Travel from Bastia to Calenzana

hatemsadik

Posted: Tue, Aug 26, 2014, 21:04

Hello All

I'd really appreciate your help with this problem we have:

We arrive in Bastia @ 17.45 on Thursday 11th September (via ferry from Nice).

Does anyone know of a way that would get us to Calenzana in the evening of the 11th or the morning of 12th so that we can complete the first stage of the trek on Friday 12th.

The only routes we have found will force us to stay a night in Bastia and then a night in Calenzana as well, which means we will have to start the trek on the morning of Saturday 13th:

Bastia to Calvi:
Bus (leaves at 16.30 on thursdays + 17.00 on fridays, both take 2hrs) or train (leaves 9.25 or 16.54, takes 3hrs20min).

Calvi to Calenzana:
Half an hour bus which only leaves at 15.30 or a 8km walk.

Thanks in advance for your time

Hatem



Turnertactics
moderator

Posted: Wed, Aug 27, 2014, 6:47

Hatem

Your only other options are a taxi all the way from Bastia to Calenzana or hire a car and drop it off at Calvi airport.

If you take the train on the 12th, you would get into Calvi at 12:47. If you get a taxi to Calenzana, you should get there at around 1:30. As the first stage takes about 6h 30, you could just go straight onto the GR20 and hope to get to the refuge by about 8pm.

This is possible but not ideal as the first stage is quite punishing. On my first trip on the GR20, I set off from Calenzana at 3pm on a blisteringly hot August afternoon (we hired a car and dropped it of at Calvi airport) but soon ran out of water and energy and had a forced camp about an hour before the refuge.

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Alan



hatemsadik

Posted: Wed, Aug 27, 2014, 9:37

Thanks very much for your reply.

We will consider setting off at 1.30pm. Do you remember how much roughly it costs to hire a car in bastia or to get a taxi from bastia to calvi?

Hatem



Turnertactics
moderator

Posted: Wed, Aug 27, 2014, 10:41

Hatem

I think it was about £100 in 2010. It's quite a bit more expensive dropping off at a different location.

Alan

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Alan



AshleyGame

Posted: Wed, Sep 3, 2014, 16:18

Hatem, the option we took was spend the night in Bastia; then, bus to Calvi. Then, cab to Bonifatu (Foret) from Calvi (44 euors, but we shared with a chap we met at the station). This means you don't waste a day, and can be at the first Refuge at the end of day 2. From Bonifatu, you can then follow a yellow route to the first refuge, which takes approx. 3.5 hours. If this sounds like cheating! be assured you don't miss a single metre of the climb: still a mile straight!! Bonifatu is half way along Paddy's low level route. PS, there's plenty of extra miles you can do along the route to catch up.....



Gaffr

Posted: Wed, Sep 3, 2014, 16:01

Hello,
Of course you can, from Bonifatu, reach both d'Ortu di u Piobbu or Carozzu refuges.
Yes the alternative route to the first refuge is a good option...the path is good giving a easier first day on the trail. PD's option begins at Calinzana, the first stage of the Mare e Monti route. We found that this section, Calinzana to Bonifatu, to be the least interesting of the stages on that route.
Calinzana-Bonifatu-Piobbu would probably be a harder day, more kls., than than Calinzana direct to Piobbu.

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Gaffr



hatemsadik

Posted: Thu, Sep 4, 2014, 16:33

Thanks Ashley + Gaffr, really appreciate it!