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 and Via Ferrata
Many of the climbs are quite technically difficult and require a degree of competence and fitness so should only be attempted by confident climbers.
Place Casanelli d'Istria, Vico
Tel 06 12 89 74 60
Climbing in the valleys above Sagone and Cargèse and around Piana.
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.
Tavaria Aerodrome near Propriano
Tel 06 12 55 65 40
A motorised hang-glider with room for the pilot and one passenger, Vincent offers journeys of about 20 mins.
Valinco Parachute club
Tavaria Aérodrome near Propriano
Tel 06 75 73 98 74
A tandem parachute jump is an incredible way to view the Valinco. You will need a medical certificate from a doctor.
Flights and helicopter trips
A great way to admire the views!
Hel'ile de beauté
Tel 04 95 72 18 63
Tours for up to 5 people lasting from 15 to 70 minutes leaving from Porto Vecchio or Ajaccio.
Tavaria Aérodrome, near Propriano
Tel 04 95 76 09 82
The Airclub offer a 20 min flight, for up to 3 passengers, around the Valinco gulf and also longer circuits taking in Bonifacio, Porto Vecchio and Bavella.
If you have a passion for golf then you must visit the spectacular Golf de Sperone, located on a breathtaking site at the southern tip of Corsica overlooking the Mediterranean, the Bonifacio Strait and the tiny islands of Cavallo and Lavezzi. Corsica has no other 18 hole courses.
Sperone Golf Club
Domaine de Sperone, Bonifacio
Tel 04 95 73 17 13
A superb course (ranked in the Top 100 in the world!) of 18 holes, designed by the famous golf architect, Robert Trent Jones. Equipment hire and tuition possible. The club also has a bar and restaurant with panoramic views over the straits of Bonifacio to Sardinia. A handicap certificate is required.
Golfe de Porticcio
Tel 04 95 25 95 05
A 6-hole course.
There are a number of Tennis clubs in the Valinco area, please call to book and take your own equipment.
Club de Propriano
Tel 04 95 76 13 35
Three lit courts off the Route de Sartène, reservation advised.
Tennis Club de Sartène
Tel 04 95 77 18 10
Two lit courts.
Mountain Biking and Quad Bikes
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.
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, the best of which are near Forêt de l'Ospedale, Bavella and the Coscione Plateau in the south. The Mare e Monti Sud hiking path which runs between Propriano and Porticcio is one of the island's best opportunities for mountain biking as are the tracks of coastal Sartenais.
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.
25, Rue Général de Gaulle, Propriano
Tel 04 95 76 15 32
A Quad Jet Pro
Route Carrière du Rizzanése, Propriano
Tel 04 95 71 40 72
Organised quad outings into the maquis.
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.
Ferme Equestre de Croccano
Route de Granace, on the road to Sartène
Tel 04 95 77 11 37
A Cheval en Corse
Tel 04 95 76 08 02 or 06 74 52 32 87
Cavadda Di Santu Pultru
On the road between Sartène and Tizzano
Tel 06 82 33 61 28 or 06 88 70 42 05
Asinu di Figuccia
On D257 between Barraci and Olmeto
Tel 06 03 28 92 00 or 06 03 28 81 85
In July and August they offer trips on the traditional mode of transport in Corsica - the donkey - for an hour or a whole day trek. Some circuits include a bathing stop in the rock pools.
Centre Equestre de Porticcio
Tel 04 95 22 75 59
Well signposted from the main road in Porticcio, offers treks of differing lengths.
Centre Equestre Poney Club la Plage
Tel 06 31 92 29 93
The Gulf of Valinco, debated to be the most beautiful gulfs on the west coast of the island is a great region to explore on foot. To the south of the Valinco bay, an old Genoese watchtower overlooks the pretty seaside village and golden sandy beach of Campomoro - beyond which lay ahead to the south one of the wildest coastlines in Corsica. Venture on foot and discover an extraordinary landscape of granite outcrops, secluded beaches and perfumed maquis (four to five hour curcular walk).
To the north of the bay, a walk to the cliff-top of Capo di Muro, which seperates the gulf of Ajaccio from the gulf of Valinco, will reward you with outstanding views of the bay and beautiful hidden coves along the way (a three to four hour circulare walk from Cascionu).
Alternatively, venture into the Alta Rocca and discover some of the most stunning forest and mountain scenery on the island. Walk through an area of sleepy perched villages, pink granite pinnacles and archaeological sites whilst taking in the breathtaking views of the coastline below.