Corsica dream cycling
A sublime cycling journey through the heart of Corsica, the Mediterranean’s Ile de Beauté, riding part of the route of the 100th tour de france
Corsica island is a mighty lump of rock a chain of mountains protruding proudly from med sea. With 21 peaks above 2000 meters and over 150 cols, it is something of a nirvana for cyclists.
There are glorious roads winding down through remote hamlet to turquoise coves; medieval villages untouched by the 20th century; chestnut groves; pine forest and canyons; challenging climbs and sweeping descents on well-paved with few cars.
Also excellent local wine and sensational seafood as well as limestone hills and golden sandy beaches… all is set within a staggeringly lovely coastline.
The tour starts in Bastia, the second largest town, and took to the northern part of the island, Known as Haute-Corse – we focus on north and west coastline which are more jagged, wild and wondrous !
Corsica active tour Highlights:
Taste Patrimonio and Sciacarello Corsican wines; Mattei’s famous Cap Corse aperitif; cold glass of Pietra the local beer
Savour Wild boar, local cured meats, goat’s and sheep’s milk cheeses, chestnuts, and fresh seafood
Cycle through the stunning Calanches, UNESCO-listed granite formations emblematic of the Corsican coast
Pedal along the Cap Corse, the peninsula that just into the Mediterranean and surrounds you with sea on all sides
Welcome to CORSICA
transfer form airport to hotel, meet your guides and have a bike fitting session.
in the afternoon you can ride to a viewpoint above the city, andback in time for the cap Corse aperitif followed by a traditional French gourmet dinner together.
Cycle Bastia's balcony roads & Cap Corse
This morning, you will go North, following the coastline on the east of Cap Corse to reach a fisherman's village at the top of the peninsula. You will pass next to beautiful genoese towers, cross vineyards and reach the Maccinaggio port. Now you will take the inland direction and nice climb will await for you to reach the Mattei windmill before enjoying a beautiful descent to Centuri, and Centuri port, west side of Cape Corsica. Centuri is renowned for being the first lobsters' fishing port in France, you can taste in one of the many little restaurant in the marina. After lunch option to ride reach the wonderful Golfe de St-Florent or shuttle in the van
St Florent loop to San Pietro di Tenda
The loop scheduled is around the Nebbiu's villages, Murato, santo Pietro di Tenda. Enjoy your time in Saint-Florent, amazing Caribbean beaches in the Agriates desert, or spend the afternoon in the ancient Roman town of St Florent it-self, the "St-Tropez" of Corsica: its little harbour and its white sand beach. This is a small local sea resort from where you can also board a shuttle to one of the most beautiful beach of the island, Saleccia.
Crossing the unique Désert des Agriates
Distance 47 km Elevation gain 464 m elevation loss 609 m
This stony landscape that was once rich with wheat fields is unlike any area on the island and offers some beautiful panoramas. An amazing ride across a protected route with stunning landscapes. Following the sea shore in a distance and amid the Corsican scrub, the road undulates in a luxurious granitic and green environment, surprising knowing that you are supposed to be in a desert! Once at the Vezzu pass, you will get beautiful views on the mountains.
A great descent will follow toward the Balagne area where different roads' options are proposed to you.
Arriving in Ile Rousse, you will hopefully be able to enjoy a drink looking at the sunset over the rocky Island of Ile Rousse explaining the name of the little town
Ile Rousse & great food
Distance 59 km Elevation gain 461 m elevation loss 480 m
You will leave Ile Rousse and the major road to get inland and reach some of the most beautiful villages in Corsica: Pigna, Sant Antonino, Lumio. The many small villages are perched on the slopes and often not accessible by car - cycling paradise! today fantastic local food in amazing places and restaurants. The artisans' road will then welcome you before the descent to Calvi, a thriving little town stretched along its bay under the Citadel and Monte cinto, it was once a Genoese stronghold. Calvi is the most cosmopolitan city in Corsica and became world famous as a cycling destination when it hosted the arrival of the second stage of the 2013 Tour de France. It’s blessed with a beautiful winding coastline, pristine white sand beaches and red granite rocks. The bay of Calvi is probably the jewel in this crown
Coastal landscape with breathtaking vistas
You should arrive to your sixth day enough trained and keen to face the outstanding bike ride waiting for you today.
The first part is inland to reach the coast near Galeria then head north on the coastal road. This is the most remote area on the island. Giant ochre boulders stand sentry by the route, few settlement punctuate the route. Argentella, once base for silver mine, then a crescent of pebble beach sloping in clear water at bay Crovani, olive trees and eucalypts between Capo di a Morsetta and Capo Cavallo. Few km before Calvi you will have La Revellata peninsula on your left -a lighthouse stands at the end of this vast 300ha promontory - a steep road on your right to Notre Dame de la Serra famous for the pink granite boulders. We have to be in Calvi in time for the Farewell dinner at our favorite restaurant Aux Bons Amis in Calvi
avaiable transfer to Calvi airport/ town
Hotel Tomino - BastiaThe Tomino hotel is a little and charming hotel on the heights of Tomino, the smallest village of Cap Corse. From the hotel we can see below, the harbour of Macinaggio et Rogliano village is just face up. In a intimist and sophisticated ambiance, you can admire one of the most beautiful site of Cap Corse from the outstanding view you have from the terrace of the hotel.
Hotel La Roya - St FlorentSt Florent The hotel La Roya is very much privileged by its beautiful seaside location in the bay of Saint Florent in the heart of Cap Corse. Hidden in a real garden Eden and immersed into scents of roses and lavender the hotel offers an exceptional setting on one of the most beautiful beaches of the Bay in Saint Florent. The beach is directly accessible from the hotel garden.
Perla Rossa - Île-RousseThe hotel Perla Rossa takes place in an exceptional environment, facing the mediterranean rivage. This former Italian palace built during the 18th Century was restored according to its unique architecture to preserve the original beauty of the place. In the center of Ile Rousse, you can easily and quickly reach and appreciate all the attractions of the city. Amazing view on the Mediterranean sea!
Hôtel La Signoria - CalviAt Calvi’s gates, overlooking a Valley and facing the Mediterranean, this luxurious hotel is a former Genoese palace of the 18th Century, which used to be named La Paratella, and still being a noble house. All the charm of this hotel lies in its simplicity which qualifies every rooms and livings of the residence. Its location enables you to appreciate the Corsican charming landscapes, between sea and mountain.
Price & Inclusions
Cost: Euro 2950 per person in double occupancy
single room supplement euro 590
Six nights in superior hotels with breakfast
one wine tasting
Snacks and drinks along the way
All maps, trip notes and detailed route directions
All Shuttles and technical assistance
All transfer baggage
Services of 2 experienced bilingual guides
Cicloposse water bottle
Airfare to France and Corsica, lunches, 1 dinner, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, laundry expenses and items of a personal nature.
Bike Rental for entire tour
Hybrid bike euro 180
Race bike euro 210
E-Bike euro 210