HIKING TRAILS CORSICA, France, Mare e Monti

A part - 5 days - of the Mare e Monti (sea and mountains)

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). 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 often Gites d’étappe. And a kind of bunkhouse in Girolata. Most Gites are open - unfortunately - from April.

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 - 1240 m. The trail is never even. Sometimes you have to look for the marks (orange strips).

Day 1:  Marignana - Ota (via Evisa and the Gorges de Spelunca)
Day 2:  Ota - Serriera
Day 3:  Serriera - Curzu
Day 4:  Curzu - Girolata *
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.

scandola       evisa         boca acroca

Scandola                                                                   Evisa                                                                           Boca aCroca

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.

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