Essential Corsica

Corsica Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 3
from £1,529pp without flights FLIGHTS AVAILABLE

The island of Corsica is the fourth largest in the Mediterranean. Geographically closer to Italy, it has been part of France since being sold to it in 1768 but still retains signs of its Italian past in its architecture, cuisine and culture. The interior of the island is mountainous while the coast is home to sun-kissed turquoise bays and stylish coastal towns. Our holiday here focuses on exploring the northern end of the island with guided walks to make the most of unspoilt views and the charms of cobbled hilltop villages which have changed little in several generations. The island's flavoursome gastronomy (charcuterie and cheese are among the most well-known dishes) is sure to add to your experience.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk the Revellata Peninsula with views of Calvi Bay and Corsica's towering mountains
  • Discover the heart of the Balagne, with its beautiful French villages
  • Follow the world-famous GR20 track

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks led by an experienced Local Guide
  • Transport to and from the walks
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • Half Board en-suite accommodation - 7 breakfasts and 7 evening meals

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

On arrival, meet your local leader and transfer from Bastia airport to our hotel, located in the city. Bastia is the capital of the Haute Corse area, and formerly the capital of Corsica until 1791.

The rest of the day is then at leisure, giving you a chance to relax before our welcome dinner this evening.

Cap Corse is a wild and rugged spiny peninsula: at about 24 miles long and 6 miles wide, it stands out from the rest of Corsica and is studded with Genoese towers and quaint fishing villages. We’ll discover the beauty of the north east coast on today’s walk.

Starting from the village of Macinaggio, walk along the coast through fragrant maquis on the old excisemen’s path (the Sentier des douaniers), where customs officers would stand watch in search of smugglers. We’ll be treated to views of white-sand beaches and azure-blue seas, as well as examples of the Genoese towers, built to defend the island from Berber raiders. Distance: 7 miles (11½km) with 390 feet (120m) of ascent.

Today we transfer to Ile Rousse. Enroute, we’ll discover the flora of Corsica in Saleccia Park. The park has been developed for many years and in 2017 was awarded the title of ‘Remarkable Garden’. Ile Rousse is a harbour town, built after Pascal Paoli decided to cut maritime trade between Genoa and Calvi. The bay is magnificent, and there’ll be an opportunity to learn more about the town’s rich history with your local guide.

After a short transfer to Calvi, our walk to discover the Revellata Peninsula begins. Starting from Notre Dame de la Serra, we’ll enjoy spectacular views over Calvi town and bay as well as to the mountains of Corsica. We return to Calvi, where there’s time to explore this delightful seaside town further. Calvi is the ‘capital’ of the Balagne region, and it was the Romans who established a settlement here.

Relax and enjoy the picturesque views, visit the medieval Citadel or spot yachts in the harbour owned by rich visitors from Nice or Cannes. Distance: 8 miles (13km) with 590 feet (180m) of ascent.

Enjoy a day at leisure or the chance to independently explore the area further. Your local guide can help with suggestions on the day, but you may like to consider:

Explore Ile Rousse: you could hire a bike to discover more of this town, or visit the beach

Calvi: take the train – the Tramway de la Balagne – and return to Calvi to explore the town further; or stop at one of the many stations between Ile Rousse and Calvi. There are many miles of beach to be enjoyed.

We visit the heart of the Balagne area today. Dramatic landscapes are dotted with hilltop villages and are in stark contrast to the coastal areas we’ve explored earlier in the holiday. We transfer inland to Sant’Antonino, a village with cobbled streets perched on high (1,600 feet) and nominated as one of the most beautiful French villages.

From here, we walk back to Ile Rousse through delightful villages and with views out to the Mediterranean as well as to Lake Codole and the high mountains of Corsica, including the high peaks of Monte San Parteo and Monte Padro. Distance: 5 miles (8km) with minimal ascent and 1,800 feet (550m) of descent.

We head inland once more to the foot of the high mountains of Corsica. Today’s walk follows the GR-20 – the long-distance trail that stretches diagonally from northwest to southeast along Corsica’s continental divide – and we’ll walk to Calenzana, the starting point for both the GR-20 and Mare e Monti long-distance trail. Starting from Bonifatu, we pass through forests of maritime and laricio pines and holm oaks and past granite outcrops. Distance: 6 miles (10km) with 1,050 feet (320m) of ascent.

After breakfast we depart the hotel and transfer to the airport for our flight home.

Corsica Itinerary Map

Best Western Bastia Centre, Corsica

Our first two nights are spent in Bastia at the 3-star Best Western Bastia Centre Hotel. Located within easy walking distance from the harbour, town centre as well as a variety of shops and bars, you’re ideally situated to explore Bastia. The 71 spacious ensuite bedrooms feature air-conditioning, cable TV and Wi-Fi.

Santa Maria Hotel, Corsica

We spend five nights in the charming seaside resort of Ile Rousse at the 4-star Hotel Santa Maria. Set on a peninsula, offering sea views on both sides, the hotel is set on the quieter side of town. There is direct access to a small, private beach; the hotel also features a swimming pool and a whirlpool which enjoys stunning views over the sea. All rooms feature air-conditioning, satellite TV and Wi-Fi.

Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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02 Oct - 09 Oct 2022
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30 Oct - 06 Nov 2022
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Important Information

  • Single room: From £336 (complete holiday)
  • With flight holidays: Flights from London Stansted to Bastia included
7 nights
European Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:

7 nights from £1,529pp
without flights

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