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Mare a Mare South: Porto Vecchio - Propriano comfort version

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

price from 760 €

The Mare a Mare South is one of the most famous trekking paths in Corsica, taking you from the shores of Porto-Vecchio on the east coast to the gulf of Valinco on the west coast. This trail contains spectacular landscapes, punctuated with a great variety of natural wonders. Discover the villages of the Alta Rocca, hidden amidst Corsica’s fragrant scrubland and forests aged over a hundred years.

Picnic lunches: on the Mare a Mare South trail, you will be able to buy picnic lunches from B&Bs (around 10€/lunch) or from grocery stores. Always take your picnic lunch before starting the day’s walk.

Your day by day program

1
From Porto Vecchio to Cartalavonu

Your route starts in Porto Vecchio after a short transfer to Alzu di Gallina, the beginning of the trail. Walking through the scrubland and pine tree forests, you then reach the forest of Ospédale and the plateau of Cartalavonu (1020 m).

Walk: 16.3km
About 5 hours.
Altitude gain & loss: +110m, -150m.

2
From Cartalavonu to San Gavino-di-Carbini

Beautiful viewpoint over the Gulf of Porto-Vecchio and the lake of Ospédale. Short detour around the summit of Vacca Morta with great panoramic views over the gulf of Valinco and the western slope.
After passing through the Col de Mela, you discover the Needles of Bavella and the charming little village of Carbini, with its famous San Giovanni Roman church. You then walk through Levie and the archeological sites of Cucuruzzu and Capula before reaching San Gavinu di Carbini.

Walk: 18.7km
About 7 hours.
Altitude gain & loss: +900m, -1250m.

3
From San-Gavino-di-Carbini to Quenza

The path takes you through shaded undergrowth and runs along the stream of Pian di Santu. The Mare a Mare variant takes you into the heart of the Alta Rocca villages, from Zonza to Quenza. This is a walk full of charm!

Walk: 10.8km
About 4 hours.
Altitude gain & loss: +470m, -340m.

4
From Quenza to Aullène

You leave the village of Quenza and hike up to the plateau of Cuscione and the hamlet of Ghjallicu. You then descend through the scrubland and pass by the shepherds’ huts of Lavu Donacu before reaching your accommodation.

Walk: 8.5km
About 3 hours.
Altitude gain & loss: +410m, -370m.

5
From Aullène to Santa Lucia di Tallano

The trail goes through a chestnut forest and Serra di Scopamena. The village’s old chestnut mill and terraced fields are evidence of ancient agro-pastoral societies. In the shade of oak trees and thick vegetation, you can swim in the local fresh river while enjoying your surroundings.
Your walk continues with the col de Tavara and the hamlet of Altagène. A bend in the path then takes you through the scrubland to the bell tower and olive groves of Santa Lucia di Tallano.

Walk: 13.5km
About 5h40.
Altitude gain & loss: +750m, -1130m.

6
From Santa Lucia di Tallano to Burgo

After savouring the subtle charms of Santa Lucia and its famous olive oil, you now gently walk to other enchanting sites.
You then take a stride along the bridge of Piombatu, over the Rizzanese River, and then along the Col d’Altanaria. The village of Fozzano comes into sight against the backdrop of the gulf of Valinco. In Fozzano and Sainte Marie di Figaniella, jump back in time with the story of the Tower of Colomba, celebrated in Mérimée’s novel. You then cross the Baracci River before reaching Burgo.

Walk: 15km
About 5h20.
Height difference: +840m, -1100m.

7
Burgo - Propriano

Transfer to Propriano after breakfast. Your trip ends in Propriano.

Departure board

Every day from the beginning of April to the end of October.

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Porto-Vecchio.
End
  • Propriano.
Accommodation
  • Charming and authentic Corsican B&Bs (double bedrooms) with en-suite bathrooms.

    Single accommodation:
    - Nights in single bedrooms are available on this particular trip. Please see the ‘options’ section for more details.

    Extra accommodation:
    If you require additional nights before the start of your trip or after the end of your trip, then our team can book this for you (subject to availability). Please notify us (on your booking form or by email) at the time of your booking. Payment for extra accommodation should be made to us one month before the start of your trip.
Number of people
  • Minimum two.
Level of difficulty
  • Terrain: very well-marked paths. Walking: from 5 to 6 hours per day.
Carrying
  • Our team takes care of luggage transfers. You only need to carry your personal belongings and your picnic during the walk.
Options
  • Set of IGN maps : 42€
Included
  • Accommodation.
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners.
  • Luggage transfers.
  • Information package with maps and route notes.
  • Transfer from Porto Vecchio to Alzu di Gallina.
  • Transfer from Burgo to Propriano.
Not included
  • Transfer to the meeting point.
  • Transfer from the end point.
  • Travelling insurance.
  • Visits of tourist sites.
  • Optional transfers and activities.
  • Picnic lunches(easy to find) and beverages.

Clients feedback

Georg M. 03 September 2013

Dear Alexandra,
the organization was perfect. The hotels were good. The logistics was good. There is only one point of critism. The hotel in Porticcio (Agosta Plage) was very far away from the end point of hike in Porticcio. So it was instead 6 hours walk almost 8 hours. But overall a great praise.
Is it possible to hike Mare e Mare with luggage transport? Until next year.
Best wishes and thanks
Georg

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