If you enjoy just lying by the sea, the beaches are some of the best in the Mediterranean, but Corsica offers a plethora of water and land sports for the enthusiast.
If you prefer activities on dry land there is plenty of alternatives including hiking, mountain biking, quad biking, tennis, horse-riding and climbing.
There are numerous activities available on the island during the summer season – for all ages and interests. If you wish to book an activity, please call them giving at least 24 hours notice or call by the activity centre itself. Most operators now take credit cards, but you should clarify this beforehand and credit card details may be required as a form of deposit, particularly when equipment is being hired. Please also ensure you check the extent of the cover provided by your holiday insurance as certain activities may be specifically excluded.
Some facilities are only available in July/August and may also only be operational between 10h00 and 12h00 and from 16h00 until 20h00.
The region is not particularly renowned for its climbing amenities, many of the climbs are quite technically difficult and require a degree of competence and fitness so should only be attempted by confident climbers. Areas include the Bavella mountain.
Paragliding, parachuting and hang-gliding
A fabulous way to view the stunning scenery! It is advisable to contact the clubs earlier rather than later during your stay if you are interested as places are limited and activities are weather dependant.
Tavaria Aerodrome near Propriano
Tel 06 12 55 65 40
A motorised hang-glider with room for the pilot and one passenger, Vincent offers journeys of about 20 mins.
Valinco Parachute club
Tavaria Aerodrome near Propriano
Tel 04 95 77 19 15 / 06 83 71 60 79
A tandem parachute jump is an incredible way to view the Valinco. You will need a medical certificate from a doctor.
Flights and helicopter trips
A great way to admire the views!
Helile de beauté
Tel 04 95 72 18 63
Tours for up to 5 people lasting from 15 to 70 minutes leaving from Porto Vecchio or Ajaccio.
Tel 04 95 76 09 82
The Airclub offer a 20 min flight, for up to 3 passengers, around the Valinco gulf and also longer circuits taking in Bonifacio, Porto Vecchio and Bavella.
If you have a passion for golf then you must visit the spectacular Golf de Spérone, located on a breathtaking site at the southern tip of Corsica overlooking the Mediterranean, the Bonifacio Strait and the tiny islands of Cavallo and Lavezzi. Corsica has no other 18 hole courses.
Sperone Golf Club
Domaine de Sperone, Bonifacio
Tel. 04 95 73 17 13
A superb course (ranked in the Top 100 in the world!) of 18 holes, designed by the famous golf architect, Robert Trent Jones. Equipment hire and tuition possible. The club also has a bar and restaurant with panoramic views over the straits of Bonifacio to Sardinia. A handicap certificate is required.
Golfe de Porticcio
Tel: 04 95 25 95 05
A 9 hole course.
There are a number of Tennis clubs in the Valinco area, please call to book and take your own equipment.
Club de Propriano
Tel. 04 95 76 13 35
Three lit courts off the Route de Sartene, reservation advised.
Tennis Club de Sartène
Tel. 04 95 77 18 10
Two lit courts.
Club U Farandu
Tel. 04 95 73 41 69
Two courts, a clubhouse and a mini golf.
Mountain Biking and Quad Bikes
Due to Corsica's mountainous terrain, cycling is not an easy option but fairly active and experienced cyclists will find the challenging climbs and winding routes enjoyable.
For those with enough determination and stamina, the views from some of the coastal roads and mountain tracks are breathtaking. Because of the rough terrain, mountain bikes (vélos tous terrains or VTTs) are preferable over other types of bicycles and can be hired in Ajaccio, and Propriano.
The best time for cycling is during mid-season: May - June and September - October, when the weather is slightly cooler and the roads quieter. To escape the traffic completely there are numerous footpaths, woodland trails and 1,900 kilometres of bridleways which will enable you to discover more of the island's natural beauty, the best of which are near Forêt de l'Ospédale, Bavella and the Coscione Plateau in the south. The Mare e Monti Sud hiking path which runs between Propriano and Porticcio is one of the island's best opportunities for cycling as are the tracks of coastal Sartenais.
For those who prefer to have more than just pedal power, quad biking through the maquis may be a better choice.The following all arrange accompanied trails on quad bikes.
Corsica Mountain Quad
L’Ospedale, Porto Vecchio
Tel 04 95 70 68 08 or 06 20 58 44 84
Circuits from 10 mins up to 5 hours. They also do evening trips on a Wednesday.
Corse Nature, Baie de Santa Giulia
Route de Moby Dick
Tel 04 95 70 56 75
As well as organised tours you can also just rent bikes.
Treks of differing lengths can be booked ranging from two hours to a whole day. When reserving don’t forget to mention whether or not you are experienced. During the heat of the summer, outings are usually limited to early morning and early evening.
Ferme Equestre de Croccano
Route de Granace, on the road to Sartene
Tel 04 95 77 11 37
Cavadda Di Santu Pultru
on the road between Sartène and Tizzano
Tel 04 95 77 23 15 or 06 88 70 42 05
Asinu di Figuccia
on D257 between Barraci and Olmeto
Tel 06 03 28 92 00 or 06 03 28 81 85
In July and August they offer trips on the traditional mode of transport in Corsica - the donkey - for an hour or a whole day trek. Some circuits include a bathing stop in the rock pools.
Centre Equestre de Porticcio
Tel 04 95 25 11 05
Well signposted from the main road in Porticcio, offers treks of differing lengths.
The Gulf of Valinco, debated to be the most beautiful gulfs on the west coast of the island is a great region to explore. At the eastern end is the principal town of the region, Propriano, which has developed from a sleepy fishing community to a bustling resort. Around the bay to the south finds Campomoro, a peaceful fishing village, with only a few houses, boats, a sandy beach and a eucalyptus grove. To the north of the bay you find Cappiciolo - perhaps one of the best spots on the Gulf - and Porto Pollo, a sheltered little port. The coastline to the south of the Gulf of Valinco is mostly inaccessible by car, so the area of rocks, maquis, sandy coves, footpaths and tracks is destined to be experienced on foot.
There are many wine producers in the South of Corsica, many of which boast the coveted Appellation d'Origine Controlée Corse accreditation, and all of which are open to the public and offer tastings and sales direct from the vineyard or cave, just look for the signs.
AOC Corse – Sartène
AOC Corse - Figari