Discover the wild and wind-swept Cape of the Isle of Beauty and enjoy riding along its beautiful coastline. During your stay, you will come across many Genoese towers, enjoy views across the Mediterranean to the Tuscan islands of Elba and Capraia, and meet welcoming locals who are proud of their traditions.
Starting in Bastia, this varied cycling tour lets you discover the rugged beauty of the Cap Corse. From the peaceful east coast to the wild and rugged west side as well as the raw beauty of the interior, the tour will never fail to offer stunning views and variety in its route.
Coastal Cycling around Cap Corse
Duration: 8 days
Difficulty level: Beginners
Type: Self Guided
Start and finish point: Bastia
Departure dates: Sunday 29th April - 14th October
Day 1: Bastia
Arriving into Bastia airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for the evening. Depending on your arrival time, you may have chance to visit the Citadel, the old city and the town's quaint harbour, an excellent place for dinner.
Overnight in Bastia on bed & breakfast.
Day 2: From Bastia to Sisco
After breakfast, you take your bicycle and leave northwards; the road follows the coastline. Enjoy the views over the crystal clear waters and the numerous hidden creeks which could shelter you for a swim if you wish to. When you cross the little fishing village of Erbalunga you are almost at your final destination for the night... Sisco.
Cycling distance: 15km or 30km
Overnight in Sisco on bed & breakfast.
Day 3: From Sisco to Macinaggio
Still following the coastal road, today you'll have the possibility to take a swim in one of the many little creeks. Once you have reached Macinaggio you can relax at the beach or go for a short walk on the well-known path "Sentier des Douaniers".
Cycling distance: 22km
Overnight in Macinaggio on bed & breakfast.
Day 4: From Macinaggio to Canari
This is a spectacular journey crossing from the east to the west coast, offering stunning views over the craggy cliffs of the Cap Corse. These landscapes are some of the most beautiful and impressive. Today's journey ends in Canari. Be prepared for the long climb up to the village, but the magnificent views will make it worthwhile!
Cycling distance: 45km
Overnight in Canari on bed & breakfast
Day 5: From Canari to St Florent
Descend from the village and continue along the west coast with stunning views towards St Florent and the Desert des Agriates. Enjoy riding through Nonza, one of the most spectacular villages in Corsica. Famous for its black sandy beach and the village itself, which perches high on the rocks above. Nonza also boasts wonderful historical monuments such as its beautiful weathered Genoese tower. While descending the Cap, you will also notice that the landscapes progressively change from rugged cliffs to mountain peaks, then rolling vineyard hills as far as the eye can see. We recommend that you visit and explore the wine cellars of the village of Patrimonio, otherwise known as the Corsican capital of winemaking.
Cycling distance: 32 or 35km
Overnight in St Florent on bed & breakfast
Day 6: From St Florent to Bastia
The last stage of the tour is the toughest, with the climb to the pass of Teghime (+536 Metres). There you can see both coasts; the gulf of St Florent on the west and the Marana beach on the east.
Riding distance: 20-25km
The next 2 nights in Bastia on bed & breakfast
Day 7: Bastia
Spend the day exploring Bastia. Wander around the produce markets in the morning and visit the Vieux Port for a spot of lunch with cafés and bars lining the quay.
Day 8: End of your trip
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport where your trip will come to an end.
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.