This week long touring itinerary provides the perfect contrast between the coastal scenery of the north and rugged mountains of the interior. You will be treated to different landscapes every day! A great trip that will leave you with fantastic memories of Corsica and will make you want to return for more!
Quaint rural villages, fragrant maquis covered mountains and thick 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 while meeting proud island inhabitants along the way.
Cap Corse to the Castagniccia
Duration: 7 nights
Difficulty level: Moderately challenging - for the regular cyclist
Start and finish point: Bastia
Departure dates: Sundays and Thursdays 18th April - 17th October
Day 1: Bastia
After arriving at Bastia airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Bastia. 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.
Overnight in Bastia on bed & breakfast.
Day 2: The Cap Corse
This morning you'll pedal along the east side of the Cap Corse, only a stone's throw from the sea. You'll then cross the island to join the west coast of the Cap with its dramatic cliffs. The route is lined 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 Cap.
Riding distances: a choice of two routes, approximately between 59km and 79km.
Overnight in a charming village on bed & breakfast.
Day 3: From the Cap to the Gulf of St Florent
Today you'll leave the Cap 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 St Florent, do not fail to visit the citadel and to stroll around the marina and its cobbled streets and boutiques.
Cycling distance: a choice of three routes between 31km and 48km
Overnight in St Florent on bed & breakfast.
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.
Cycling distance: a choice of three, approximately 48km, 69km or 80km.
Overnight in a village near to L'Ile Rousse on bed & breakfast.
Day 5: Villages of Balagne
Today you'll get to explore the pretty villages of la Balagne. This area is bewitching. The stone villages perched in the middle of nowhere have an astonishing beauty which hasn't changed with time.
Cycling distance: 30km, 44km, or 57km.
Overnight in the mountains on bed & breakfast.
Day 6: The Corsican Inheritance
You will continue into the villages of la Balagne by discovering superb testimonies of the past through old churches and convents. You will follow the border of the nature reserve of Corsica until you reach Ponte Leccia, your stop for the night. This day will likely be marked by the numerous animals that you will meet wandering in freedom: cows, pigs, goats...
Cycling distance: 48km, 61km or 73km.
Overnight near Ponte Leccia on bed & breakfast.
Day 7: Descent in Castagniccia
Your last day of cycling will take you through the villages of the Castagniccia - known for their chapels and plentiful chestnut forests. 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.
Cycling distance: 34km, 53km or 57km.
Overnight near to Bastia on bed & breakfast.
Day 8: End of stay
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Bastia Airport for your onward journey.
Please note: This itinerary is an example of the itinerary we aim to adhere to, correct at time of publication. Should situations arise that are beyond our control, such as severe weather conditions, or other factors that could put your safety at risk, it may be possible for the itinerary to be modified.