Corsica is rightly called the island of beauty. It is a true paradise for hikers – interconnected by a vast network of well-marked hiking trails for every taste and difficulty.
Spring and fall are perfect times to visit Corsica.
In the spring, you can enjoy the flowering, scented maquis - the shrubbery blanketing more than half the island. And you will have breathtaking views to snow-capped peaks (Corsica's highest mountain is over 2,700 m).
In the fall you can enjoy that both days and nights are warm and that the sea and rivers are still warm enough for bathing.
I am personally a passionate hiker who lost my heart to Corsica in general and to the Balagne region in particular more than 30 years ago.
The hiking options are almost infinite, and it is recommended that you decide exactly which trip you want to take when you know the weather forecast for the day.
In spring it is generally recommended to choose the more coastal and lower altitude routes, as there is often snow from about 1500 meters altitude.
As a general rule, the hikes up into the mountains should be started as early in the morning as possible, as clouds may draw up around noon.

Here is just a small selection of suggestions for hiking day trips:

  • Take the train from Algajola to Ile Rousse – see the town and the market etc. Hike back to Algajola along the coast (10 km, 137 height meters, effective walking time 2½ hours). The trail starts along the train track from Ile Rousse station. You pass Bodri and Ghjunchitu (Restaurant Junquidou) - two white sandy beaches with turquise water on your way. Enjoy a swim and take a pause on one of the beach restaurants you pass on your way. Continue along the coast until you reach the small beach by the tennis court in Marine de Davia. Follow the road uphill and keep left when the road forks out. Follow Avenue d’Algajola for ca. 100m. Then cross an empty lot on your right-hand side. Go steeply uphill until you reach the path leading you along the cost to Algajola.
  • Hike along the Fango River from Tuarelli to Manso (Tuarelli is approx. 45 min drive from Algajola. The hike is 8.5 km and takes approx. 3 hours including bathing in the river. Approx. 250 height meters). Take a small detour to Galeria and a swim at the beach with black pebbles by the Fango delta (which can be explored by rental kayaks).
  • Hike directly from Algajola along Roman mule trail to the picturesque villages of Pigna (and visit its many artisan shops) and St. Antonino (enjoy the views from this bird’s nest village) (altitude 497m). Ca. 14 km. Ca. 4-5 hours. > 500 altitude meters.
  • Hike directly from Algajola along the coast via Saint Ambroggio (where you can stop for refreshments) to the national reserve Punta di Spanu (14.5 km, about 3 hours). Fantastic view over the Calvi bay by the end of the road and good spot to take a swim by the fabulous rock formations.
  • Hike from Lumio to the abandoned village d'Occi (10 mins drive from Algajola. Approx. 5 km. Approx. 2 hours).
  • Hike in the Ghuissani area (Approx. 1-hour drive from Algajola). Hike either from the Col de Bataglia (8 km, approx. 3 hours, 410 altitude meters, 1128 - 758 - 1128 m) and enjoy a lunch at Restaurant Merendella in the pass or hike along the Tartagine River (12 km, approx. 4 hours including lunch at Maison Forrestiere, 539 altitude meters, 795 - 555 - 795 meters) and a swim in the river pool when you cross the second Genovese bridge.
  • Hike on the Revellata Peninsula (15-20 min. drive from Algajola) (approx. 10 km, 2½ hours). Follow the Sentier des Cretes on the way out to the lighthouse and follow the path on the East side of the peninsula on the return trip. Drive up to see the views from Notre Dame de la Serra and stop for a visit in Calvi on your way back.
  • Hike in Gorge de la Restonica to the glacier lakes Lac de Melo and Lac de Capitello (approx. 1½ hours’ drive from Algajola. 7 km, 4 hours, 620 altitude meters). Take a swim in the river after the hike and visit Corte (especially its old citadel part) on your way back.
  • Hike from Santa Reparata de Balagne to Lac de Codole (ca. 20 min. drive from Algajola) (approx. 11 km, ca. 3 hours, ca. 320 heightmeters). Park the car by the church at the round about. Start by following the road towards Monticello. Turn right after a ca. 500 meters by the chapel. Follow the signs Boucle de Codole. Cross the dam after having walked along the lake for ca. 1.5 km (please note, swimming is strictly forbidden). Turn left after the dam and follow the road ca. 900 meters. Turn left following the signs towards Monticello. When you get to the river turn right and follow the river ca. 100 meter until you get to a point where it it easier to cross on a little dam. After having mounted to Monticello follow the signs to Santa Reparata di Balagne.
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