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Mare a Mare North: Scala di A Santa Regina - Piana

8 days / 7 nights
Corsica - Independent walking
Without guide - Comfort - Luggage transfer - Mobile app

Last updated: 28/11/2023

price from 1020 € per pers.

A wonderful itinerary for those who wish to enjoy hiking with luggage transfers and having a hotel or guesthouse room available at the end of the day.
From the Scala Santa Regina, you will cross Calacuccia, Evisa, Ota, Porto to finally reach the Calanches at Piana.
Wonderful scenery, proud inhabitants, history and culture will constantly surround you during this trip.

Trip available with our digital road-book.

Picnic lunches: You will be able to purchase these at the gîtes (around 10€) or in the village grocery store. Always purchase your packed lunch before walking.

Your day by day program

1
Arrival in Corsica

Arrival into Corsica, and make your own way to Corte and your hotel for tonight. Corte is reachable on a delightful train journey from Bastia, Calvi or Ajaccio (payable locally).

2
Scala Santa Regina

Today starts with a short transfer from Corte, you will be driven to the heart of the Scala Santa Régina gorge. The walk climbs into the gorge and follows the cliffs high above the Golo river offering splendid views. You will take an old mule path to your next stop by the Calacuccia lake.

Approximate walking time: 5h00.
Distance : 12km.
Altitude gain & loss: +850m, -500m.

3
Waterfall and shepherd house of Radule

Beautiful walking day to the Verghio forest. today offers a variety of landscapes, you reach the Radule waterfall and shepherds hut before taking the world famous GR20 path, before arriving at your hotel for the night. Numerous bathing possibilities in natural rock pools.

Approximate walking time: 6h00.
Distance: 18km.
Altitude gain & loss: +900m, -554m.

4
Aitone natural pools

Passing the Col de Verghio you will walk under the shade of endemic Lariccio pine trees towards the chestnut woods of Corsica, Evisa. The path drops and climbs through the Aitone forest crossing the Aitone stream and its beautiful natural pools.

Approximate walking time: 3h40.
Distance: 11km.
Altitude gain & loss: +400m, -850m.

5
From Evisa to Porto through Ota

From Evisa the path drops down into the heart of the Spelunca gorge. The scenery here cannot fail to blow your mind away - it truly is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Later, the village of Ota will welcome you for a rest before walking down to the small harbour of Porto. An excellent day's walk.

Approximate walking time: 5h30.
Distance: 14.8km.
Altitude gain & loss: +650m, -1450m.

6
Scandola reserve and Calanches of Piana

During this rest day in Porto you can choose between various activities, take time to enjoy the beach, or take a boat around the coast to visit Girolata and Scandola or maybe take to the saddle and hire a bike.
All means are good to explore the sumptuous Calanches of Piana (bright red rocks that plunge dramatically into the sea)and the Scandola natural reserve (we've often seen dolphins there). This is one of our favourite places to stay on the whole island.

7
From Porto to Piana

During this last walking day, you will walk along the sea before climbing up inland toward the Capu d'Ortu summit. Enjoy the shade of the Palani forest with fantastic views over the Calanches of Piana. You will then carry on walking to the centre of the delightful sleepy village of Piana.

Approximate walking time: 4h00.
Distance: 11km.
Altitude gain & loss: +869m, -689m.

8
Piana

End of your trip after breakfast. Contact us if for your onward journey to Calvi, Ajaccio, Corte or Bastia.

Departure board

You can choose your departure date, departures any day from the beginning of May through to the end of September.

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Corte.
End
  • Piana.
Accommodation
  • In rooms of two with ensuite facilities. We are using comfortable accommodation wherever it is possible on the tour.
Number of people
  • Minimum two.
Level of difficulty
  • This Classical Corsican trail uses very well marked paths. From 4 to 6 walking hours per day.
Carrying
  • Your main bag will be transferred by vehicle every day, you just have to carry your personal belongings and your picnic for the day.
Options
  • Single room supplement : 475€
  • July / August / September departure : 70€
Included
  • All nights in rooms of two
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 picnic
  • 2 dinners
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed route notes and maps on our app (a smartphone is required)
  • Local hotline everyday from 08.00am until 08.00pm
Not included
  • Transfers to the meeting point and from the ending point, insurance, site visits, optional transfers and activities.

Map

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