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Macinaggio to Bargaggio, customs path, Cap Corse

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At the end of Cap Corse, on the east coast, starting from the village of Macinaggio, a pleasant coastal path leads north to the village of Bargaggio. The route skirts the magnificent beaches and wild cliffs of the Corsican headland, reaching a splendid Genoese tower 2/3 of the way along. The panoramic turquoise-blue waters and small coves along the way are an opportunity to admire the scenery or stop for a swim or two, far from the usual tourist hustle and bustle. Rather than retrace your steps, a small boat will take you back by sea from Bargaggio to the starting point. An easy hike to discover the wild Cap Corse.

Technical summary

Type ✦ Coastal path

Location ✦ Macinaggio, Bargaggio

Region ✦ Cap Corse

Country ✦ France

Length ✦ 13kms

Elevation gain ✦ 300m

Difficulty ✦ F

Duration ✦ 3h to 3h30

Interest ✦ ★★

Access to the place

North of Bastia, take the D80 coastal road up the east coast to Macinaggio. Park at the harbor, near the return boat pier.

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Itinerary description

Hiking to the start 5'

Cross the village from the harbour and you'll soon reach the Plage des Îles, where the customs trail begins (signposted).

Course 3h ou plus selon baignades

Easy, well-marked route from Macinaggio. 300m ascent but nothing difficult.


Walk along the 1st beach, then climb northeast, down to the tamarind beach and on to the ruins of the Santa Maria tower, formerly submerged, and just beyond, the splendid calas Genovese and Francese.


Further on, the path cuts slightly inland with a short climb through the scrubland, before descending towards the sea and overlooking the Genoese tower of Agnellu, which is finally reached via a fairly steep path. Beautiful views of the coast from the south and north. Continue along the coast to quickly reach the beach and the village of Barcaggio.


It is possible to continue along the path to complete the north cape and end up in Centuri (see map).

Back

By hitchhiking or taking the return boat to Macinaggio.

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