A trek bathed in sunlight and the colour of the sea at the southern tip of Corsica. From the mountains overlooking the sea you will be able to make out the outline of the coast of the Island of Beauty to the Lavezzi Islands and the coast of Sardinia. Stunning panoramic views will be your backdrop for the trek towards to chalk cliffs of Bonifacio.
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Day 1. Saturday: Arrival in Corsica
Arrival at Figari airport. Transfer to Porto Vecchio. Arrival throughout the day of the riders, depending on the times of each person. Welcome dinner, presentation of the itinerary and night at the gîte (shared rooms)
Day 2. Sunday: Trek – around 5 hours.
We will set off from the gîte at around 9am and start our Corsican trek riding along the seaside. We will then take forest trails to the river Cavu with its surprising natural swimming pools. Riding through the landscape of pines and scrubland, we will arrive back at the gîte for dinner and a sound night’s sleep.
Day 3. Monday: Trek – around 8 hours (a long but not difficult day)
Our trek sets off along the paths through the forest overlooking Porto Vecchi. We will arrive at the Ospédale Lake, which is the main water reserve in the Porto Vecchio area with its 135m long and 25m high dam. We will be able to admire the exceptional view over the bays at Pinarellu and St Cyprien with their long white-sand beaches. In the evening, we will arrive at the gîte in the little village of Cartalavonu.
Day 4. Tuesday: Trek - around 3 1/2 - 4 hours (shorter day in order to be able to enjoy the swimming pool
We will ride down the Ospédale valley with its unobstructed view of the salt marshes of Porto Vecchio, in the shade of the cork oak trees. Spread over 10 hectares, these salt marshes produce around 1000 tonnes of salt a year. We will head to the village of Muratello to our gîte in the afternoon, to relax and enjoy the swimming pool. Night at gîte/bungalow with swimming pool (in season).
Day 5. Wednesday: Trek – around 7 hours
We will ride up over paths and trails to the Baccinu Pass (1000m). Our horses will have a sure footing but sometimes we will also have to dismount. We will arrive at our rest point for lunch at the migratory sheepfolds in Bitalza. Isolated and reachable only by these paths, these sheepfolds which once sheltered shepherds and their families in summer are famous for their dry-stone architecture. At 1800m, the vantage point here over the sea and the south of Corsica is superb. On a clear day, you can even see Sardinia. Night at the Bergeries de Piscia inn.
Day 6. Thursday: Trek – around 5 hours
Today the trek takes us back down to the farming plains in Figari. The land was farmed here as far back as three thousand years BC. Today we can see traces of some farming areas still present in the scrubland. We will ride though some of the region’s few hamlets – this part of Corsica remains wild and untouched. Night at bivouac by the sea.
Day 7. Friday: Trek – around 6 hours
For this last day of horse riding, we will head towards Bonifiacio – the highest point of our trip. From Ventilègne, we will ride over the sandy beaches, between the turquoise waters and chalk cliffs, and arrive at Trinité de Bonifacio. We will enter the town and climb the steps on horseback to reach the cliffs and the breath-taking view over the Lavezzi Islands and the coast of Sardinia. For our horses, the trek finishes here, but we will enjoy the rest of the afternoon with a visit to the town of Bonifacio. Return in the evening to Porto Vecchio for our farewell dinner. Night at the gîte.
Day 8. Saturday: Departure
After breakfast, transfers to Figari airport or continuation of your holiday in Corsica.
Mostly Corsican horses – a robust and sturdy breed. Regularly ridden in horse riding schools, they are raised in the open air and trained all year round for trekking. With their sure-footing and calm disposition, they will bring you safely over all terrains, including those that are hilly. The packhorse is our cute and cuddly mascot – a magnificent mule!
RIDING ABILITY & PACE
For riders comfortable riding outside at all paces.
Given the terrain, the trek is mostly at the pace of a walk, with some sections requiring the riders to dismount. Each stage is around 30km, which equates to around 5-6 hours of riding a day.
A good level of fitness is required.
Minors accompanied by an adult are welcome from the age of 12 years old, provided they have the sufficient physical requirements and level of ability (galop level 5).
Unaccompanied minors are welcome from the age of 16 years old, under the same conditions.
English, Forestier and Wintech pro saddles. Trekking saddlebags and riding hats provided if you do not have your own.
HORSE RIDING GUIDE & SUPERVISION
Karine, the owner of the horses and qualified horse riding tourism guide, will be our supervisor for the duration of the ride. Passionate about her native Corsica, she will share with you the secrets of the Island of Beauty.
France, Southern Corsica (2A)
8 days, 7 nights, 6 days horse riding
Horse riding insurance or FFE license (register your French FFE license with Caval&go)
4 to 10 riders
MEALS & ACCOMMODATION
For this trek in the great outdoors, you will be able to appreciate the welcoming and comfortable gîtes, bungalows and farm lodges for most nights. General accommodation in dormitories – individual rooms not possible.
One night at a bivouac with tents and sleeping pads for night 6.
For lunch, the picnic will be transported in saddlebags or brought by the support vehicle. Salad, cold meats, bread, cheese and wine will be laid out on a picnic blanket for a simple but hearty meal, often followed by a nap in the shade.
In the evening we will have dinner with our hosts in a warm and convivial atmosphere. The meals will allow you discover the generous Corsican cuisine and some of the local tipples.
Luggage is restricted to 20kg/person maximum and must be suitable for the changes of weather than can occur in the mountains. Bring some warm clothes and a weather-proof jacket.
For the duration of the trek you will be accompanied by your horse riding guide who knows these mountains and horses perfectly. A support vehicle will meet the riders every evening with their luggage and camping material when we stay at the bivouac, and sometimes will bring the food for lunch break.
Corsica has a particularly pleasant Mediterranean climate with very hot summers and mild winters.
In the Corsican mountains, between 600-1200m, there is a Mediterranean climate at altitude. There, the average annual temperature is 10°. Summers are hot and sunny but there are harsh winters with temperatures below zero. Rainfall is high, with between 800-1500mm a year.
In general, the island has an average of 2700 hours of sunshine per year, and average temperatures of above 25° from June to September and 20° from March to October.
Inland, there can be brief but violent storms, especially at the end of summer (September-October). Despite this, rain is very rare: less than 50 days of rain a year!
Some days there can be very strong winds, the libeccio – a dry and hot south westerly wind, and the mistral, which is more violent.
Option of extending your stay, before or after the trek, for one or several days to discover the many facets of the Island of Beauty.
Beaches, boats, road trips, visits – we can help you create a tailor-made programme. Contact us!
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