Sports & Activities

There are numerous activities available in the area during the summer season but if you prefer things to be a little less energetic why not explore the surrounding areas and ports or head for the forests and vineyards?

Activities in Corsica

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 10am and 12pm and from 4pm until 8pm.

 

Climbing

Many of the climbs in Corsica are quite technically difficult and require a degree of competence and fitness so should only be attempted by confident climbers. The valleys around Corte offer some of the most exhilaring rock climbing opportunities in Europe, with superb views over the surrounding mountains and valleys.

A.S. Niolu, Calacuccia
Tel 04 95 48 05 22
haute-montagne-corse.com
An affiliated climbing organisation that specialises in climbs on and around Paglia Orba (Corsica’s 3rd highest peak) including the mountain’s vertical north face and the jagged pinnacles of the Cinque Frati.

In Terra Corsa
Gare de Ponte Leccia
Tel 04 95 47 69 48
Interracorsa.com
Organise daily trips of varying difficulties into the Asco valley. Via Ferrata is an excellent and safe way of experiencing the mountain trails, all the while assured by ropes and safety harnesses. They will not accept groups larger than 10 people.

 

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. The d’Alturaghja (the place of the eagles) is the aptly named site where some of the islands best paragliding is provided, at over 1,000 metres on the slopes of Monte Cinto.

Altore Ecole Professionnelle de Parapente
Montegrosso
Tel 06 08 72 67 19
altore.com
Located approx 3km east of junction of D451 & D151 between Calvi and Montemaggiore. The tandem or solo flights offered provide excellent views of the Monte Grosso massif, the valley of the Fiume Secco and Calvi bay.

Escalade Association Sportive du Niolo, Calacuccia
Tel 04 95 48 05 22
haute-montagne-corse.com
The company offers tandem glides or solo glides on production of the appropriate documentation. The site is easily accessed from Lozzi, just a few kilometres north west of Calacuccia, and, on a clear day, your flight will give you views of west coast, all the way from Calvi up to St Florent.

 

Tennis

There are Tennis clubs in most main towns.

Complexe St François
Monticello
Tel 06 18 02 07 32
4 courts, lit at night open from 17h. Very popular so it’s advisable to book in advance.

Tennis Club Ile Rousse
Route de Calvi, Ile Rousse
Tel 04 95 60 20 71

Tennis Club Calvi
Plage de Calvi
Tel 04 95 65 21 13
Open from 16h30, it is a very popular club so it’s advisable to book in advance. Equipment hire available.

Tennis Davia
Route de Vignola, Davia
Courts available for residents of the area.

Cycling in Corsica

Bicycle Hire 

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.

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.

Leader Sports
Ave Paul Doumer, Ile Rousse
Tel 04 95 60 15 76 or 06 14 89 04 19
Situated on the main road at the entrance of Ile Rousse on N197 they have a wide selection of cycles to hire, including mountain (VTT) and road bikes. They will also deliver and collect the bikes from our accommodations for an extra fee.  Also have helmets & child seats available to hire.

Balagne Cycles
Ave Paul Doumer, Ile Rousse
Tel 04 95 38 12 99
Balagne-cycles.fr

Wild Machja
Résidence St Philippe, Ave Christophe Colomb, Calvi
Tel 06 19 89 35 30
wildmachja.com

Algajola Sport et Nature
Résidence Belle Vista, Algajola
Tel 04 95 44 08 32 / 06 83 85 15 31
algajola-sportenature.com

 

Quad Bikes

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.

Corse Voyages
Blvd Wilson Calvi
Tel 04 95 65 00 47
Half day trips to Fangu/Marsulinu, St-Florent/Murato and Désert des Agriates and full day trips to Corte/Restonica valley.

Corsi 4x4
Ile Rousse
Tel 06 12 38 86 57
Arrange day trips to the surrounding area.

Tra Mare e Monti
Port de plaisance Calvi (next to port office on marina)
Tel 04 95 65 21 26
tramare-monti.com
Have a fleet of Quad bikes for hire

Balagne Evasion
L-D Guadelli (on the Calenzana road)
Tel 05 95 60 17 12
Organise Quad excursions

Donkey excursion

Horse riding

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. 

A Cavallu
RN197 (close to the roundabout for Calvi airport.)
Tel  04 95 65 22 22

Cavall Cade
Pigna
Tel 06 22 25 51 96

Cercle Equestre de Balagne
Le Cormoran, Lumio
Tel 04 95 60 66 66 or 06 13 42 27 62

Lucky Horse Centre 
Centre Equestre St François, above Monticello village 
Tel 04 95 60 27 43 / 06 19 69 85 62

 

Walking

The main walking season is between mid-May and early June as well as September. For those who want a real challenge, the internationally renowned GR20 trail is a real must and with other lesser-known pathways, you will be spoilt for choice. Crossing Corsica from northwest to southeast, the GR20 is 170 kilometres long with an average altitude of 1000m to 2000m, starting in Calenzana in the Balagne, and finishing in Conca near Porto-Vecchio. The path follows the mountain ridge that cuts across Corsica and attracts many hiking enthusiasts every year. Practicable from June to September, the hike requires a high level of fitness, the right equipment, a good head for heights and some climbing experience – in its entirety it takes approximately two weeks to complete. Only one in three walkers complete the trail but you can just do half if desired, thanks to the train station mid-trail in the pine-hidden village of Vizzavona. Many refuges can be found en route, marking the end of each stage which offer basic accommodation with cooking / dining facilities as well as supplies’ stock. More comfortable gîtes d’étapes are also available.

There are a number of shorter circular walks around Calvi and Ile Rousse for the more casual walker, further information can be found from your representative or why not buy a Sunflower guide before travelling.