Unmissable walks in the Porto region of Corsica
Discovering the Porto region of Corsica is an adventure in itselfThere's no better way to explore it than by hiking. With its breathtaking scenery, unspoilt nature and picturesque trails, this region offers a range of options for walking enthusiasts.
The Porto region of Corsica is full of extraordinary walks that will allow you to discover all the splendour of this unspoilt territory. From Calanques de Piana to the Scandola Nature Reserve, from the Gorges de Spelunca to the peaks of Capo RossoEach hike offers breathtaking scenery and unique experiences. Whether you're a keen hiker or simply looking to discover new things, these trails will invite you to lose yourself in the beauty of Corsican nature and create lasting memories. So get your hiking boots on and set off on an adventure in the Porto region of Corsica!
Whether you're a seasoned hiker looking for a challenge or a walker looking for a leisurely stroll, here's a selection of must-do walks to discover in the Porto region.
The old mule track from Piana to Ota
Type : round trip: approx. 1? hours
Departure : Piana stadium
Difficulty : easy and very sunny
Get ready for an unforgettable hike along the old muleteers' path, which was once the obligatory route for those travelling from Piana to the picturesque villages of Porto and Ota in the early 19th century. This historic trail will take you to the heart of the Calanques de Piana, an enchanting landscape where nature expresses itself in all its splendour.
The path winds its way through majestic calanques, offering breathtaking panoramas at every turn. You'll be captivated by the imposing cliffs that seem to touch the sky and the mysterious caves that hide secrets thousands of years old. This trail, testimony to a bygone era, adds a mystical aura to this exceptional walk.
The red and ochre rock creates a striking contrast with the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea, adding a touch of magic to this spectacular landscape. The scents of Mediterranean maquis and endemic essences will envelop you, connecting you to the very essence of nature and its history.
As you make your way along the old mule track, you'll reach panoramic viewpoints, perfect for taking a break and admiring the breathtaking spectacle before you. The shimmering colours of the calanques unfold before your eyes, changing with the shades of the sun as the day progresses. You'll feel privileged to be following in the footsteps of the travellers of yesteryear, sharing with them the timeless beauty of these places.
At the end of the route, when you reach the finishing point, you'll feel a mixture of achievement and nostalgia. This unforgettable hike along a route steeped in history will forever remain one of the highlights of your hiking life, perhaps even inviting you to return for new adventures in the heart of this geological wonder.
Walk to the Aitone waterfalls
Type : round trip
Duration: 1h30 / 2h30 from Evisa
Difficulty : very easy and shady
Departure : after Evisa follow the D84, a large yellow sign on the left
La Tête de Chien - A breathtaking view of the Gulf of Porto
Type : Round trip
Duration: Approximately 1 hour
Difficulty : Easy
Departure :On the road to Porto-Piana
This hike to Tête de Chien is an unforgettable experience for fans of breathtaking scenery. The trail takes you past red rocks in a variety of shapes, creating a unique backdrop that will fascinate you from the first moment you set foot on it.
The start of the hike is on the road to Porto-Piana, where you can easily park before beginning your exploration. The trail begins in peaceful surroundings, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, and is ideal for hikers of all abilities.
As you follow the winding path, you'll pass through a landscape of striking shades of red, created by the erosion of time on the rocks. The varied contours of the rock formations give the impression of a natural work of art, offering unique photographic opportunities at every turn.
As you progress, you will reach a spectacular rocky platform that serves as a magnificent lookout point. From here, you'll have a breathtaking view of the castle below. This historic fortress stands proudly, bearing witness to the region's tumultuous past.
But the real reward of this hike is the breathtaking panorama over the Gulf of Porto. The landscape before you is breathtaking: the azure waters of the Mediterranean stretch as far as the eye can see, contrasting magnificently with the surrounding red rocks. The majestic mountains rise up in the background, creating a picture worthy of a postcard.
Take the time to admire this incredible panorama, soak up the raw beauty of nature and capture this magical moment. It's an experience you'll never forget.
Once you've taken in the spectacular views, you can set off on the return journey to the starting point, bearing in mind the unforgettable memories this short hike has given you.
Capu d'Ortu - A climb to an exceptional panorama
Type : Round trip
Duration: Approximately 5h30-6h
Difficulty : Difficult / For good walkers
Departure : Piana Stadium
For lovers of more demanding hikes, the ascent of Capu d'Ortu is an epic adventure that will take you to an exceptional panorama of the Gulf of Porto. This round trip hike offers a real immersion in the wild beauty of Corsican nature.
The starting point for the hike is the stade de Piana, where you can prepare yourself for a day of exploration. Following the path, you'll head into a picturesque pine forest, with the soothing murmur of the stream accompanying you all the way up.
This first part of the route, through the pine forest, offers a welcome coolness, but don't be fooled by its apparent ease. The rest of the walk requires a good level of fitness and experience of mountain walking.
