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The most beautiful hikes to do in Corsica

Written on : 08 July 2019

Famous for its heavenly beaches, Corsica is the perfect destination for those who are looking for relaxation and sunbathing. However, the island of Beauty has a less well-known aspect, just as attractive and aesthetic as its fine sandy beaches: its many hiking trails. Landscape and wilderness lovers, this article is made for you!

Here is a selection of the most beautiful paths, to see alone, in couple or with the family.

The GR20

The GR20

There is of course the emblematic GR20, which crosses the city from North to South for nearly 180 kilometres. This long-distance hiking trail is probably the best known and most challenging on the island: it takes about 15 days to complete and requires a certain physical and mental preparation. It is considered as one of the most difficult treks in Europe! The altitude difference is about 11, 000 meters and you can climb to an altitude of more than 2,600 meters.
Nevertheless, the landscapes are definitely worth the effort: the path crosses the regional natural park of Corsica and will surely allow you to cross the road of the local fauna and flora. If you are lucky, you see golden eagles, mouflons and foxes, among others.
If you are interested in this hike, all you have to do is book a guide on the many (web)sites offering this type of service. 

The Cascades des Anglais hike

The Cascades des Anglais hike

On a completely different level of difficulty, the Cascades des Anglais hike will allow you to admire one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the island. This hike is ideal for families if your children are not too young (around 10 years old). It is possible to swim in the island's natural pools once the waterfalls are reached (even if the water is not very hot)! 
It takes about 1h30 to complete, with a difference in altitude of about 200m.
Be careful because this hike is one of the most touristic on the island. It is therefore recommended to get up early if you want to avoid the influx of visitors and have a quiet spot to soak your feet in the water.

The Parata Point hike

The Parata Point hike

Another very nice hike and easy to do with children. The path crosses the scrubland, along the coast and then leads to the Genoese tower of Parata, from where you will have a breathtaking view of the surroundings. The tower was built in the 16th century and offers a glimpse of the Genoese towers that populated the Corsican coast, originally built to protect the island from pirate and barbarian invasions. The path is accessible from Ajaccio by car and has a car park at the beginning.
This loop takes about 1 hour (or less if you walk at a good pace) and the difference in altitude is less than 50m. Easily affordable.

The Corte Trail

The Corte Trail

Halfway between hiking and cultural strolls, the Corte trail will allow you to discover the secrets of this city full of history. The city is indeed considered as the historical and cultural capital of Corsica and it was even the capital of independent Corsica in the 18th century. 
The 2km long path will take you along the Tavignanu river on which the city is built, and then you will discover the city's belvedere and citadel. Don't worry, the altitude difference is less than 70m and the trail is considered as "all public". A must-see!

Lakes Melo and Capitello

Lakes Melo and Capitello

Lake Melo is the most famous lake in Corsica and this hike is one of the most beautiful to experience.
Its advantage: it is possible to do only one of the two lakes in case of fatigue, because the path leading to Lake Capitello is actually a loop that follows the path leading to Lake Melo. This route is therefore very flexible according to your level: from the beginning, you have the choice between the left path, which is more family oriented, and the right path, which is more aerial and crosses a rocky bar. The difficulty is mainly present in the second part of the route, especially if you choose the left path from the beginning.
Allow the day or a half-day to do the hike according to your pace and level: we count between 3h30 and 5h walking for both lakes. The difference in altitude should not be neglected and it amounts to 730m, but the hike remains relatively affordable. 
The difficulty is mainly present in the second part of the route but it is worth it: you can enjoy an aerial view of Lake Melo from the path leading to Lake Capitello.

Some safety tips to have a good time

Some safety tips to have a good time

While hiking is a leisure activity, it remains a sport that can be dangerous if it is poorly practiced or practiced in poor conditions. Here are some tips to make sure you have a good time:

  • Adapt your equipment to the difficulty of the hike: bring good shoes, something to keep warm and water so you will have problems on the way.
  • Respect the environment and the people who live there: do not make fires and bivouac if it is forbidden, collect your waste and sort it, do not pick flowers and do not disturb animals.
  • Be foresighted: check the weather, don't overestimate yourself and don't leave too late to avoid being surprised.