HIKING TRAILS CORSICA, France, Mare a Mare Sud

From coast to coast, from east to west, at Corsica.

Getting there: A low cost airlines flight to Marseille, the bus to town center, half an hour walking to the harbor, and with the night ferry (12 hours) to Ajaccio. 45 minutes after arrival of the ferry - so, next day - there is a bus going to the other site of the island, to Porto Vecchio and it’s here the way-marked route “ Mare a Mare Sud “ begins. From coast to coast, from sea to sea. You also can fly directly to the island (Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi).
The route is of an unique beauty and well marked (orange stripes).
Maps: La Carte Touristique Locale nr.74 , scale 1:100.000. There must be better maps...
Accommodation: Some Gites d’étappe are closed until April, but with a little improvisation you find a place to sleep and eat. The local supermarket or the postman can you inform also.
In early spring we walked in very nice temperatures; while walking on the beach , lying under palm trees, you can see the snow in the mountains.

March 2003: from coast to coast, from east to west, on Corsica..
Height: from sea level - 1068m.

Distance between the stage cities: about 20 km.

Day 1: Porto Vecchio - Cartalavone
Day 2: Cartalavone - Levie
Day 3: Levie - Jellicu (or: Jalicu)
Day 4: Jellicu - Ste Lucie de Tallano
Day 5: Ste Lucie de Tallano - Burgo
            And the bus to Ajaccio.

ste lucie de tallano    corsica     maquis

Ste Lucie de Tallano                                                                                                                            Maquis

On trail: pigs, pigs and more pigs….rivers with melting water, hidden villages, the famous maquis, the views at the snow on tops of the mountains, flowers everywhere, archaeological remains of former residents, there is so much to see…….In Jellicu resides Pierot, horse-breeder and swineherd, high in the mountains, owner of a Gite d’étappe, a remarkable and fascinating man.
Corsica is also called Ile de Beauté. After walking there you know why.