Coastal Hikes – Insiders Guide to Corsica

Once you arrive in Corsica, you soon become aware of how utterly spoilt for choice you are.Whether you love the ocean, mountains, coastal drives, water sports or horse riding; the island has it all. When out at sea it appears to be a white city, gleaming in the sun, hovering above rough waters below.

When collaborating with Lara and Destination Namaste you cannot compare there wealth of knowledge and passion for the island. Besides knowing all the popular tourist destinations and activities, the team at Destination Namaste can share the more hidden treasures with like minded people during your upcoming retreats. Their knowledge encourages a sense of sharing yet preserving the island so close to their heart.

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During a hike with Theresa and her students, everyone commented on how at home they felt. The fauna on the island is so similar to many a trail in the Cape, South-Africa. Even the sudden drop in the wind was a familiar trait of the Cape. Along the pathways you won’t be able to avoid stopping regularly to take photo’s of the breath taking scenery. Not too mention the adventure of selecting one of the many beaches, completely isolated for swimming.

The hiking trails are not difficult. A little bit of clambering over rocks and boulders, sheltered from the wind and not too steep a climb at any stage. The constant stopping and starting to take pictures allows for regular breaks. Overall it will take a moderate level of effort and fitness.

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En route to your private swimming bay you will no doubt notice a pile of rocks, as you approach more and more stacks of stones became apparent. Lara is able to explain that these are man made formations are called cairns. A word from Scottish Gaelic derivative. These piles are placed by hikers to act as a ‘roadmap’ along the pathway.

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En route to your private swimming bay you will no doubt notice a pile of rocks, as you approach more and more stacks of stones became apparent. Lara is able to explain that these are man made formations are called cairns. A word from Scottish Gaelic derivative. These piles are placed by hikers to act as a ‘roadmap’ along the pathway.

Now a tradition during hikes with Destination Namaste, each person stops to take time out to build their own cairn.

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While building small cairn it marks your presence on the island and allows each student to set an intention for their future paths. Some people mock this mini ritual but when you reflect on the experience, you will feel very happy and reassured thinking of your cairn looking out across the tranquil bay.

Around each corner, more and more picture perfect beaches in exquisite splendour appear. The team at Destination Namaste know just how to find these hidden gems. Still, clear, turquoise waters, shallow enough to walk far out into the horizon. Spotless, pristine and unspoilt. Paradise.

DSCN1317Somehow conversation dissolves, your breathing settles, your shoulders drop and you come to find yourself exactly in that very moment. Content and in awe of your surroundings. You can expect to enjoy ample time in and out of the water, soaking up some sunshine. Once it is time to pack up and head back to the car you can expect a pleasant walk up to the car. Nothing too steep and once again spoilt with panoramic sea views.

A perfect afternoon, great company, sun, sea and scenery!

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Article : Destination Namaste

 

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