The GR20, "The most difficult path in Europe", is how it is described.
This long-distance footpath which crosses Corsica from north to south, is a demanding course, but one that offers those who tame it the pride of surpassing themselves and the memory of absolutely fantastic landscapes.
The 180 km that make up the GR20 now offer great possibilities for routes and make a circuit with breathtaking views.
The diverse flora and fauna, the meetings with the shepherds but also the hiker coming from New Zealand, Finland, Brazil or elsewhere are all magical moments that will leave you with unforgettable memories.
Some of our favourite trips
There is no permit required to access the GR20 trail area.
For nationals outside Europe, the conditions are the same in Corsica as in France to be able to visit the country.
A “Schengen Area” visa may be required depending on your nationality. Then apply for a uniform Schengen visa to gain access to the whole European territory including France and Corsica.
You can reach Corsica by plane or boat.
Thanks to new low-cost airlines, such as Hop !, Easyjet or Volotea, Corsica is now accessible from several major cities in France in less than 1.5 hours.
To be as close as possible to the departure of the GR20, we advise you to go to Calvi (for the North) and Figari (for the South).
If possible, it is also wise to choose two different airports in Corsica for your GR20: if you start your hike in Calenzana, it is best to land in Calvi or Bastia. When you finish your hike in Conca, you should then choose Figari or Ajaccio airport.
The most common flights remain those to Ajaccio and Bastia, served all year round by Air Corsica and Air France.
Several shipping companies offer ferry crossings from Toulon, Marseille or Nice, the boat being one of the cheapest means of transport to get to the island.
Between April and September, several shuttles per day serve the various ports of Corsica (Bastia, Île-Rousse, Ajaccio, Bonifacio, Porto-Vecchio, Propriano).
If you would like information on ferry crossings, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Once in Corsica
The road and rail network. If you want to go to Calenzana, Bavella (only by road, no train) or Vizzavona
The best time to go for the GR20 is from the end of May to the beginning of October. Please note that the months of July and August can be very hot.
Average temperatures (Ajaccio) source www.climatsetvoyages.com
Average rainfall (Ajaccio) source www.climatsetvoyages.com
You can sleep in a refuge or in a bivouac in facilities established on the course, but you can also stay in accommodation close to the path (hotel, gîte, sheepfold).
You will find, for example, hotels in Asco or Vizzavone resorts, stopover lodgings near the huts or even sheepfolds on the GR20...
Nowdays, the GR20 is no longer what it was at the beginning, food supply points are not uncommon.
It is also possible to take meals in all the GR20 shelters: breakfast, lunch or dinner!
You may wish to do the GR20 in total autonomy, but you will have to take your own food, and allow time for cooking.
Money and Budget:
As in all European Union, the euro is the official currency in Corsica and France.
Warning: It is very likely that use of credit card might impossible in the heart of the mountains. Please make sure you carry some cash with you during your GR20 trip to avoid disappointment.
A local bottle beer is around 3.00 €, a loaf of bread (baguette) 1.00 € (2019).
For a unique experience:
To make the most of your trip, a personal local guide will ensure your hike runs smoothly.
Your guide's experience of the Corsican mountain is a guarantee of personal advice during your trip.
Your private guide will make sure you enjoy absolute tranquility in the busiest spots of the route. Your guide will also tell you about local fauna and flora.
We can arrange a private guide for your GR20 trip. If you wish to do the GR20 just by your own, we strongly suggest you take this option. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more details.