Mare a Mare Nord

Trail specs

Distance (mi.) Stages Elevation Gain Best Time Difficulty
86
10
6050

May - Okt

  

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Trail description

The most famous trail in Corsica – and perhaps the most iconic of whole Europe – is the GR20. And although the latter is absolutely worthwhile, the Mare a Mare Nord also deserves a good word. Especially when you prefer to avoid the bustle of the GR20, the Mare a Mare Nord is an excellent alternative. In addition, the route is a lot less technical and also physically it requires a lot less of you than the GR20 will do.

The Mare a Mare Nord stretches from east to west between the villages Moriani and Cargèse. There is also a variant of the regular Mare a Mare Nord. This variant splits from the main route around Corte to rejoin it again after a wide southbound curve. In total, the variant is one stage longer than the regular route.

We ourselves followed the main route when we hiked the Mare a Mare Nord. Click here to read our travel report, to view our aftermovie and to discover our photo album.

Although the Mare a Mare Nord is indeed a lot easier than the GR20, the climbs are not to be underestimated. Fortunately you come every day through a village to replenish your energy supplies. Overnight stays can usually also be booked in these villages. But we were fine just with our tent.

What is perhaps even the best thing about this route is that the Mare a Mare Nord allows you to discover the real Corsica. Although you will never meet many other hikers, you will always be accompanied by wild pigs or grazing cows. Passing through godforsaken little villages, you step into one fairytale forest after another. From sturdy oaks that carry age-old wisdom in their crowns, you swing to bony trees that hide behind thick layers of fog. Together with the lizards you can sunbathe on the flat boulders next to the path and enjoy the innumerable views that make you forget the effort of every climb – time and again – in a flash.

After having hiked the GR20 many years before, I had already become a fan of Corsica. But after the Mare a Mare Nord I really fell in love with this isle. No eulogy can contain enough praise to recommend this route sufficiently. But a eulogy is actually unnecessary. You just have to come and discover this for yourself.

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