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Le Mare a Mare Sud

Leaving Porto-Vecchio, the Mare à Mare Sud (from sea to sea) will take you towards the Gulf of Valincu and Propriano. This mid-mountain route is an emblematic and not-to-be-missed trail criss-crossing the Alta Rocca region.

You'll have access to some of the most beautiful panoramas in the region and discover the depths of Corsica.
It will take you to the heart of the pine, oak and chestnut forests. You'll get close to wild flora and fauna, often endemic and preserved. You'll also have the chance to cross streams and rivers and enjoy a refreshing swim.
A course in the heart of nature, ideal for a sporting holiday with family or friends, accessible virtually all year round.


Stage 1: Porto-Vecchio - Cartalavonu (5-hour walk)
This is the starting point for the Mare à Mare Sud. You'll cross the maquis and a forest of maritime pines to reach the Cartalavonu plateau at an altitude of 1022m. Don't forget to stop at the Ospedale for a breathtaking panoramic view of Porto-Vecchio and its gulf.

Stage 2: Cartalavonu - Levie (5h walk)
On this 2nd stage, you'll discover magnificent views of the Ospedale dam and the Aiguilles de Bavella. You can make a short diversions to the Punta di a Vacca Morta and enjoy the panoramic views over the whole of southern Corsica.
Be sure to visit the village of Carbini, with its church of San Giovanni and its bell tower, and discover the history of the Giovannali family. Levie is also well worth a visit, with its museum tracing the history of the region's first settlers.

Stage 3: Levie - Serra di Scopamena (6-hour walk)
This time, the trail takes you through an era long gone, with ancient witnesses lining the path. This stage offers a whole range of possibilities: archaeological sites, chapel, oak forest, granite boulders, swimming in the river and a magnificent view of the Aiguilles de Bavella... A heritage trail takes you to the village of Serra (about a 50-minute walk).

Stage 4: Serra di Scopamena - Sainte Lucie de Tallano (5h walk)
You've done more than half the Mare à Mare. Now it's down into a deep valley with plenty of opportunities for swimming. The view of the Rizzanese is splendid. Don't forget to visit the 15th-century St François convent, the parish church, the oil mill and the heritage trail on your arrival...

Stage 5: Sainte Lucie de Tallano - Burgo (6-hour walk)
The final stage is another place rich in history. Once again, you'll cross some beautiful forest paths. After a final view of the Aiguilles de Bavella, the path takes you to Fozzano, birthplace of Colomba Carabelli, the symbol of the vendetta in Corsica. A final stream brings you to Burgo, with a superb view of Propriano.

On the Mare a Mare Sud, accommodation is provided in stopover gîtes, bed and breakfasts or campsites in the stopover villages. These private establishments offer a half-board service and, on request, a picnic. For a "lighter" hike, luggage can also be transported from gîte to gîte.
We strongly advise you to book your accommodation before you leave.

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