You'll soon be leaving the forest behind and entering steeper, wilder landscapes. The path gradually rises, inviting you to cross some steep gradients, but the spectacle awaiting you is worth every step.
The grander the views, the higher you climb. At the summit of Capu d'Ortu, culminating at 1294 metres, you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Porto. The turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea stretch endlessly, blending with the rugged mountains to create a striking tableau.
Take the time to soak up the exceptional views, feel at one with the surrounding nature and enjoy the sense of achievement that comes with a mountain hike.
Once you've savoured the panoramic views to the full, begin your descent with the unforgettable memories of this hike fresh in your mind.
The Capu d'Ortu is an adventure reserved for seasoned hikers, but it's also an unforgettable experience for lovers of nature and grandiose panoramas. This epic hike will leave you with memories etched in your heart, and a renewed admiration for the wild beauty of Corsica. Get ready for a memorable ascent to a majestic summit that will reward your efforts with an exceptional view of the Gulf of Porto.
The Capo Rosso Tower - A 360-degree panorama
Type : Round trip
Duration: About 3 hours
Difficulty : Difficult / Very sunny
Departure : On the road to Arone, at the refreshment bar
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the hike to the Capo Rosso Tower is an unforgettable adventure that will reward you with an exceptional 360-degree view of the Gulf of Porto and the surrounding area. This round trip hike takes you through breathtaking scenery and picturesque sheepfolds, in an unspoilt part of Corsica.
The starting point for the hike is on the road to Arone, near the refreshment stand where you can hydrate before embarking on your adventure. The trail begins gently through the sheepfolds of "Paghiadie", where you may be able to observe the flocks grazing peacefully in the pastures.
After passing through these charming sheepfolds, you'll continue your walk towards the peninsula, where you'll already have some great views of the coastline. It's here that you'll spot the majestic Tour de Turghiu standing proudly atop the cliff. You'll feel the excitement building as you approach this high point.
The trail rises gradually, offering increasingly breathtaking views as you gain altitude. The region is bathed in sunshine, so it's essential to bring plenty of water to keep you hydrated throughout the hike.
Once you reach the Capo Rosso Tower, you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking 360-degree view. The Gulf of Porto unfolds before your eyes, its sparkling blue waters mingling with the surrounding red rocks. You'll feel as if you're towering over the world from this majestic peak, surrounded by the raw beauty of Corsican nature.
Take the time to soak up this exceptional panorama, enjoy the sea air caressing your face and capture this magical moment. It's an experience you'll never forget, and one that will remind you of the richness and diversity of Corsica's unspoilt natural heritage.
Once you've savoured the view to the full, begin your descent back to the starting point, remembering the unforgettable memories this hike has given you.
The Tour de Capo Rosso is a demanding but incredibly rewarding hike for those who love nature and magnificent views.
Girolata - An enchanted loop
Type : Loop
Duration: Approximately 3h30-4h
Difficulty : Average on sunny roads
Departure : On the D81, 20 km from Porto, at Col de la Croix
The Girolata loop is a real invitation to discover a jewel of Corsica, accessible only on foot or by boat. Nicknamed the "postman's path", this route promises an unforgettable adventure through breathtaking scenery.
The loop starts on the D81 at Col de la Croix, around 20km from Porto. Get ready for a beautiful hike that will take you through breathtaking panoramas.
The trail will first take you to Tuara beach, where you can enjoy a refreshing break by the sea. The gentle sound of the waves and the warm sand beneath your feet will create the perfect atmosphere to recharge your batteries before continuing your exploration.
You can then choose between two routes to reach the village of Girolata. You can opt for the coastal route, where the sea reveals itself before you in brilliant shades of turquoise blue. The steep cliffs and secluded coves will accompany you throughout your walk.
Alternatively, you can choose the mountain route, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and verdant valleys. You'll be amazed by the richness of the local flora and the raw beauty of the landscape.
Whichever route you take, arriving at the village of Girolata is a reward in itself. Nestling in the heart of a wild cove, this authentic little village will immerse you in a timeless atmosphere. With its stone houses and narrow streets, Girolata exudes history and tranquillity.
Take time to explore this unique place, admire the colourful boats gently bobbing in the harbour and soak up the peaceful atmosphere of this secluded village.
After discovering the charms of Girolata, you'll return to the path to complete the hike. You'll leave with unforgettable memories of this unforgettable adventure through breathtaking panoramas and an unspoilt village that bears witness to the authenticity of Corsica.
The Girolata loop is one of Corsica's hidden treasures, a marvel that only hikers and sailors can discover. Get ready for an unforgettable experience, between land and sea, in an enchanting setting that will transport you far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This hike is an invitation to discover and marvel, in the heart of a preserved and authentic Corsican landscape.
