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.

Campomoro to Senetosa is a walk for all the family, I know as I have done this many times with my Mum, and my two younger brothers, 10 & 13. The trail mostly follows along the coast and gives you access to many remote beaches along the way.

The walk is quite easy under foot. The path is mostly dry dirt and grass with some rocky parts but nothing technical, so you can go at your own pace and have some fun. I’ve done this walk at different times of year and it is always a great adventure.

The walk starts from the seaside village of Campomoro from where you climb towards the tower, the largest on the island. You can visit the Campomoro tower from April to November for €2.50, but out of season it is free to go in – there is a great view from the roof and the ramparts of the village and the Valinco Golf. The path then drops down through trees towards the coast with wind sculptured boulders and maquis, and you can see traces of the odd wild boar or two. On the path down we met a hunting dog, which followed us for a while as it wanted to go for a walk too!

On the walk you can see the remote Senetosa lighthouse, sea caves and rocks, a lagoon, stone fountains and threshing circles, sometimes cows – (beware of their horns), red kites, lizards, pond turtles and snakes (don’t worry they are non venomous)…

It is best to not do the walk when it is very hot but the swimming cools you off. For the walk you will need lots of water (at least 2L per person) and if you stay at the lighthouse two picnics, an evening meal – something like pasta and sauce is a good idea and don’t forget a towel for a lovely hot shower. You could buy more water at the lighthouse if needed (tap water is highly chlorinated) and they sell soft drinks (soda, tea, coffee etc…) and do breakfast with jams, hot chocolate, tea or coffee and French toast.

At the lighthouse you can either sleep in a tent, in a dormitory or in a twin room and it really is an interesting place to stay.

I am only passing this place, I leave with all my rubbish – leaving the site clean, as this place is protected, I respect it, I limit my use of electricity, I am careful with water and I use the ecological dry toilets, I do not disturb other guests and I do not make fire so that everyone can enjoy this wonderful site.

Refuge Charter – Refuge du Phare de Senetosa, Tizzano

On the many beaches en-route you can go snorkelling and see lots of sorts of different fish and sea life but watch out for sea urchins (around rocks most of the time) as you don’t want to get a spine in your foot and jelly-fish have a nasty sting that is best avoided! If you want to go on this walk, you can find it in Corsica Adventures holiday Contrasts of South Corsica, as tried and tested by me, Théo aged 15.

Palombaggia beach
Théo and his brothers, having fun at Palombaggia, Corse du Sud

Written by Frédéric Cesari

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