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Mare a Mare South: Porto Vecchio - Propriano sportive version

7 days / 6 nights
Corsica - Independent walking
Without guide - No Luggage transfer

price from
~401 £ [440 €]

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 lucnhes: on the Mare a Mare South trail, you will be able to buy picnic lunches from gîtes (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 some pine tree forests, you then reach the forest of Ospédale and the plateau of Cartalavonu (1020 m).

Walk: about 5 hours.
Altitude gain & loss: +1110m, -150m.

2
From Cartalavonu to Levie

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 pink granite pinnacles of Bavella (or Needles of Bavella) and the charming little village of Carbini, with its famous San Giovanni Roman church.

Night in Levie.

Walk: about 5 hours.
Altitude gain & loss: +620m, -1010m.

3
From Levie to Ghjallicu

Travel back in time with this unusual itinerary!
You explore the village of Levie in search of Corsica’s prehistoric past and walk to the archeological sites of Capula and Cucuruzzu. On the way, you discover granite blocks which used to serve as rock shelters for prehistoric men. From Quenza, you hike up to the Plateau du Cuscione and the hamlet of Ghjallicu.

Walk: about 5h30.
Altitude gain & loss: +640m, -580m.

4
From Ghjallicu to Serra di Scopamena

You leave the hamlet of Ghjallicu and descend through the Corsican scrub towards the shepherds' huts at Lavu Donacu. You can also see an old chestnut mill along the path before your arrival in Serra di Scopamena.

Walk: around 3 hours.
Altitude gain & loss: +450m,-410m.

5
From Serra di Scopamena 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: about 5h40.
Altitude gain & loss: +740m, -1140m.

6
From Santa Lucia di Tallano to Burgo

After savouring the subtle charms of Sainte Lucie 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 walk 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: about 5h20.
Altitude gain & loss: +880m, -1130m.

7
Burgo and 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
  • Gîtes d'étapes.
    Please be aware that facilities will be on a shared basis. Do not forget your sleeping bag. Hot showers should be available at each accommodation.

    Accommodation options:
    - Nights in double bedrooms are available on this particular trip. Please ask a member of our team for more details (by email or by phone).
    - Nights in single bedrooms are available on this particular trip.

    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
  • No transfers on this version of the trip.
Options
  • Set of IGN maps : 42€
Included
  • Accommodation.
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners.
  • Information package with printed maps and route notes.
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.

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