|Network and fleet info|
Air Corsica flies to four airports on the island. Our goal was to explore the northern part of the island, and we booked Nice-Bastia already in late January. The cheapest fare on their web site was 188€ per person for this short hop. But hey, it was also our first flight with their “national” carrier! The car cost us 200 € from Monday to Friday.
|They lost the match against PSG but came back as heroes|
Our preparations also included the 2004 Jean Reno comedy L’enquête Corse where the main message seemed to be: Enjoy the stunning nature and views but don’t ask too many questions.
The excellent guidebook “Corsica: The finest coastal and mountain walks” describes 75 walks on the island –all grades.
Our trip comprised a visit to Bastia, then driving north around Cap Corse where hotels had been booked in small towns. In spite of being part of France and located just 200km or so from the mainland, the scenery is so different! Cap Corse has a stunning nature combined with a very laid-back and friendly atmosphere. But unfortunately one can see poverty, unemployment and young people leaving the villages. In April the tourist flocks have not yet arrived, and many of the hotels have just opened. On the other hand, the weather can be unstable and the high terrain in central Corsica is still covered with snow.
|Welcome on board|
|Boarding XK 201|
ATR 72 500 F-GRPZ
Serial number 745
First flight date 14/03/2007
Test registration F-WWEF
Plane age 8.1 years
Seat configuration Y70
Aircraft data from www.airfleets.net
Flight: XK 201 NCE – BIA April 13, 2015
Scheduled 09.10-09.55 Airborne 09.20 landed 09.53
Load factor: 100 % (own estimate) all Y configuration
Departure RWY 04R
Landing RWY 16
The flight was smooth in CAVOK albeit a bit hazy weather. Soft drinks and biscuits were served. The windows were too dirty and scratchy for taking any decent pictures as you can see.
|Right turn after take off from NCE|
|Arrival at BIA|
|Maintenance team ready|
We did two hikes, one strenuous and one easy coastal walk:
Ascent to Monte Stello (1307 m) in central Cap Corse: A popular panoramic peak, the ascent is easy but long starting from the hamlet of Pozzo. Total elevation gain was just under 1100 m, duration 6 hours (walking time).
Then a short part of the coastal trail called the Sentier des Douaniers (customs officers’ path) in the northernmost tip of Cap Corse, from Barcaggio to Tollare and back (1h 30). This section of the trail is considered the most picturesque by many.
This also happens to be my first trip report on airliners.net. We will certainly return to the island of beauty – maybe to the southern part next time!
|Bastia old harbor|
|Start of the hiking trail to Monte Stello|
|First part of the trail|
|Still 700 m vertical ascent to the summit of Monte Stello|
|Monte Stello summit in sight|
|View to south from the summit of Monte Stello|
|Animals frequently block country roads in Corsica|
|Northern coast of Cap Corse|
|The magnificent coastal trail sentier des douaniers|