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.
Your day by day program
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).
About 5 hours.
Altitude gain & loss: +110m, -150m.
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.
About 7 hours.
Altitude gain & loss: +900m, -1250m.
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!
About 4 hours.
Altitude gain & loss: +470m, -340m.
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.
About 3 hours.
Altitude gain & loss: +410m, -370m.
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.
Altitude gain & loss: +750m, -1130m.
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.
Height difference: +840m, -1100m.
Transfer to Propriano after breakfast. Your trip ends in Propriano.
Every day from the beginning of April to the end of October.
- Charming and authentic Corsican B&Bs (double bedrooms) with en-suite bathrooms.
- Nights in single bedrooms are available on this particular trip. Please see the ‘options’ section for more details.
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.
- Minimum two.
- Terrain: very well-marked paths. Walking: from 5 to 6 hours per day.
- Our team takes care of luggage transfers. You only need to carry your personal belongings and your picnic during the walk.
- Set of IGN maps : 42€
- 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.
- 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.
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