Porto Pollo.

Walking: 4h45.
Height gain: +177m.
Height loss: -525m.

5
From Porto Pollo to Olmeto

After walking alongside the Taravo River, the trail winds up the mountainside, shaded with olive and oak trees. Next, you will hike to the shepherds’ huts of Bocca di a Copia before reaching the village of Olmeto.

Dinner and night in Olmeto.

Walking: 5 hours.
Height gain: +620m.
Height loss: -395m.

6
From Olmeto to Burgo

While making your way through olive groves, you will come to a stream, which you will need to cross in order to continue hiking through maquis shrubland and walk along a path shaded by leafy oak trees. You will soon reach the hamlet of Maratu and Burgo, the last stage of the Mare e Monti South.

Transfer after the walk to Propriano.

7
Propriano

Your trip ends here after breakfast.

Departure board

Every day from April to the end of October.

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Ajaccio.
End
  • Propriano.
Accommodation
  • Nights in bedrooms of 2.
Number of people
  • From 2.
Level of difficulty
  • You will need to be in good physical condition. Walking: 4-5 hours a day on well-marked paths.
Carrying
  • Luggage transfers by vehicle. You only need to take your day bag with you (for cameras, picnics, water etc.).
Options
  • Trip in high season (July & August) : 110€
Included
  • Accommodation in double rooms
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer on the 1st day from Ajaccio to the beginning of the hike
  • Travel documents (digital roadbook on mobile application)
  • Telephone assistance during the stay
Not included
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Insurance
  • Visits to sites
  • Anything not noted in "price includes

Map

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