Gites d'Etape

patsy

Posted: Sat, Mar 30, 2019, 16:07

Hi fellow hikers

We've done several of the long distance paths on Corsica over the last 6 years, except the GR20, but have had a two and a half year break since the last one, the Tra Mare e Monti. This year it'll be the Sentier de la Transhumance and then on to Corte by the Mare a Mare Nord, but I'm not finding it easy to book gites this time round. Several have booked us in but aren't doing food - is this a change of policy that is general? Usually we just book the whole way along a path and find they all cater for demi-pension. Any advice gratefully received!

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Patsy



SQFP

Posted: Sat, Mar 30, 2019, 19:57

Afaik the various gites (and the two refuges) along the way all provide dinner and breakfast.
If you provide some details about the dates, expected stages, and places where you intend to sleep, it could be easier to help you ;)

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Geologist in Corsica



patsy

Posted: Sat, Mar 30, 2019, 20:16

Hi SQFP

Thank you for your answer. We've had 3 gites accept our booking for beds but not demi-pension. I've tried to book everywhere we will be stopping but not everyone has replied yet. One refuge hasn't yet got a guardien for this summer.

Patsy

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Patsy



SQFP

Posted: Sat, Mar 30, 2019, 23:08

It depends on which month you'll go there, and at which accommodation you'll stay. Without much info, it's hard to help you :)

Afaik the Gîte L'Alzelli in Tuarelli also sells snacks/sandwiches/pizzas, and breakfast as well (after 8am). The same applies to the nearby Gîte Funtana in Mansu, which is actually a full-fledged restaurant.

The refuge at Pùscaghja is still unstaffed but will very likely sell snacks, dinner and breakfast just like every other official refuge. Just make sure you arrive before 5pm so the staff has time enough to cook something for you ;)

There are several gîtes, lodges, hotels and other accommodation between Albertacce and Calacuccia, I'm sure some of them also offer demi-pension.

The communal dormitory in Corscia is a mixed bag : depending on the time of the year it's either closed or difficult to book, and there's neither restaurant nor shop in the village (although you can sometimes order some meals in advance for groups).

The refuge at Sega - staffed roughly May-October - sells snacks, drinks, dinner and breakfast as every other official refuge.

edit: some document from 2 years ago, featuring contact info

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Geologist in Corsica



patsy

Posted: Sun, Mar 31, 2019, 7:18

Hi SQFP

Thank you again for your help. So far, we've not heard from Albertacce, Calenzana and Bonifatu, and Corte, Corscia and A Sega have not allowed us to book for food. Only Tuarelli has responded with food. We're going in June. The only places we have previously stayed are Albertacce and A Sega. Some of the places are confusing - the website for Corscia definitely mentions a restaurant. We're hoping not to carry too much in the way of food as we're at the top end age-wise although the walk is totally OK we could do with just lighter bags. We've walked on Corsica many times and things tend to work out. Our route is from Calenzana and covers the Sentier de la Transhumance with A Sega and Corte on the end.

Patsy

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Patsy



Gaffr

Posted: Mon, Apr 1, 2019, 13:05

Hello,
The places where are you are having a problem with bookings etc....Albertacce, Calenzana...biggish villages and at Bonifatu several options with accommodation and with a restaurant so there would always be available food and a bed there.
You probably already know that we always travel with a tent and stove etc. so we are never stuck for staying alive.
At Albertacce we had a bed in the hostel and bought some food to cook from the wee shop further up the village.
Calenzana has the gite but it is usually overwhelmed by the comings and goings of the GR20 folks but there is other accommodation in the village and Restaurants for food.
Bonifatu has the gite part, restaurant and has now a few wooden chalets for hire as well as a few pitches for tents above the Chalets.
Just a thought for reaching Bonifatu….as we did for the Mare e Monti...we arrived in Calenzana in the morning....leaves you enough time to walk out to Bonifatu. Eliminates the need for a overnight in Calenzana.

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Gaffr



patsy

Posted: Mon, Apr 1, 2019, 14:10

Hi Gaffr

You are so good on this forum - you've answered every query we've ever had!

With Calenzana, Bonifatu and Albertacce, we'll just wait until the start of the walking season and then look elsewhere if nothing comes back from these gites. We never got a reply from Albertacce in September 2016 either but turned up and they had room.

We will have a small tent with us as will be using that by the coast at the end of the holiday. Would prefer not to carry much food etc though we did have a minute cooker last year in the Alps.

Thanks for the idea about Calenzana - we'll be getting the morning train from Bastia and then go out to Calenzana so no alternative to staying there overnight! Dependant on Air Corsica this year.

Thank you again for your answer.

Patsy

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Patsy