Recommended Plan for Food?

june_2019_hiker

Posted: Thu, Apr 11, 2019, 0:48

I am planning to fly directly in to Figari airport and begin the two-week GR20 at the Southern Terminus in Conza. I think it makes sense to try and buy a week's worth of food (a large amount of couscous, oats, nuts, cheese, bread, etc.) at two points: 1) a grocery store in Porto Vecchio and 2) a midway point? Vizzavona?

Is there a preferred place to buy food near the Southern terminus or near Vizzavona? I will bring cash to spend at the refuges for small things, but I'd like to keep this to a minimum.

Thanks in advance!



Gaffr

Posted: Thu, Apr 11, 2019, 6:40

Hello,
Perhaps a bit less choice available during the GR20 for vegetarian? folks.
In Porto Vecchio I have been to a supermarket there where the choice is very reasonable.
Most of the items that you mention are more likely to be available in the overnight places in between the refuges although at the Usciolu wee shop there is a wider choice.
The in between places at Col Verdi where I bought dried fruit, wider choice at Capanelle, Col Vergio, Haut Ascu shop....all in between, apart from Ascu, the PNRC refuges.
There is also the opportunity at Vizzavona to take the wee train to either Corte or to Ajaccio where there are many shops.
I take it that are travelling in June when most of the supply areas should be up and running.

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Gaffr



june_2019_hiker

Posted: Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 0:37

Yes, that's correct -- I will be traveling in June. Thank you for the detailed answer! And no, I am not a vegetarian :)

Sounds like I have a lot of feasible options, so I am not too worried about food or water. This forum is very helpful!



Michele
moderator

Posted: Mon, Apr 15, 2019, 13:32

Gaffr, don't forget to mention the new shop in Vizzavona. It's next to the camping and it's called L'Alzarella (plenty of food).



Gaffr

Posted: Tue, Apr 16, 2019, 8:43

Thanks for that Michele....I didn't know of that facility.
By the way do you know anything of the wee shop in Bavella. When first arrived there in 2007 it was offering a range of foodstuff....when I arrived in 2013 it was closed up?

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Gaffr



Michele
moderator

Posted: Tue, Apr 16, 2019, 11:03

When I went throug Bavella last year I don't remember having seeing it. But there sure are other shops around for food to buy.

--Michele

PS Look at these pictures to get to know better the shop in Vizzavona:
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Gaffr

Posted: Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 7:16

Thanks for the images Michele.....this looks like a very welcome addition to the supplies available en-route. I thought that the wee shop on the road side of the station had a reasonable range of products when I was there but this one looks as if it is in a different league.
Trying to place the location of this. On the other side of the railway tracks?
I am one who didn't stay in the camping place in Vizzavona.

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Gaffr



Michele
moderator

Posted: Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 22:16

The location is next to the camping. Please look at this:

https://www.instantstreetview.com/@42.127828,9.133123,303.57h,-10.61p,1z

The white old building you see (you may zoom in) has been completely renovated; now it accomodates the camping reception, the shop and, next to it, a dormitory with 14 bunk beds.

www.alzarella.com



annaou

Posted: Sat, Apr 27, 2019, 16:09

Hi folks,
Does anyone have a comment regarding food supplies at refuges up north? We plan to only carry “emergency” snacks for a day, and get meals and one day worth of take-out lunch supplies at refuges. I understand that it’s possible that a refuge may not have enough supplies for hot dinners and breakfasts for everyone... We are prepared to eat anything that the refuge has in stock (short of live lizards:). But has anyone ever heard of a situation when a refuge were to run out of ANY food at all?

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Annaou



Michele
moderator

Posted: Sat, Apr 27, 2019, 19:15

Annaou, as far as I know I never heard of refuges running out of supplies. But of course I'd like to hear other opinions on the matter.



annaou

Posted: Sat, Apr 27, 2019, 22:45

Thank you, Michele, much appreciated!

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Annaou



urvies

Posted: Tue, Apr 30, 2019, 0:15

do you know if refuges have vegetarian/eggs as options for dinner or breakfast?

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Urvi



annaou

Posted: Tue, Apr 30, 2019, 0:34

My encounters with food at refuges was very basic and local. They served things like pasta with beef mixed into it, bread, some local salami and cheese; for breakfast coffee with milk, bread with more salami and cheese, and marmalade. They sell canned pasta, canned fish, pate, crackers, local salami, cheese... I haven’t seen eggs, no. But bergeries serve eggs, one had enormous omelet, with 6 eggs, for one person!

