Cycling in Corsica

With the 2013 Tour de France starting in Corsica and showing off some of the most stunning cycling scenery anywhere in the world, the island is quickly becoming the place for a cycling holiday.

The Tour de France of 2013 certainly showed what Corsica was made of in terms of cycling terrain - and it's certainly opened the island up in terms of attracting cyclists - from interested novices to the most hardened professional. For those with enough determination and stamina, the views from some of the coastal roads and mountain tracks are breathtaking, though the moutainous terrain with climbs and winding roads can make cycling a challenging option. 

The best time for exploring the island on two wheels is during mid-season: May-June and September-October, when the weather is slightly cooler and the roads quieter. Opt for road cycling along the Cap Corse or the Calanches de Piana and be rewarded by some of the island's outstanding views, or escape the traffic completely and venture off road... 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. There is also a coastal path between St Florent and L'Ile Rousse which provides cyclists with views of some of the island's most outstanding scenery. 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.

We can carry your bike free of charge on our Stansted-Calvi charter flight or alternatively, you can hire a road or mountain bike in most major resorts locally, including Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi, Porto and Propriano.

Cyclist in Desert des Agriates - © LOOK Die Bildagentur der Fotografen GmbH / Alamy© LOOK Die Bildagentur der Fotografen GmbH / Alamy