What’s happening with the weather in Corsica? High temperatures and violent winds, it’s been an extraordinary winter…February has been extremely mild and we are looking forward to a calm Springtime.
The most remote coastline in Corsica, a Genoese tower, and a night in a lighthouse, Théo thinks this is quite the best family walking adventure in Southern Corsica. Walk the coast, Campomoro to Tizzano, en famille !
Wanting a picnic to explore the Parata, or take on a hike on the Crêtes whilst in Ajaccio on your walking holiday, or just looking to explore Napoleon’s home town and need a flavoursome bite to eat, this is one of the local favourites…
Thankfully, the old tired practices of restricting calories and resisting temptation are over.
If you are looking to get fitter, healthier and happier in 2020 you do not have to go hungry, or cut down on food.
Corsica has a rich and varied vegetation. The maquis or ‘macchia’ is the name given to the scrubland that covers the hills. Amongst the plants that are found in the maquis78 of them are endemic.
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.
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 …
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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
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 »
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.
Walk to Corsica’s secluded beaches and discover the Mortella Tower. Situated on the top northern point of Corsica, near to the Desert des Agriates you will find the bustling harbour town of St Florent. There is a rocky, wild coastal walk, that leads to two of the most beautiful beaches
Balagne is situated in the North West region of the island. It is known as the garden of Corsica, it has rolling hillsides, vineyards, perched villages, as well as some beautiful wild beaches. Amongst the many places to visit in the Balagne is an abandoned village, called Occi.
The Bearded Vulture, also known as, the Lammergeier, or Altore Like other vultures, the bearded vulture, is a scavenger, feeding mostly on the remains of dead animals. It usually discards the actual meat and lives on a diet that is typically 85-90% bone marrow. This is the only living bird species that specializes in feeding… Read more »
Stand up Paddle
How do guides relax after a week’s mountain walking? When I am back down from the mountains after guiding a trek, I always crave the same things. I want a good massage, I do lots of stretching, I walk around barefoot, to give my feet a breather after the confines of hiking shoes and I… Read more »