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Walking in Corsica

Long-distance and short walks

by Gillian Price
Book published by Cicerone Press

This guidebook gives details of three long-distance walking routes in Corsica - Mare e Monti, Mare-Mare Nord and Mare-Mare Sud - which cross the island, and also describes 18 day-walks in prime spots both in the rugged mountains of the interior and the softer southern coastal fringe. Good local information.

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The 'scented isle', or Corsica, is a paradise for walkers and leads to a memorable holiday. The stunning, time-tested, Mare e Monti, Mare-Mare Bord and Mare-Mare Sud long-distance walking routes, criss-crossing the magnificent island, are presented in this guide. A total of 26 days are spent on coast-to-coast routes through the rugged mountainous interior and the softer south, along with the exceptional coastal fringe. A supplementary section has a selection of 18 day-walks in prime spots, allowing you to explore the towering forests, gushing cascades, beautiful isolated coves, aromatic maquis and spectacular river gorges. Top scenery and unspoilt nature are unavoidable! A fantastic range of comfortable hostels and well-run hotels ensure the walker is never far from their overnight stop and the enjoyment of some excellent catering.

With its informative colour maps and photographs illustrating the guide, and its valuable content this is the long-distance walkerís ultimate guide to the randonnées of Corsica.

  • Seasons
    Any time of year for the coastal routes, but avoid July and August - too hot and very busy! March to May is best for flowers; May to September best for the mountains.
  • Centres
    Calvi, Cargese, Calenzana, Moriani, Corte, Porto-Vecchio, Propriano, Ajaccio and Bonifacio.
  • Difficulty
    Mainly fairly easy to moderate walking, with two shorter walks of a more challenging nature.
  • Must See
    Views of the Aiguilles de Bavella, ancient bridges and villages, mountain and coastal scenery to take your breath away.

July 2015

p87 the bridge over Riviera St Antoine is no longer there so be prepared to wade over or balance on stepping stones. Further on the way has been rerouted via Chapelle St Marie en route to Quenza.

p118 Walk 8 the ford is now a bridge

p140 the Mare-Mare Sud out of Quenza has been rerouted via Chapelle St Marie and the bridge over Riviera St Antoine is no longer there so be prepared to wade over or balance on stepping stones

(Thanks to Wanda)

Sept 2014 Corsica Health warning - from Centre for disease control and prevention

Updated: August 04, 2014
According to the European Centre for Disease Control 6 people were infected with schistosomiasis on the island of Corsica (France). All of the travellers were exposed to the freshwater in the Cavu River and had not traveled to other areas where schistosomiasis is known to occur.

CDC recommends that travellers to the island of Corsica avoid exposure to freshwater to prevent schistosomiasis.
What can travelers do to protect themselves?

There is no vaccine or medicine to prevent schistosomiasis. If you are in an area where schistosomiasis occurs, you should avoid having your skin exposed to freshwater sources, such as lakes, rivers, ponds, and wetlands. If you get potentially contaminated freshwater on your skin during a trip to areas where schistosomiasis occurs, talk to your doctor about getting tested and treated.

Avoid wading, swimming or bathing in freshwater in countries where schistosomiasis occurs.
Swimming in the ocean or in well-chlorinated pools is safe.
If you have to use freshwater, such as lake or river water, for bathing, treat the water in one of 3 ways to avoid infection:
Filter water with fine mesh filters (pore size of 30 μm or smaller) to remove the parasite.
Heat bathing water to 122?F for 5 minutes to kill the parasite.
Keep water in a storage tank for at least 24 hours before use to kill the parasite.

If you feel sick and think you may have schistosomiasis:

Talk to your doctor or nurse if you feel seriously ill, especially if you have a fever.
Tell them about your travel. Describe in detail where and for how long you travelled, and explain that you may have been exposed to contaminated water. Ask if you need to be tested for schistosomiasis.

Sept 2014

page 43 Mare e Monti. Day 5

Day 5  Girolata to Curzu. The path has been redirected and now follows what is described as the varient in the 2013 reprint of our book. The original route is now abandoned and extremely overgrown, with some paths fallen away and sometimes no water available. Please do not use this original route from Girolata, which is now abandoned.

July 2012

P139 The bridge over the  river San Antoine has been washed away.  When we were there last month  the water was low enough to ford easily.  It looks as though they are preparing to replace it.

Sept 2011

Mare e Monti Day 6 - pp45-46 - the path has been rerouted and no
longer touches on the D81 road. Follow waymarking carefully and you walk
directly into the village of Serriera.

September 2010

The maps for Mare e Monti are sheets 4149OT, 4150OT and 4151OT

July 2007

p69 and pp123-6
The bridge over the River Tavignano is no longer a hanging structure, but has been rebuilt with steel and wooden beams.


When to Go
Getting to Corsica
Local Transport
What to Take
Food and Drink
Plant Life
Further Reading
Long-Distance Walks
Mare e Monti: Calenzana to Cargèse
Mare-Mare Nord: Cargèse to Moriani
Mare-Mare Sud: Porto-Vecchio to Propriano
Short Walks
1 St-Florent Coastal Route
2 The Fango Valley
3 Visiting Girolata
4 Spelunca Gorge
5 A Calanche Walk
6 Capu Rossu
7 The Aïtone Forest and Rock Pools
8 The Paglia Orba Loop
9 The Tavignano Bridge
10 Glacial Lakes in the Restonica Valley
11 La Cascade des Anglais
12 Trou de la Bombe
13 Foce Finosa
14 Zonza–Quenza Circuit
15 Cucuruzzu and Capula Archaeological Sites
16 Punta di a Vacca Morta
17 Piscia di Gallo Waterfall
18 The White Cliffs of Bonifacio
Long-Distance Route Summaries
Glossary of French and Corsican Terms

Further Reading

Top of the list is Asterix in Corsica by R. Goscinny and A. Uderzo (1973, out of print), which captures the island’s nature in a delightfully irreverent manner. A close second is Granite Island: A Portrait of Corsica (Penguin 1971), a serious read verging on gripping, this is Dorothy Carrington’s passionate and detailed account of late 1940s Corsica set against a web of spirits. Those with access to an antique book store should search out Edward Lear’s Journal of a Landscape Painter in Corsica (1870) and either of James Boswell’s travel journals dating back to the late 1700s. Latter-day traveller Paul Theroux also passed through, as recounted in his very readable The Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean (Penguin 1995).

French readers should look out for the mesmerising short stories by Guy de Maupassant including Un bandit corse (1882), Histoire corse (1881) and La Patrie de Colomba (1880). There’s also fascinating reading in Contes et Légendes de l’île de Corse by Gabriel Xavier Culioli (Éditions DCL 1998) and Claire Tiévant and Lucie Desideri’s Almanach de la mémoire et des coutumes: Corse (Albin Michel 1986).

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