Summary of the stay
There are three Mare a Mare itineraries: north, centre and south. The Mare a Mare Sud runs from Porto-Vecchio to Propriano via Levie and Quenza. It is certainly the most adapted to beginners and therefore the most popular. It takes five to six days to complete and can be done all year round without any particular difficulty. It is an ideal adventure for sporty families looking for authentic experiences and immersion in nature. Overnight stays in inns, local cuisine, breathtaking starry skies, herds, swimming, breathtaking views when you reach the top: every day, these pleasures reward the efforts of the walk. Don't forget to bring along the indispensable FFRP topoguide " Corsica, between sea and mountain".
Map, Itinerary of the stay and pictures
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Detail of the stay : A week of hiking on the Mare a mare Sud - 7 days
When you arrive in Porto-Vecchio, you take the time to arrive, rest and gather the food and equipment necessary for the hike. If you have time, you can take a swim on the beach of Cala-Rossa, Santa-Giulia or Golfo di Sogno. For the first night, the town has many campsites, hostels and hotels: you will be spoilt for choice.
The first stage of 15 km, with 1,130 m of positive difference in altitude and 100 m of negative difference in altitude, consists in going from Porto-Vecchio to Cartalavonu. It takes 5 hours of walking - rewarded by a panoramic view of Porto-Vecchio at the Ospedale - to reach the charming refuge located in the heart of the forest. Warm atmosphere and typical dishes will congratulate this first walk.
The next step is to reach Levie, located 12 km away. Here again, 5 hours of walking for 670 m of positive difference in altitude and 1,120 m of negative difference in altitude: be careful with your knees! You can stop en route at the pretty village of Carbini and make a detour to the Punta di a Vacca Morta to enjoy a superb panorama of the gulf, the villages of the Alta Rocca and the Aiguilles de Bavella.
It is then 6h30 of walk to reach Serra-di-Scopamena, it is the most difficult portion. 18 km on the program, with 900 m of positive difference in altitude and 630 m of negative difference in height, on a trail lined with historical sites(Cucuruzzu, St. Lawrence Chapel), dense vegetation and impressive granite boulders.
The next stage is Sainte-Lucie-de-Tallano, 10 km away. The 570 m of positive difference in altitude and 800 m of negative difference in altitude can be covered in 4 hours of walking. There are various swimming opportunities in this deep valley. On arrival, don't miss the convent of Saint-François, the parish church and the oil mill. There is a campsite, a gîte and a grocery store.
From Sainte-Lucie-de-Tallano to Propriano, it is necessary to count 12 km, 710 m of positive difference in altitude and 720 m of negative difference in altitude for 6 hours of walking. On the programme: a magnificent Romanesque church and the crossing of the Rizzanese, to finish with a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Valinco. Once in Fozzano or Burgo, you can opt for a Propriano taxi transfer to avoid walking on the roadside.
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