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Alta Rocca villages & the Gulf of Valinco

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

price from
~601 £ [660 €]

Corsica offers an impressive diversity of scenery, culture and history. We invite you to discover this secret island through a holiday designed to take you right to Corsica's heart.
Starting in the Alta Rocca, known for its villages lost in the middle of the mountains, your hiking trip will take you to the Mediterranean Sea using well marked trails. You will walk under endemic forest, swim in beautiful rivers and brooks, see prehistoric sites, visit very old churches, and cross the Corsican scrubb.
This program emphasizes on Corsican gastronomy and the discovery of the local culture and traditions.
We propose for you a circuit using nice accommodation in double or twin rooms.

Picnic lunches: You will be able to buy these from the gîtes (around 10€) or in the village shops. Always buy your picnic in the morning before starting your walk.

Your day by day program

1
Zonza

Your holiday begins in Zonza, which is a charming village in the heart of the Alta Rocca. You will be able to admire the whole valley from the centre of the village.
Dinner and night in Zonza.

It is possible to reach Zonza from the main ports and airports around Corsica including Figari, Bastia, Porto-Vecchio and Ajaccio. Do contact us with your time and place of arrival and we can organise your transfer for you.

2
From Zonza to Aullène

From Zonza, the path will lead you in a northwesterly direction before turning west to take you across the Saint Antoine river. You will shortly arrive at the village of Quenza, after having crossed the Criviscia river. The chapel of the village is more than 1000 years old and is classified as a historic building. From Quenza, and after a refreshing dip in the river Codi, you will enter the forest. This will be your first experience of the Corsican scrub! The path takes you directly to the sheepfolds of Lavu Donacu before leading you to Aullène, your stop for the night.
Dinner and night at Aullène.
Approximately 4H15 of walking. +636m, -581m.

3
From Aullène to Santa Lucia di Tallano

Under the chestnut trees, you leave the village before shortly arriving in Sierra di Scopamena. You will notice on the way the old mill restored by the Natural Reserve of Corsica. After several brooks, passages in forests and in the middle of strawberry trees, you will finally descend
towards Santa Lucia di Tallano, a pretty mountain village with houses built from the local granite. Santa Lucia di Tallano is famous for its convent, its tower dating from the XVth century, the extremely rare rock which is the "corsite" (diorite), as well as its olive oil museum.
Night and dinner at Santa Lucia di Tallano.
Approximately 5h55 of walking. +735m, -1143m.

4
From Santa Lucia di Tallano to Burgo

After the Romanesque chapel from the XIIth century named Saint Jean Baptist, you will descend through forests of oaks to the bridge of Piombatu which spans the river Rizzanese. You will soon cross the Loreto di Tallano and the ruins of Altanaria. After enjoying the panoramic views around Bavella and the villages of the Alta Rocca, you will cross two ravines before arriving in Fozzano. You will see its famous tower dating from the XVth century before visiting the famous tomb of Colomba, the heroin of the novel of Mérimée written in 1840. Do not miss the sunset on the sea from the terrace of your lodging, it is unforgettable!
Dinner and night at Burgo.
Approximately 6H10 of walking, +876m,-1135m.

5
From Burgo to Olmeto

Your path leaves from the middle of the forest to the hamlet of Maratu. You soon arrive in the middle of the Corsican scrub and climb in the direction of the woods to the Pass of Vint' Unu. Enjoy the forests of oak trees, a rare sight now in Europe, before arriving at the village of Olmeto which offers a fantastic view of the area.
Dinner and night at Olmeto.
Approximately 5H15 of walking, + 780m,-607m.

6
From Olmeto to Porto Pollo

Today you set out again towards the sea. Along the route there are some splendid view points over looking the Gulf of Valinco. You will cross more oaks forests, walk between pretty low stone walls, pass under olive-trees and finally, after the bridge which spans Taravu, you will approach your stop for the night, Porto Pollo. The great beach of Porto Pollo is all yours to enjoy. This pretty seaside resort offers many activities related to the sea and nature (horseback riding, boating, water skiing, jet-ski, quad...). If you wish to benefit longer from your stay here, do not hesitate to let us know!
Night at the seaside in Porto Pollo.
Approximately 5h05 of walking, + 336m,-671m.

7
Porto Pollo

End of the stay after your breakfast. A bus transfer is possible early in the morning in order to bring you back to Ajaccio.

Departure board

From End of April to beginning of October. There are buses from Ajaccio to Zonza and from Porto Pollo to Ajaccio from Monday to Saturday, except bank holidays.

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Zonza.
End
  • Porto-Pollo.
Accommodation
  • In double rooms in guest-houses (2 nights), hotels (3 nights) and gite d'etapes (1 night).
Number of people
  • Minimum two.
Level of difficulty
  • This classical Corsican trail uses very well marked paths. From 4 to 6 hours of walking per day.
Carrying
  • Your main bag will be transferred by vehicle, you just have to carry your personal belongings and your picnic.
Options
  • Supplement for July / August : 50€
  • IGN maps : 40€
  • Trip without luggage transfer : -70€
Included
  • All nights in double rooms, 5 dinners, 6 breakfasts, luggage transfers, detailed route notes and maps.
Not included
  • Transfers to the meeting point and from the end point, insurances, site visits, optional transfers and activities, picnics (easy to find), dinner on day 6.

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