Duration: 2 h
Difference in height: + 330 m / - 40 m
Length: 5 km
Attention: no water points available. Go back the same itinerary.
Carbuccia is part of the regional nature park of Corsica, of which this village is considered the gateway. The flora and fauna are protected: biodiversity is one of the island's main treasures. During this excursion, you can see birds of prey, wild boars, wild cats and Hermann's tortoises. The vegetation is also very varied: Carbuccia boasts ancient chestnut trees, centuries-old oaks and giant cork oaks.
After this hike, you should visit the village of Carbuccia: take a look at the church of St James (where you can find the oldest bell in the Gravona valley and the processional statue of St James) and at the chapel of St Anne.
From Ajaccio, take the road N193 and at the last roundabout continue driving towards Bastia. After about ten kilometres, take the junction towards Carbuccia and follow the road panels to reach the village's railway station, where you can park your car.
It is also possible to reach this village by train. The train is an ideal and original way to discover the island: from the hinterland to the coast
The starting point is marked by a panel on the edge of the D129 road. To start your walk, you must go up the road for five hundred metres until you reach an aghja – where the villagers threshed the wheat for the flour. You will see a well-maintained path which turn left and which climbs quite gently until it reaches a bridge which surmounts a small river.
The walk is not over yet: you must leave the watercourse to reach an area where there are a lot of granite boulders and many cork oaks, where you can take a short break to admire the landscape. Then continue along the path on your left and do not hesitate to open the small gate to pass through some beautiful pastures. After a few minutes of walking, you will find another gate that you must open to reach a small valley and to cross a stream thanks to a small bridge. Keep walking to reach the D129 road that you must cross to reach the village of Carbuccia.