Explore the island of Corsica with a Cicerone guide

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Reprinted
Published
13 Dec 2013
ISBN
9781852843878
Edition
First
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
Weight
200g
Pages
160
No. Maps
25
No. Photos
58
1st Published
1 Nov 2003
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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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Description

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.

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

p33
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.

Contents

Contents
Introduction
When to Go
Getting to Corsica
Local Transport
Walking
What to Take
Maps
Accommodation
Food and Drink
Contacts
Plant Life
Wildlife
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
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