Cap Corse to the Castagniccia
In partnership with a Corsican cycling specialist, we are pleased to welcome the Coastal Cycling around the Cap Corse tour into our programme. This week long touring itinerary provides the perfect contrast between the coastal scenery of the north and rugged mountains of the interior.
Quaint rural villages, fragrant maquis covered mountains and think chestnut forests are all part of this popular cycling tour. You will discover such varied landscapes from the high peaks of the interior to the breathtaking coastline of the north whilst meeting proud island inhabitants along the way.
Prices from £1143 pp
- Return flights from London Gatwick, Bristol or Manchester
- 7 nights accommodation in 2* and 3* hotels, inns and guesthouses on bed & breakfast
- Return airport transfers
- Rental of a hybrid bike for 6 full days
- Luggage transfer
- Maps and route notes
What's not included
- Meals and beverages
- Travel insurance
- Single & upgrade supplements
- Option of upgrading to a road bike for supplement of £50 pp
Day 1: Bastia
After arriving at Bastia airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in the town. If you have time to discover the capital of "Haute Corse", it's worthwhile visiting the old port and the citadel. From the old city there are wonderful panoramic views over the sea and surroundings. For dinner, we advise you to go to the old port which has a very lively atmosphere in the summer.
Night in Bastia.
Day 2: The Cape of Corsica
This morning you'll pedal along the east side of the Cape of Corsica, only a stone's throw from the sea. You'll then cross the island to join the west coast of the Cape with its dramatic cliffs. The route is strewn with Genoese and Paoline towers as well as old convents and mills. The landscape, including the small fishing ports is splendid.
Night stay in a small coastal village on the west coast of the Cape.
Riding distances: a choice of two routes, approximately between 59km and 79km.
Day 3: From the Cape to the Gulf of St Florent
Today you'll leave the Cape to pedal southward towards St Florent. According to your chosen route, you will be able to discover the village of Patrimonio, famous in the whole of Corsica for its vineyards. Tastings are possible in the cellars of the village. In Saint-Florent, do not fail to visit the citadel and to stroll around the port and its small commercial streets.
Night in St Florent.
Riding Distances: a choice of three routes, approximately between 31km and 48km.
Day 4: The Désert des Agriates
Today you are in the heart of the Désert des Agriates. From hamlet to hamlet, you cross this superb 'desert' covered in the local maquis scrub (which has a fantastic smell and is amazing in the spring when the maquis is in blossom). Returning to the coast, you will soon arrive at your accommodation, not far from L'Ile Rousse.
Night in a village near to L'Ile Rousse.
Riding Distances: a choice of three, approximately 48km, 69km or 80km.
Day 5: Villages of Balagne
Today you'll get to explore the pretty villages of the Balagne. This area is bewitching. The stone villages perched in the middle of nowhere have an astonishing beauty which hasn't changed with time.
Night in the mountains.
Riding Distances: approximately 30km, 44km, or 57km.
Day 6: The Corsica Inheritance
You will continue into the villages of the Balagne by discovering superb testimonies of the past through old churches and convents. You will follow the border of the Natural reserve of Corsica until you reach Ponte Leccia, your stop for the night. This day will be marked by the numerous animals that you will meet wandering in freedom: cows, pigs, goats...
Riding distance: approximately 48km, 61km or 73km.
Day 7: Descent in Castagniccia
Your last day of riding will take you through the villages of the Castagniccia known for their chapels and the chestnut forests. Royal Milan (Red Kites) are widespread in this area; you are likely to see them hovering over your heads. You will cross many rivers and brooks before arriving at the coast. Your stop for the night will be in a village close to the airport.
Riding distance: approximately 34km, 53km or 57km.
Day 8: End of stay
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.