The Spelunca Gorges - A shady and refreshing walk
Type : Round trip
Duration: Approximately 1h30
Difficulty : Easy and very shady
Departure : At the 2 bridges of Ota
The Gorges de la Spelunca invite you on an enchanting walk through unspoilt countryside, along the river that winds its way between the mountains. This round trip hike, lasting around 1h30, is a refreshing and enjoyable experience, ideal for all the family.
The starting point for the walk is the 2 bridges of Ota, where you will immediately be charmed by the peaceful atmosphere of the place. From the very first steps, you'll be surrounded by lush vegetation that creates a shady canopy, protecting you from the sun's rays and providing welcome coolness.
The route runs alongside the River Spelunca, which winds its way between majestic rocks and cliffs. You'll have the chance to discover the local flora and fauna in this unspoilt natural setting. Keep your eyes peeled for birds singing in the trees, colourful butterflies fluttering around you and perhaps even fish swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the river.
Along the way, you'll be amazed by the changing landscapes, from small rapids to natural swimming pools. Don't hesitate to make a picnic stop to enjoy a delicious meal in the midst of this green and soothing countryside.
The Gorges de la Spelunca also offer plenty of opportunities to cool off. You can take a dip in the clear waters of the river to relax and refresh after your walk.
The walk through the Gorges de la Spelunca is a real escape into the heart of nature, where you can recharge your batteries and connect with the natural environment. The ease of the route makes it an outing accessible to all, from the youngest to the oldest, and it's perfect for those looking to relax in the heart of a generous and unspoilt natural environment.
Walk from the Zaglia bridge to Evisa
Duration: Approximately 2h30
Difficulty : Difficult / For good walkers / Well shaded
Departure : Zaglia bridge
The hike from Zaglia to Evisa is a sporting adventure that takes you through breathtaking scenery in a shady setting. This round trip takes around 2h30 and is ideal for experienced hikers looking for a challenge.
The starting point for the hike is the Zaglia bridge, where you will prepare yourself for this adventure, which promises a steady climb along the way.
As soon as you take your first steps, you'll be enveloped by the coolness of the trees, which create a dense, shady canopy. This natural protection means you can walk more comfortably even in hot weather.
The start of the route is more accessible, offering pleasant views of the surrounding countryside and the river that winds its way between the mountains. Soon, however, you'll enter the more challenging part of the route, with a gradual but sustained climb that takes you towards Evisa.
As you gain altitude, grandiose panoramas open up before you, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and majestic peaks. You'll feel truly at one with nature, in an unspoilt and majestic environment.
The climb can be demanding, but every step will be rewarded by the rugged beauty of the Corsican landscape. Take the time to admire the local flora and wildflowers that colour the path, and keep an eye out for local wildlife.
Once you arrive in Evisa, you can enjoy a well-deserved break. This picturesque village, nestling in the heart of the mountains, offers a warm, authentic atmosphere. Take time to stroll through the narrow streets and admire the typical stone houses.
After savouring the panoramic views and the peaceful atmosphere of Evisa, begin your descent with the unforgettable memories that this hike has given you.
Petra Sorda cave
Type : Round trip
Duration: Approximately 1h30
Difficulty : Easy
Departure : On the D124 towards Ota, just before the bridge
The Grotte de Petra Sorda promises a pleasant and panoramic walk, accessible to all abilities. This out-and-back route lasts around 1? hours and takes you along a lovely hillside path, offering historical discoveries and breathtaking views over Porto.
The starting point for the walk is on the D124 towards Ota, just before the bridge. You'll start your walk with enthusiasm, curious to discover what Corsican nature has in store for you.
The trail is easy to access, ideal for all the family and those who want to enjoy a leisurely stroll in the heart of nature. As you make your way along, you'll be surrounded by vegetation typical of the region, creating a peaceful and refreshing atmosphere.
Along the way, you'll come across old ruined sheepfolds that bear witness to the region's pastoral past. These historic remains add a touch of authenticity to the walk, reminding us of the importance of livestock farming in this mountainous region.
The path winds up the hillside, offering breathtaking views of Porto and the surrounding area. The breathtaking panoramas of the Gulf of Oporto and the Mediterranean Sea will unfold before you, creating a striking picture to capture in photographs.
The Grotte de Petra Sorda is also a natural belvedere, allowing you to marvel at the raw beauty of Corsican nature. Take the time to enjoy these moments of contemplation and reconnect with what's essential.
After taking in the panorama and discovering the ruined sheepfolds, you'll take the same path back to the starting point.
The walk to the Grotte de Petra Sorda is an opportunity to relax in the heart of Corsican nature and enjoy a moment of peace and contemplation. This easy walk will leave you with pleasant memories and a taste of Corsica's unspoilt beauty. Get ready for a memorable experience, combining historical discovery and breathtaking panoramas, in an unspoilt and authentic part of Corsica.
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