Walking in Corsica

Corsica is a lush Mediterranean island with a craggy, mountainous spine, spectacular coastline, ancient cities and a smattering of pretty mountain villages, and there’s no better way to explore it than by donning a pair of walking boots and bringing an appetite for adventure. While many walking trips focus on the legendary, long distance Grande Randonnée 20 (GR20), that traverses Corsica diagonally from north to south, there are a plethora of trails on offer, from the gentle to the punishing, allowing you to take in the island’s cliff top paths, verdant meadows and ancient sites with a side order of fresh air and thigh pumping action.
How tough are the trips?

How tough are the trips?

If you’re considering the GR20, you should be fit, have a head for heights, navigation skills and a good deal of mountain walking experience under your belt. Other walking trips come at a gentler pace, but you’ll still need to be in good shape, with between five and seven hours’ walking a day, plenty of steeps ascents and not many level paths (on one of our trips you’ll walk a section of the GR20, even if that’s not the focus of the whole holiday). Some walking tours will transfer you daily to a new walking destination, for example via the local mountain railway, and some also have rest time built in, when you can choose to simply relax or to soak up more Corsican culture, by exploring the mountain town of Corte or coastal Ajaccio, for example.
What should I pack?

What should I pack?

The most important consideration is looking after your feet. Hiking boots with good ankle support are essential as there will be steep ups and downs and uneven terrain, and poles could be a bonus to help tackle the island’s steep or rocky routes, and protect your knees. As with all mountainous regions, the weather is extremely changeable so dress in layers and include swimming gear, sunscreen, a warm fleece and good quality waterproofs to deal with sudden downpours.
When to go?

When to go?

Walking holidays in Corsica run from late May to late September, but the best time to visit is either June or September, when there’s plenty of sun and blue skies, but you won’t wither under the sweltering temperatures of peak summer. It’s worth noting that the weather in Corsica is unpredictable, even in high season, so be prepared to meet a rainstorm at any time, or for your itinerary to be amended if the weather gods are unkind.

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Small group or tailor made?

Small group or tailor made?

If you don’t fancy going it alone and enjoy sticking to a schedule, joining a group of around eight to ten likeminded hikers can take the pressure off. You get the advantages of knowledgeable guides who’ll ensure things run efficiently and provide a shortcut to cultural and natural highlights, plus there’s the camaraderie of sharing not only the stunning views, but also the aches and pains with your fellow walkers.
Alternatively, a tailor made tour allows you to adjust your own itinerary and go at a pace which suits you. Your accommodation and luggage transfers are taken care of, but you’ll make your way from place to place on your own – with maps, itineraries, tips and any emergency support provided.
Where will I stay?

Where will I stay?

Corsica walking tours are either centre based or point to point. On centre based holidays you’ll stay at the same comfortable, family run hotel every night, and be transferred to different walking locations each morning. On point to point trips, including the GR20 of course, you’ll move on to a different location each day, with accommodation in simple shepherd’s huts, mountain refuges or campsites, where there’ll be plenty of other walkers to swap stories with.
Where will I go?

Where will I go?

The beauty of a walking holiday in Corsica is that you get to immerse yourself in the landscape in a way that isn’t possible on a regular tour. While itineraries differ, you’ll walk across wild, open meadows, through pine, chestnut and beech forest, over mountain passes, and alongside streams, lakes and rivers, with plenty of time for wild swimming and dipping your toes into rock pools. Along the way you’ll be treated to dramatic views across mountains and coastline, and get the chance learn more about the island’s turbulent and fascinating past at medieval ruins, hilltop towns and Neolithic sites.
Written by Nana Luckham
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