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Annaou



riegelhb

Posted: Fri, Jun 28, 2019, 16:45

Hi all,

Can anyone comment on the prices in the resupply stores? For example, some bread, salami, or cheese, are there price points? (+/- of course)

Thank you



SQFP

Posted: Fri, Jun 28, 2019, 17:10

The price and variety of supplies (food, items, meals) are unregulated at the various refuges, gîtes, hotels etc.

Example of prices here (Refuge PNRC de la Sega):
https://www.refuges.info/photos_points/27384-originale.jpeg

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Geologist in Corsica



GRRR 20

Posted: Sun, Jun 30, 2019, 17:55

In the days when the refuges didn't sell food, I carried everything. I didn't enjoy carrying all that weight. I didn't enjoy being in a long line of hungry people waiting for my time at the communal stoves.

Ever since the refuges started selling meals and food, I have carried NOTHING and enjoyed going lightweight. I really don't care whether the meals are good or bad, or whether they sell a good range of flood or a very limited choice. All I care about is carrying nothing, eating until I'm full, and if the food isn't great at one refuge, then maybe it will be better at the next one. I'm quite happy to pay quite a bit extra for someone else to carry all my food into the mountains and cook it for me. It leaves me free to travel lightweight and get more enjoyment out of the trail.

Some of the people who sell food on or near the GR20 are great. I have been given things like bread, cheese and fruit and they wouldn't take a cent from me in payment.



GRRR 20

Posted: Sun, Jun 30, 2019, 18:04

SQFP - I have only been to Sega once and it was almost a disaster. I flew from the UK to Bastia, hitch-hiked slowly to Corte and started walking in the afternoon. My big mistake was that I hadn't altered the time by one hour, and I ran out of daylight one hour before reaching Sega. It's actually very, very difficult walking in the dark in a Corsican forest and the paths don't look as obvious as they do in daylight. When I got to the refuge everyone was going to bed, but the guardian just asked if I wanted a meal, and when I said yes, he told me to grab a shower while he prepared it. I really wasn't expecting that level of service and I was very grateful for it. I have no idea what I ate - I just ate everything that was put in front of me.



SwissMountainLeader

Posted: Sun, Jun 30, 2019, 18:17

I'd be interested when the photo from the Sega was taken? The operation has altered over the last couple of years.

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SwissMountainLeader - Leysin, CH



SwissMountainLeader

Posted: Sun, Jun 30, 2019, 18:17

I'd be interested when the photo from the Sega was taken? The operation has altered over the last couple of years.

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SwissMountainLeader - Leysin, CH



SQFP

Posted: Sun, Jun 30, 2019, 18:39

Photo from last July (2018) (just google for "refuge sega", you'll find this photo on refuges.info).
It's operated exactly the same this year, and by the very same team of ladies. ;)

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Geologist in Corsica



SwissMountainLeader

Posted: Sun, Jun 30, 2019, 18:54

Thanks, that's useful information. That's basically the new arrangement, the previous year was a changeover from the old guardian. Naturally no-one answers a phone to ask. I have a group there next week.

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SwissMountainLeader - Leysin, CH



riegelhb

Posted: Mon, Jul 1, 2019, 8:09

Hi everyone, thank you for the response! Sorry I am getting confused by the use of "meal" and then "food". I just am speaking of resupplying, not buying my meals at the refuge. The photos of the menus are not the meals you can buy? Or is it one in the same. I like the idea of going food free as well but, my wallet not so much aha.

Thanks!



SQFP

Posted: Mon, Jul 1, 2019, 9:48

I posted the whole pic, but obviously "Diner" and "Petit Dejeuner" (dinner and breakfast) are meals.

Everything else is food, that is: edible things you can buy then take away (except "cartes postales", which are postcards, unless you have a taste for it too)

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Geologist in Corsica



SwissMountainLeader

Posted: Tue, Jul 2, 2019, 16:18

In case it's of interest for anyone else... At the Sega it's possible to buy meals if you order by 1730-1800, we finally got in touch with them.

The reason there's a question about that is the guardian arrangements have altered and for 2017 there was no prepared food. It wasn't clear if it had stabilised or not. It's not on the main route so it's maybe not interesting for everyone.

Thanks for the photo!

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SwissMountainLeader - Leysin, CH