Campsites at each end of the route

matthieu.marshall

Posted: Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 19:13

Hello,
Does anyone recommend or know if there are any good campsites at each end of the GR20, in Calenzana and Conca.

Also, can anyone recommend a method for getting from Calvi airport to Calenzana and equally for getting from Conca to Figari airport?

Many thanks



Gaffr

Posted: Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 19:26

Calenzana has reasonable camping at the Gite/refuge place....haven't noticed any other camping in Calenzana.
At the other end Conca there is camping on wee terraces at the back of La Tonnelle Gite/restaurant.
Or if you get down from La Tonnelle, they have a navette to reach Sainte Lucie de Porto Vecchio, there is a fine camping place nearby,Pinarellu, with pool/restaurant and it is a short walk to the beach.

Taxi to Calenzana to from Calvi airport. I think there is a bus service from P.V. to Figari.

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Gaffr



Doreen

Posted: Sun, Aug 27, 2017, 13:49

Hello Matthieu,
Next to Taking buses and a taxi once we also hitchhiked several stretches in Corsica and it worked out just fine. Generally we waited for about 10min till someone stoped for us. Once, when walking to Bastia airport from Casamozza, a guy even offered a lift without us hitchhiking. Unfortunately we both don't speak french, but nonetheless people were very friendly and interested (it was only French people working on the island and Corsican locals stopping, and all of them in very modest cars - none of the tourists stopped).



matthieu.marshall

Posted: Mon, Sep 4, 2017, 9:47

Gaffr - Thanks for that, I might try and walk from the airport as I arrive early and it doesn't look too far.
I think I'll camp at Calenzana and at the other end the campsite at Sainte Lucie de Porto Vecchio sounds like a nice place to finish the walk!

Doreen - I haven't had any experience of hitchhiking, so I may give it a miss, but if I am really in need I'll give it a try. I do speak French though, so that helps.

I have 2 weeks to go, I'm more confident about that now and generally hoping that the guidebook will help me through the rest of it!



sonja

Posted: Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 10:01

Hi Matthieu. Did you end up walking from Calvi to Calenzana and how long did it take? Thanks



matthieu.marshall

Posted: Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 10:10

Hello, I walked from the Camping Paradella outside Calvi to Calenzana in about 2 hours. I left early in the morning and was able to walk on to the campsite at the end of the first stage.
I hope that answers your question



sonja

Posted: Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 10:42

Hello and thank you for replying so quickly. How did you get from the airport to Camping Paradella? Do you know if they sell gas cylinders there? This sounds like a good option for us to do aswell



matthieu.marshall

Posted: Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 10:46

Hello, I walked from the airport to the campsite, that really is not far!
I can't remember, but doubt camping paradella sell gas cylinders. I would think they sell them in Calenzana, although don't hold me to that.
Every association refuge provides gas for you to cook on, even when camping.



sonja

Posted: Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 10:57

This is really helpful- thank you



Gaffr

Posted: Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 12:34

Hello,
Camping gas is available at the Spar store in Calinzana.....a short walk up from the Calinzana Gite/Camping.

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Gaffr



sonja

Posted: Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 12:42

Will the Spar shop be open on sundays?



Gaffr

Posted: Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 16:51

I think that it opens for a short period on Sunday....although I haven't been in Calinzana on a Sunday.
Does all of the 'arrival thing' happen for you on a Sunday...if so I would try to find a small store/filling station in Calvi perhaps to purchase a gas cylinder....not aware of the large stores/Supermarche being open on Sunday.

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Gaffr



sonja

Posted: Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 16:59

Yes, we arriving Calvi at 10am and will then probably get a taxi to Calinzana. Maybe the taxi driver could take us to buy gas on the way



Steve Dan

Posted: Sun, Apr 8, 2018, 18:03

Hi Sonja.
The last time I was actually in Calenzana was 2015, before walking the Tra Mare e Monti Nord. Back then the Spar in Calenzana closed at 12.30 on Sundays. Lacking gas, I simply used the burners in the gite to create my cuisine and picked up my gas on Monday morning.
Having just looked at the Calenzana Spar website it now gives opening hours of 8am-7.30m on Sunday. Either way, you should be o.k for cooking up a meal.



sonja

Posted: Sun, Apr 8, 2018, 19:38

Hi Steve. Thank you for this. It would be great if they are open all day sunday. But even if they close at 12.30, we should hopefully be there in time as our flight gets in at 10am. Thanks again



Steve Dan

Posted: Mon, Apr 9, 2018, 5:47

Sonja.
Just to add, they didn't have a big selection of gas types. From memory, just Camping Gaz screw on and pierceable, and also a Coleman type.
Steve.



Michele
moderator

Posted: Mon, Apr 9, 2018, 6:29

Steve, isn't Camping Gaz only "click on"? If I remember correctly there shouldn't be any screw on the Camping Gaz canisters, am I right?

--Michele



Gaffr

Posted: Mon, Apr 9, 2018, 8:34

You are right Michele. I took my Coleman alpine system to the Mercantour and could not locate any of the screw on cans. I had to Purchase a click-on stove that takes only the Camping gas Cans ( new system to me) to enable us to have something to cook with. Trust the French to have a removable camping gas can system that is completely different from the rest of the world.
As for the Spar shop and at other locations on the GR20 in 2013 both the Coleman and the pierceable French cans were available.....but that was probably before the 'click-ons' had been invented.:-)

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Gaffr



Steve Dan

Posted: Mon, Apr 9, 2018, 8:51

Yes guys, click on is correct. Bad description on my part.
Steve.



sonja

Posted: Mon, Apr 9, 2018, 13:43

I use the screw on type. Do you think I will be able to get them? Thanks



Michele
moderator

Posted: Mon, Apr 9, 2018, 13:59

Yes Sonja I've seen them on sale. But I strongly recommend you also get yourself an adapter like the one at the link here
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bombola-Connettore-Trasferimento-Adattatore-Cam...

to be able to use your (screw on) stove on click on canisters.

--Michele



sonja

Posted: Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 7:42

Hi Michele. Would this adaptor mean I can use my pocket rocket stove with a different type of gas canister that the screw on type?



Michele
moderator

Posted: Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 7:44

Yes Sonja. I bought it too because it's very convenient to have. It's small and lightweight and it interfaces between the click-on canisters and the screw-on stove. So no need to buy a second stove.



sonja

Posted: Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 9:17

That's brilliant Michele- I will order one now