Visit South Corsica without a car: 8 routes to get off the beaten track

Arrived in South Corsica without a car aboard Trinighellu

Departing from Bastia, in Haute-Corse, embark on a scenic journey of around 4 hours aboard the Trinighellu railway whose route forms a Y. Through the train window you will see several mountains, streams and even a sublime waterfall called “the blurred” of the bride”.

For a one-way Bastia – Ajaccio count around twenty euros for a full price, knowing that it is possible to stop on the way at several stations: in the south of Corsica the train marks the stop at the stations of Bocognano and Mezzana before arriving at its terminus , Ajaccio.

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Discover Porto and the Scandola nature reserve by boat

Created in 1975 and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, Scandola Nature Reserve designates an exceptionally rich area covering 900 hectares of land and 1,000 hectares of seabed. The only way to discover it is by boat (all walking, diving, fishing and other collecting activities are prohibited there), which can be boarded from Porto.

Indeed, several companies offer hikes to the Scandola reserve and another unusual place: the Piana creeks (“calanche di Piana” in Corsican language), notably mentioned in the novel Une vie de Maupassant. The author describes them in these terms: “trees, plants, beasts, monuments, men, monks in robes, horned devils, enormous birds, a whole monstrous people, a menagerie of nightmares petrified by the will of an extravagant god”. A whole program!

Horse riding on the beaches of Porticcio

Between breaks for sunbathing and lounging in the sand, why not put on your stirrups and go for a ride? The equestrian center in Porticcio thus offers rides in the maquis and on the beach for around twenty euros an hour.

If the seaside resort of Porticcio is not worth a detour, its beaches – Viva and Agosta – are ideal for horse riding: these long stretches of sand also have the advantage of offering a breathtaking panorama of Ajaccio and its bay.

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Mare a Mare: walk to Propriano from Porto-Vecchio

There are not one, but three Mare a Mare trails – literally “from the sea to the sea” in the Corsican language, all three developed by the Regional Nature Park of Corsica. They cross the island from west to east or from east to west.

While the Mare a Mare Nord trail runs from Moriani to Cargèse and the Mare a Mare Center trail connects Ghisonacia to the east to Porticcio to the west, Mare a Mare sud connects Porto Vecchio to Propiano. This is the shortest of the three hikes, as it takes an average of three days to walk, over a good 80 kilometers.

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Discover the Gulf of Figari by windsurfing

Between Roccapina and Bonifacio, the road looks like a no-man’s land as dry as it is wild, but it’s worth stopping for a few spots, especially Figari Bay. To discover the bay differently, become a windsurfer for a sea excursion!

Take a hike on Tra Mare e Monti north

With the Mare a Mare routes, Tra Mare e Monti – “Between the sea and the mountains” in Corsican – is a must for hiking enthusiasts! Traced by the Corsican Regional Natural Park, it stretches from Calenza to Cargèse via Galéria.

During this ten-day itinerary (with daily stages of around five hours) you will discover valleys, peaks and forests, but also the spectacular Porto Bay, Girolata Bay and Spelunca Gorges … without forgetting the Scandola Reserve ! You will also pass through beautiful small villages, such as Ota and Evisa. Be careful, the shaded parts are especially rare along the way, you need to take precautions if you plan this hike in hot weather.

Explore the Coti-Chiavari National Forest by bike

On the southern shore of the Gulf of Ajaccio, the Coti-Chiavari forest offers an ideal playground for mountain bikers, covering no less than 1,800 hectares, over which the scent of cistus and eucalyptus wafts. In total, there are 90 paths reserved for cyclists, horse riders and walkers – traffic is prohibited for motorbikes!

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The opportunity to discover the remains of the penitentiary established there in 1855 during the Second Empire, where almost 800 prisoners were assigned to agricultural work until the site was closed in 1906. Today, you can only see the buildings in ruins, on a large plateau between Coti – Chiavari and Verghia.

Take the pedestrian circuit of the cliffs of Bonifacio

At the extreme south of Skønhedsøen, Bonifacio has it all: opposite Sardinia, the upper town dominates the sea, while the lower town offers a beautiful fishing port and its fleet. The “City of Rocks” is also a dream base for hiking enthusiasts, with two walks not to be missed. In addition to the beach path, which allows you to discover the landscape around Bonifacio along the northern bank of the gorge, the pedestrian circuit on the cliffs allows you to gain altitude!

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The latter runs along the slope to the Pertusato lighthouse, from the Saint-Roch pass. The walk of around 1h30 offers magnificent panoramas of the city – don’t forget your cameras!

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