Hiking Ajaccio Corsica Aventure

Summits by the Sea

Above Ajaccio « If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it… » The Cinaruggia is a great little summit walk, or a good cross country run. It’s right on our doorstep, I like pairing it up with a swim afterwards in one of the nearby creeks.

Ajaccio

A Short break in Ajaccio

A short break in Ajaccio out of season Corsica Adventure’s first guide, Mark Smith, hopped on and off flights from Peru, making his way gradually closer to me in Corsica. I was due to pick him up in 24 hours at Ajaccio airport and was looking forward to spending time with  him.

Group in Corsica with Corsica Aventure

Super Guides

What makes a great guide A guide can make or break your trip.  Most of the time they are “exceptional” and will “surpass expectations.” Apart from their mountain competence, they are a pleasure to be with. They are friendly and caring people who enjoy the social aspect of the job.

Arche de Corte

The Corte Arch

The Corte Arch or « l’arcu di u Sandulaghju » The first Sunday in September at 9h00, will see the depart of the Corte arch race.  It leaves from the town and heads up into the mountains above, to the famous rock formation, known as ‘the arch.’

GT20 BIKE

GT20 Biking

This summer has seen the launch of an official long distance cycle route in Corsica, called the GT20. The island already boasts a long distance hiking trail that has worldwide notoriety, so it seemed only fitting that there should be a long distance cycle route to compliment it.

Vaccaghja's sheepfold GR20

Vaccaghja’s Sheepfold

Noel Donati was in his mid thirties, running a bar in Marseille, when the opportunity came up, to take a change of direction. He had wanted to return to his Corsican homeland for some time.  When a cousin told him aboutopening a cabin called Vachaghja, he seized the opportunity.

Moutains

Insight the GR20 South

The GR20 does not boast an elaborate cuisine but you won’t go hungry! This is the hearty meal that is served at Usciolu refuge. A mix of spiral pasta, carrots and meat. If you want to eat gluten free, I would advise bringing a few of your own products to supplement the meals.  Terrain You… Read more »

Randonnée Punta del Ceppo

Punta del Ceppo

The itinerary is short, dramatic and alpine.  It leads swiftly up to a summit with a memorable panorama, offering a view of the island’s outline in the sea. A bucolic shepherd’s cabin, a taste of the GR20, sun baked rocks, swimming in a giant rock pool at the Cascade des Anglais.

Bains de guitera

Guitera les Bains

After a challenging walk, what could be better than a hot outdoor bath in a lovely wild setting. The water has a miraculous effect on a tired achy body and brings considerable health benefits. There are about 40 natural hot springs on the island, all of them with a different water.

Hôtel Dominique Colonna

Hotel Dominique Colonna

Not just a hotel, an experience Situated at the entrance of the Restonica Valley (classed as a Grand site de France) the  ‘Dominique Colonna’ hotel nestles  on the banks of a beautiful pounding river.  It is surrounded by a landscape of astonishingly wild beauty.

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  • Hôtel Dominique Colonna

    Hotel Dominique Colonna

    Not just a hotel, an experience Situated at the entrance of the Restonica Valley (classed as a Grand site de France) the  ‘Dominique Colonna’ hotel nestles  on the banks of a beautiful pounding river.  It is surrounded by a landscape of astonishingly wild beauty.

  • GR20

    Tips to succeed your GR20

    The difficulty of the GR20 is well known. As well as being prepared physically, you need to choose your equipment really carefully. If you want to get the best out of the experience, make sure you pack the right gear. Travel light, don’t weigh yourself down with a huge backpack. .

  • Iles Sanguinaires Ajaccio

    Trail Napoleon at Ajaccio

    Sunday 5th May – The Trail Napoleon at Ajaccio Early Sunday morning in Ajaccio saw the depart of the 19th edition of the Trail Napoleon, a fantastic mountain race that always generates a lot of interest. It set out from the town, famously the birthplace of Napoleon.

  • Corsica

    First walkers

    Our season opened on the 7th April and our first clients this year had chosen the ‘Mare a Mare North’ itinerary. The uniqueness of this holiday lies in the contrast it offers between the cool, remote mountain interior and the contrasting warmth of the coastal paths.

  • Station ski Haut Asco

    Ski station Haut Asco

    The Chamonix of Corsica Haut Asco is considered by many as Corsica’s Mecca for mountain sports, historically it has drawn enthusiasts from all over the world. If you are hiking the GR20 you will come across Haut Asco between Carrozu in the north and Tighiettu refuge.

  • Pêche aux oursins

    Sea Urchins

    It’s not a BBQ, it’s an Oursinade. Most of us associate sea urchins with pain, a hazardous danger when swimming in the South of France.  For those of us who have stepped on an urchin, you will remember the pain, the black spikes penetrating the skin, splintering and breaking off

  • la chataigne corse

    Chesnuts

    An age old Corsican proverb  ‘If you have nothing, you will eat nothing, if you want to make flour, go and collect chestnuts.’ A chì un ni hà, un ni mangna. Sé tu voli a farina va à coglia a castagna ». What could be better than sitting around a big open fire on a… Read more »

  • Chèvres dans montagne corse

    Becoming a shepherd

    In the idyllic, insular setting of the Corsican mountains, making the choice to become a shepherd is quite an undertaking. For it to be sustainable, you would have to be passionate about nature, love your animals and feel at home in a rugged outdoor environment that can be harsh. 

  • Colours of Autumn

    The island of beauty offers some glorious  colours in the Autumn. With the transition from  summer to  winter, the high slopes glow with golden orange leaves and red berries.  The excitement of the summer simmers down and walkers are few and far between.