At the top of the island, the "customs path" marks the border between land and sea. Genoese towers and turquoise waters mark out this route, which at the time linked the villages together. The scent of the maquis and wild flowers give this landscape a special, colourful note. A journey to stop time, take a break and recharge your batteries in the middle of nature in a wild and preserved area of Corsica.
Your day by day program
Welcome in Bastia and transfer to Macinaggio via the beautiful roads of Cape Corsica.
The trip starts in Macinaggio, at the north-eastern top of the island. It is a pleasant place with
restaurants and a very good ice cream parlour near the harbour.
You will also find a long white sandy beach, nothing like it before starting your stay.
Night in Macinaggio.
A warm-up stage on the "customs path" around the top of the Cape. Small secret coves, turquoise waters in an intoxicating atmosphere of wild flowers. There are countless opportunities for swimming and a stop at the superb Genoese tower of Santa Maria is a must. Your evening stop will be in a tiny little port just opposite the island of Giraglia where rare species of birds such as Audoin's Gull breed. On the small island you can also see a lighthouse and the ruins of a military building wanted by Napoleon I.
About 13 km, 4h30, +220 m, -220 m.
Night in Barcaggio.
Turquoise waters and Genoese towers accompany you to Centuri, one of the most beautiful ports in the region. The itinerary will take you over rocky stretches of the sea with surprising shapes, through the maquis and then into a more limestone area. Your evening stop, Centuri is also known and famous for its lobsters! It is indeed the first lobster fishing port in France. Feel free to try a freshly caught one with a view of the charming little port.
About 11 km, 4h30, + 500 m, - 500 m.
Night in Centuri.
The serious business begins and we recommend an early start. Today's stage will take you along the ridge path of the Serra massif, which rises to 1322m. You will pass by ancient ruins that take you back to ancient Corsica and offer exceptional views. Finally, you will reach the foot of the Tour de Sénèque where your accommodation is located.
Approximately 14,5 km, 6h30, +900 m, -500 m.
Night and meal at the gîte.
The Sénèque Tower offers a unique panorama on both sides of the island, so don't miss a diversion. Picnic in the rucksack, the ridges of the day before give way to a dense maquis that varies with the altitude. The menhir of Pinzu a Vergine marks the end of the climb through the maquis, an arrival on the ridges before plunging towards the abandoned sheepfolds of Petricaghjola. Descend to the coast to stop at the village of Canari, offering a panoramic view from the bell tower square. Enjoy a superb meal in a simple and renowned restaurant on Cap Corse.
About 15 km, 6h30, +750 m, -730 m.
Night in a traditional hotel.
This final stage takes you off the ridge trail via old mule tracks. You will pass the village of Ogliastro before descending under the cover of trees to the village of Nonza, a medieval village perched on its eagle's nest on a vertical cliff a hundred metres high, overlooking the sea and the asbestos beach... Enjoy the magnificent bar at the foot of the only paoline tower in Corsica before your transfer to the seaside resort of Saint-Florent which will mark the end of your hikes.
About 15 km, 6h00, +700m, -900m.
Night in Saint Florent. If you want to finish on a superb accommodation, just let us know!
End of the stay after your breakfast unless you want to hike on the customs path from one of the most beautiful beaches of Corsica, Saleccia.
Transfer to Bastia - See you soon!
Any day from May until October.
- Accommodation in 2*/3* hotels and gîtes - double rooms
- From 2
- Accessible to anyone who can walk between 4 and 6.5 hours on well-marked paths.
- Bags are carried by vehicle. You only have to carry your belongings for the day.
- Single room : 250€
- July / August departure : 80€
- Accommodation in 2*/3* hotels and gîtes
- 1 dinner (Day 4) + 1 picnic (Day 5)
- Luggage transfers
- Transfer from Bastia to Macinaggio on Day 1
- Transfer at the end of the hike to St Florent on Day 6
- Transfer from Saint Florent to Bastia on Day 7
- Route descriptions and maps on our application (a smartphone is required).
- Transfers not included in the program
- Dinners and lunches not included
- Site visits
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