This is a holiday for those who want to discover Corsica, but without having to change hotels every night. You will split the week between two comfortable 3 star hotels with swimming pools, and can either simply enjoy taking in the local atmosphere, or take a tour of the region by following our carefully prepared routes. Come in the comfort of your own car (in which case we can book your ferries) or rent a hire car from the airport, which we can organise for you. This holiday is an opportunity for you to sit back and relax in the knowledge that everything has been organised for you.
The first hotel is based on the coast in Calvi, or a village nearby. This is an ideal location to discover the north of the island. The second hotel is very close to Porto Vecchio, so for the second half of your holiday you will be able to enjoy the superb landscapes of the south.
Your day by day program
After your arrival in Bastia (either off the ferry or at the airport), you will immediately get a sense of the island by crossing the short distance from the east to the west coast. From the pretty coastal port of Saint Florent you will cross the Désert des Agriates (a wild and beautiful area of rocky scrub) until you reach the area called the Balagne. Beautiful beaches, olive groves and small coastal resorts will be the theme for the day. When you arrive at your hotel you can plunge into the swimming pool to mark the end of your first day.
Night in the Balagne (in Calvi or a neighbouring village) in a 3 star hotel with swimming pool.
Today you will head inland to discover the most beautiful villages in the Balagne. Small walks are possible as well as the opportunity to bathe in the crystal blue waters of the local rivers. On the return, you can visit a centre where you can taste numerous locally made Corsican products.
Return to the hotel. Roughly 130km.
For today's journey, we propose a loop that allows you to discover the Gulf of Galeria. You will take a route along the coast that is considered as one of the most scenic in Europe. From Galeria, you will reach the top of a col which has superb panoramic views. You will return on an inland road to reach your hotel.
Return to your hotel. Roughly 250km, possible to do less.
Today's journey is one of transition. You will drive to Corte, the ancient capital of the island. It's worth stopping here to enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants (you will find our recommendations in the road book). After a look around Corte, you will drive across the island to the east coast, where you will then follow the long white sandy beaches to reach your hotel.
Night in a 3 star hotel with swimming pool. Roughly 190km.
Today is a splendid tour, which allows you to discover the south of Corsica. You will have the opportunity to see the 'most beautiful' beach on the island, Palombaggia, the magnificent cliffs of Bonifacio, the Gulf of Spérone, and the Lavezzi islands. A boat trip is highly recommended to visit the natural caves and to marvel at the houses perched precariously on the cliffs above you. A visit to the Lavezzi islands is an unforgettable moment, don't forget your swimming costume!
Return to your hotel. Roughly 124km.
If you think you can no longer be surprised by the beauty of Corsica, then think again! Today you will drive inland to view the superb villages of the Alta Rocca. The lake and forest of Ospedale are well worth seeing. The highlight of the day is seeing the famous "needles of Bavella", whose needle like rocks dominate the scenery for miles around. Some walks are possible here. On your return journey, don't forget to enjoy bathing in the natural pools along the Solenzara river. Return to your hotel. Roughly 169km, possibility to do less.
Depending upon the time of your ferry or flight, you can opt for a direct route back to Bastia along the coast, or enjoy a day of discovery. If you have the time, take the small roads that wind their way through the Castagniccia, one of the most wild and authentic regions in Corsica. You will leave the Castagniccia for the Nebbio region, before heading back to Bastia.
End of your holiday.
Please contact us if you would like to extend your stay.
Depart any day from the beginning of April to the end of October.
- Bastia. Possibility to start from all of the other ports or airports on Corsica. Please feel free to contact us for information on how to get to Corsica.
- Bastia. Possibility to leave from any other port or airport on Corsica.
- In 3 star hotels with swimming pool
- From two people
- Distances of roughly 160km per day, should you wish to follow our optional program
- Supplement for July and August : 130€
- Car rental (Clio type) : 390€
- GPS tracks on USB stick : 25€
- Nights in hotels in rooms of two, the breakfasts, a road book and map.
- Transport to and from the start of the trip, transfers not mentioned in the program, meals (except for breakfast), insurance, drinks, entry to any tourist sites, car fines or costs associated with breakdown, optional expenses and personal expenses.