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Authentic Corsica

9 days / 8 nights
Corsica - With a road-book

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With a simple twist of the throttle, discover a different side of the Isle of Beauty and embark on an unusual motorcycling adventure along roads with splendid panoramic views, set between the sea waters and fragrant maquis-shrouded hills of Corsica.

Accommodation is booked depending on room availability.
Please note that, for some stages, we may have to book a different guesthouse than the one mentioned in the description.

Your day by day program

1
The Cape of Corsica

Once in Bastia, you will start your journey by discovering the Cape of Corsica. First, you will ride up the Col de Teghime in order to reach Patrimonio. You will then ride through Centuri – where you can find the best crayfish in France – and along the coastline. While admiring the craggy chalk cliffs of Northern Corsica, you will also get to discover magnificent coves. You will also have the opportunity to stop in Macinnaggio or Erbalunga, before reaching the port of Sisco.

Distance: 130km.

2
The Désert des Agriates

This stage will lead you to discover St Florent and its white sandy beaches while travelling around the Col San Stefano. You will then go through the Désert des Agriates, one of Corsica's magnificent protected nature reserve. On the way there, you will get to see stunning landscapes; and charming little mountain roads will quickly unravel before your very eyes, as you catch sight of olive groves, cactus trees, and Barbary figs. You will then get to explore authentic and enchanting little villages where cows wander freely across the roads. Next, stop for a while in Belgodere in front of a picturesque little church, before setting off to the enchanting village of Olmi Cappella.

Distance: 120km.

3
The Balagne region

You will ride into the region’s undulating hinterlands and explore its enchanting hamlets, olive groves and ancient mills before reaching Calvi. Take your time to visit this wonderful town. You may also want to go for a swim at the beach, located near the historical centre of town, or to walk around Calvi’s impressive citadel.
You will then continue your journey and head southwards in the direction of Galeria.

Distance: 85km.

4
From Galéria to Porto via Piana and Cargese

Climb up the Col de Palmarella, from where you will be able to enjoy stunning panoramic views. You will then descend a beautiful cliff road and see rolling carpets of arid grassland, as you reach charming villages. There, you will be able to relax and have a drink. However, you will soon set off to other seaside villages nearby, which will give you the opportunity to try a great variety of water sports.
After that, you will set off to the famous Calanches de Piana, and ride up to Cargese, otherwise known as the Greek Corsican town, with its orthodox churches. You will then ride around the coastline before riding to Porto and the heart of the island.

Distance: 40km.

5
The heart of Corsica

After leaving the village and its famous Genovese bridges, olive trees, and natural pools, hidden amongst the greenery, you will start climbing the highest road in Corsica. Then, you will descend an undulating road which will lead you to the beautiful shores of a local lake. The magnificent Scala di Santa Regina will then take you to the borders of the Castagniccia region where you will be able to ride endless miles of winding roads. You will also discover the Restonica Gorge before reaching today’s destination point.

Night in Corte, a town located in the centre of Corsica.

Distance: 135km.

6
From Corte to the Gulf of Valinco

Today, you will ride along Corsica’s main road which goes through the Vizzavona forest and offers spectacular scenery. Once you will have reached Ajaccio, you will be able to enjoy strolling down the streets of Napoleon’s hometown and go to the Pointe des Sanguinaires – the Point of blood-thirsty men – which is surrounded by beautiful white sandy beaches. Next, you will climb a coastal route which is skirted by eucalyptus trees and which leads to an ancient prison, before reaching the small villages of the Taravo region.

Night in Olmeto.

Distance: 170km.

7
Bonifacio and Bavella

Your first stop will be Sartène before riding through deserted landscapes in order to reach Bonifacio and its chalk cliffs. Next, you will ride along the most beautiful beaches that Corsica has to offer, and travel to the heart of the island via the famous Needles of Bavella. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to swim in small hidden rivers nearby. Afterwards, you will ride down to the Alta Rocca, which is today’s destination point.
Night in Zonza, in an idyllic mountain setting at the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Corsica.

Distance: 172km.

8
The hidden treasures of Corsica

Spend the day riding alone through the lush landscapes, mystical forests and stone villages of the Alta Rocca. You will then head north and ride along the beautiful road of the Inzecca before reaching the coastline and returning to the mountains.

Night in a little village of the Boziu region.

Distance: 180km.

9
Back to Bastia

Discover the Castagniccia and its enchanting little villages, rich in history, such as La Porta, Loreto di Casinca, Olmo or Vescovato. These hilltop villages will offer you the possibility to ride along sublime panoramic roads.
Return to Bastia by following the coastline and by riding along the Pond of Biguglia, where pink flamingos can often be seen.

The tour ends in Bastia.

Distance: 115km.

Departure board

Every day from the beginning of April to the end of October.

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Bastia.
End
  • Bastia.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouses and charming hotels** (double or twin bedrooms).
    Please note that guesthouses in Corsica are small family-run affairs with limited capacity.
Number of people
  • From 2.
Level of difficulty
  • Distances: from 150 and up to 190km a day.
Options
  • Renting a Suzuki V-Strom 650 (fully equipped) : 825€
  • Supplement for July and August departures : 70€
  • Tripy 2 GPS rental for 9 days : 85€
  • GPS tracks on USB stick : 25€
  • Corsica Motorbike T-Shirt : 15€
Included
  • Accommodation, breakfasts, evening meals (except in Porto), information package with maps and road-books.
Not included
  • Ferry crossing to and from Corsica, transfers which are not included in the tour, insurance, lunches and beverages, motorbike rental, repair costs, fines and speed tickets, visits of tourist sites, optional activities which are not included in the tour, personal expenses.

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