5 day walk - of the Mare e Monti (sea and mountains) Corsica (Corse), France
Getting there: A low cost airlines flight to Marseille, the bus to town centre, half an hour walking to the harbor, and with the night ferry (12 hours) to Ajaccio.
The bus, simultaneously the post-van, can bring you - half an hour after arrival of the ferry - to Marignana (2 hours, 70 km.). Here we started our trail.
Maps: La Carte Touristique locale nr.73, scale 1:100.000. The part of the “Mare e Monti “ we walked is of an exceptional beauty, especially the last day: frequently views at the Reserve Naturelle de Scandola, a masterpiece of nature, recognized by the United Nations as a Natural World Heritage Site.
Accommodation: on the route many Gîtes d’étappe. And a kind of bunkhouse in Girolata, under management of a "dreamer". Most Gîtes are, in theory, open - unfortunately - from April. We think that the services for tourists is getting less in France.
April 2004: a part of the Mare e Monti, a well way-marked trail. In April nature is green and temperatures tolerable. In summer temperatures can be very high (40° or more), too hot to walk.
Height: from sea level - 767 m. The trail is never even/flat, rolling stones.... Sometimes you have to look for the marks (orange strips).
Day 1: Marignana - Ota (via Evisa and the Gorges de Spelunca)....11 km.
Day 2: Ota - Serriera.....11 km.
Day 3: Serriera - Curzu.....8 km.
Day 4: Curzu - Girolata *....13 km.
Day 5: Girolata - Bocca a Croca (via the Variante)
and the bus to Porto and Ajaccio.
* Girolata you only can come in and leave on foot or by boat. By reservation and in good weather a ferry brings you to Porto, where the bus (twice a day) brings you to Ajaccio.
On trail: the Gorges de Spelunca, impressive depths and heights, bare granite walls, plunging into the
foaming green torrent, caused by the convergence of the rivers, the - almost sinister - sunlight reflections, hidden villages, clambering ridges, a walk on the beach; those deep blue Mediterranean views, the broom, the fig-trees, the olives and - as we already said - at the end the masterpiece of nature: Scandola!
This trail is heavy, more than moderate, but it brings a walker almost…..everything.
One of Corsica’s most celebrated trails.
click here for a report about the Mare a Mare Sud, Corse