After my little reconnaissance hike to Pietrabugno, I decided to do a longer walk through the mountain villages surrounding Bastia. I promised to do a little more detailed description for the http://corsica.forhikers.com/ site, so this post contains some information for anyone who would like to try the hike.
- Distance: 22 kilometres
- Ascent: around 600 metres (highest point 400 metres)
- Time needed: 5-6 hours
- Difficulty: easy, surfaced road
- Possible to buy food and beverages half-way at San Martino-di-Lota
- Variants: alternate ways to Ville-di-Pietrabugno, shortcut to Pietranera
The hike starts by walking up to Ville-di-Pietrabugno, which is a 3-4 kilometer walk depending on the chosen road. There are signs to Pietrabugno on Avenue Jean Zuccharelli, which runs in a westerly direction from the harbour. From Pietrabugno onwards, you only have to follow the D31 until Miomo. After that you can take the coast road back to Bastia.
The mountain roads aren’t that trafficed, there might be a car every ten minutes. The coast road to Bastia has quite a lot of traffic.
The road continues upwards after Ville-Di-Pietrabugno (6 km)
View over Bastia (6 km)
Arriving to San Martino di Lota (9 km). In this village there is a hotel and restaurants. It was great to get cold water, since the temperature was close to 35 degrees.
During the hike, there were great views over the surrounding mountains and villages.
Besides slogans for Corsican independence, you can find roadsigns that have been used for shotgun target practise.
Down in Miomo (17 km), there is a small beach and an old Genoan watchtower. I would so have liked to go swimming, but hadn’t any swimwear with me…