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

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

price from
~646 £ [710 €]

A wonderful itinerary for those who wish to enjoy the walk without having to carry a bag and being sure to have 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 Piana.
Wonderful sceneries, proud inhabitants, history and culture will constantly surround you during this trip.

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
Scala Santa Regina

After a short transfer from Corte, you will be in the heart of the Scala Santa Régina gorge. The cliffs overlooking the Golo river offer 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.
Night and dinner in 2*hotel.

2
Waterfall and shepherd house of Radule

Beautiful walking day to the Verghio forest. You leave the Mare a Mare North to reach the Radule waterfall and shepherd house. Then using the world famous GR20 path, you walk to your hotel for the night. Numerous bathing possibilities in natural pools.

Approximate walking time: 5h55 (7h00 for slow walkers).
Distance: 18km.
Altitude gain & loss: +900m, -554m.
Night and dinner in a simple hotel.

3
Aitone natural pools

Passing the Col de Verghio you will walk under the shade of endemic Lariccio pine trees towards the chestnut capital of Corsica, Evisa. You will overlook the Aitone stream and its beautiful natural pools.

Approximate walking time: 3h40.
Distance: 11km.
Altitude gain & loss: +400m, -850m.
Night and dinner in 2* hotel with a swimming-pool.

4
From Evisa to Porto through Ota

You will discover the heart of the Spelunca gorge and its famous Genoese bridges. The scenery here cannot fail to blow your mind away with its outstanding natural beauty. Later, the Ota village will welcome you for a rest before walking down to the superb marina of Porto. An excellent day's walk.

Approximate walking time: 5h35.
Distance: 14.8km.
Altitude gain & loss: +650m, -1450m.
Night in a 2* hotel with swimming pool.

5
Scandola reserve and Calanches of Piana

During this rest day in Porto you might choose between various activities. For example, you can enjoy the beach, take a boat around the coast or 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.
Night in a 2* hotel with swimming pool.

6
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 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: 3h50.
Distance: 11km.
Altitude gain & loss: +869m, -689m.
Night in a charming 2* hotel.

7
Piana

End of your trip after breakfast. Contact us if you need to go to Calvi, Ajaccio, Corte or Bastia.

Departure board

You can choose your departure date, 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
  • IGN maps of the hike : 30€
  • Trip without luggage transfer : -130€
  • Single room : 230€
Included
  • All nights in rooms of two,6 breakfasts, 1 picnic, 3 dinners, luggage transfers, detailed route notes and maps, assistance.
Not included
  • Transfers to the meeting point and from the ending point, insurance, site visits, optional transfers and activities.

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