This fantastic itinerary will enable you to explore the southern part of Corsica by bike. Cycle south from the great city of Ajaccio to the southern tip of the island and the chalk cliffs of Bonifacio. You will then ride north-east to Porto Vecchio and climb up to Ospédale, a little village famous for hosting professional cycling races. Finally, discover the heart of the island with its rugged and authentic landscapes and meet friendly locals, proud of their island and Corsican culture.
This self-guided tour also includes luggage transfers.
Your day by day program
Depending on your time of arrival, you will be able to explore your surroundings. Ajaccio’s citadel and old port are really worth a visit!
Night in Ajaccio.
During the first stage of this itinerary, you will leave the buzzing town of Ajaccio for a scenic coastal ride along a quiet road which will lead you to cycle uphill to Coti Chiavari. From this enchanting village, perched on a mountainside, you will get stunning views over Ajaccio. These are most definitely worth the effort! Next, you will descend to Propriano and its exotic fine sandy beach.
Cyclists, who feel brave enough to tackle the Col de Siu (730m), will have the opportunity to admire the Gulf of Propriano from above.
Night in Propriano.
Distance: approximately 75km or 115km.
Height gain: 876m or 1870m.
After leaving the delightful Gulf of Propriano, you will cycle through Sartène and head to the south of the island with views over majestic little coves along the way. Cycling to Bonifacio should not be a problem for you, and you will have enough time to explore this wonderful Corsican town.
Uptown, Bonifacio’s cliff-top citadel stands as an architectural marvel, rising up proudly over the rest of town. Many stunning landscapes are to be admired from the battlements, including crystal-clear waters, chalk cliffs and Sardinia’s coastline in the distance.
For those cyclists who enjoy the climbs, the inland route option will provide you with more of a challenge.
Night in Bonifacio.
Distance: approximately 65km or 120km.
Height gain: 940m or 2240m.
Our short version of this stage is also the easiest: you will cycle inland and then eastward to reach the coastline. A scenic coast ride along the most beautiful beaches of Corsica, including Palombaggia and Santa Giulia, will surely tempt you to go for a relaxing swim in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Mountain-lovers will undoubtedly enjoy the second version of this stage, with a 15km ride around the Col de Bacinu (810m) and spectacular views over Porto Vecchio.
Night in Porto Vecchio.
Distance: approximately 60km or 95km.
Height gain: 821m or 1650m.
For this fifth day of the tour, our team has organised two different itineraries. The first one will lead you to cycle directly to Zonza via the legendary Col de l’Ospédale where racing cyclists such as Froome, Evans or Contador have demonstrated their talent year after year during the Criterium International. On the summit, you will discover the Dam of Ospédale which offers lunar-like landscapes, dominated by a quiet lake, which is sprinkled with submerged tree stumps and set against a mystical pine tree forest.
The second itinerary includes a coastal ride northwards, along a very narrow and uphill road which leads to the village of Conca, where the GR20 officially ends. You will also have the chance to climb the Col de Bavella and its famous toothy Needles which appear to be biting at the sky. This 30km detour is easy to start with, but the ascent gets steeper as you try to reach the 1240m summit.
Night in Zonza.
Distance: approximately 60km or 90km.
Height gain: 1580m or 1950m.
Today, you will have the choice to either stroll down the streets of the enchanting village of Zonza or to go for a swim in natural pools or even to cycle one of the two routes that our team has prepared especially for you.
You will ride through several charming little villages, discover an authentic side of Corsica and have the chance to meet welcoming locals. This particular stage will end with a gentle 25km uphill ride (available for both versions of this route).
Night in Zonza.
Distance: approximately 65km or 85km.
Height gain: 1330m or 1610m.
In the morning, you will leave Zonza for the West Coast of Corsica. One of the toughest rides of today’s circuit is the Col de St Eustache, which will reward you with a sensational 15km descent. Along the way, you will be able to admire Corsican cottages – each more charming than the next – in typical picture-postcard settings. Whereas the easy version of this stage offers you a ‘relaxing’ ride, the harder version will take you to the Col de Saint Georges, which is named after a spring, and the Col de Cricheto (725m). You will also cycle through Tolla Lake before swooping down to Ajaccio on a well-tarmacked road.
Night in Ajaccio.
Distance: approximately 95km or 120km.
Height gain: 1550m or 2060m.
Your trip ends after breakfast. Possible transfer to the airport (please contact us for more details).
Departures every day from the beginning of April to the end of October.
- Ajaccio. Contact us for assistance with your travel arrangements.
- 7 nights in 3 star hotels (double bedrooms).
- From two.
- Approximately 80-110km a day with height gains between 800 and 2000m.
- Luggage transfers by vehicle.
- Supplement for single bedrooms : 400€
- Supplement for July, August and september departures : 130€
- Hybrid bike rental (21 gears) : 80€
- Hybrid bike rental - TREK FX2 2018 or SPECIALIZED Sirrus / Vita : 120€
- Electric bike rental - TREK Verve+ 2018 or NEOMOUV : 170€
- Aluminium road bike rental (triple crankset) - SPECIALIZED Secteur Sport : 170€
- Aluminium road bike rental (compact crankset) - TREK Domane AL3 2018 : 190€
- Carbon road bike rental (V-brake) - LOOK 566 Ultegra : 220€
- Carbon road Bike rental (Disc brake) - TREK Emonda SL6 2018 : 270€
- GPS rental : 40€
- GPS tracks on USB stick : 25€
- Breakfasts from day 2 to day 8, luggage transfers from one hotel to another, information package with maps and roadbooks, nights in 3 star hotels (double bedrooms).
- Transport options from and to Ajaccio, meals and beverages, transfers which are not included in the tour, optional activities which are not included in the tour, bike rental, repair costs, personal expenses.
Self-guided road bike tour in Northern Corsica in 3 star hotels
Corsica - Self-guided road cycling - 8 days / 7 nights