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Day 6 – Sentier des Douaniers – from Macinaggio to Barcaggio

Barcaggio Beach

Sleeping long and having late breakfast on the terrace, that’s how our day starts. Not sure how to fill the day, we decide to have a stroll to the tourist office. We had seen something about a boat trip along the coast the other day with either return by boat or walking back. This could be something for us. The tourist office can’t tell us much and their English is very limited but they are able to tell us where the tickets are sold – in the harbour, where the boat departs. The next boat leaves at 2pm which gives us time to go back, chill out, pack up and come back in time 🙂

Male Gypsy Moth chilling with us on the terrace
Male Gypsy Moth chilling with us on the terrace

Ready to go and with plenty of water we board at just before 2pm. The boat trip to Barcaggio will take about an hour and the we are planning to walk back to Macinaggio. According to the Rother Walking Guide this will take 3-4 hours (ca. 13km) but since this is not the first walk from the guide that we do, we have the sneaking suspicion that the walk will take us a bit longer…

The boat trip goes along the coast and we get to see the coastline from a completely different perspective than we have before and than we will on our way back. The captain gives explanations and tells stories (French and English) about landscape, landmarks and significant buildings on the way.

An hour later we arrive in Barcaggio. Barcaggio is a small village that seems to live from tourism and maybe some fishing. We have a long walk ahead and don’t stop in Barcaggio for exploring. We leave the harbour and continue walking on the beach. At the end of the beach the path heads up a hill and on over some cliffs with only shrubs and very little shade.

Soon we reach the first tower and a few more on the way. The path is not always easy and has quite some altitude at times but we are rewarded with wonderful views and landscape.

You can find more pictures and descriptions of the Sentier des Douaniers in my post Day 2 – Sentier des Douaniers (Macinaggio – Santa Maria). We did half the walk earlier this week and I didn’t want to repeat every thing.

Remember what I said at the beginning? About our sneaking suspicion? Yes, it took a bit longer… Not to worry because we enjoyed it but half the way, there is very little shade and no opportunity to stop for a drink. So again, make sure you take plenty of water with you. Even though we tried to avoid the hottest time of the day by taking the later boat, it was hot. Even I say it was hot and I mean it. Sweaty, dusty and exhausted as we are we stop by at La Galere to have some dinner before finally going home.

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