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Corsica

Cycling Northern Corsica from Bastia to Calvi

With this bike tour you discover Cap Corse and the west coast up to Calvi Bay. You cycle on the most beautiful Corsican roads and admire the landscapes that change over the stages.

Reference CO0702
  • Itinerant trip
  • 7 days
  • Challenging
  • From March 15 to October 15
  • Minimum age 14 years
989€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Bike tour not available in July and August.

    Discover the Cap Corse and part of the west coast by cycling on the most beautiful roads of Corsica. You start your journey in Bastia and then cycle along the Cap Corse to discover its varied coastal landscapes, more developed and accessible on the east coast and more wild and rugged on the west coast. On your way you cross Macinaggio and its marina, Centuri and its lobster fishing port, Nonza and its black pebble beach before reaching the seaside resort of Saint-Florent. After a well-deserved rest day, you take the road through the majestic Desert des Agriates to reach the hilltop village of Monticello from which you will have a breathtaking view of Ile Rousse. Finally, after visiting some typical Corsican villages, you cycle down to the sea and Calvi.

    Day 1

     
     

    Arrival in Bastia

    Welcome to Bastia, capital of northern Corsica! You will be charmed by this colorful and lively city. Take the time to stroll into the narrow streets of the Genoese Citadel and enjoy a coffee on the quays of the Old Port.

    Day 2

     
     

    Bastia - Centuri

    Altitude
    ±560m
    Bike
    55km
    Leave Bastia and discover Cap Corse along a beautiful coastal road. We advise you to stop for a few moments in Erbalunga, a beautiful little fishing village admired by painters. Continue your journey north along the coast. Enjoy the scenic views over the Mediterranean Sea and stop for a few moments in Macinaggio and its charming marina.

    Then, you cycle up to the mill of Mattei. On your way, do not miss a stop at the Rogliano point of view from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the tip of Cap Corse and the island of Giraglia. Then you continue on the west coast of Cap Corse, much more hilly and winding than the east coast. Here the landscapes are wilder, the steep cliffs fall into the water offering a breathtaking scenery! Your day ends in Centuri, a charming little fishing port famous for its lobsters and very popular with celebrities in summer.

    Day 3

     
     

    Centuri - Saint-Florent

    Altitude
    ±500m
    Bike
    58km
    Continue your way south along the Gulf of Saint-Florent. You reach Nonza and its large and beautiful black pebble beach bordering the turquoise sea. The village on the mountainside overlooks the beach with its beautiful Paoline tower. Then, the landscapes begin to change and give way to limestone mountains and vineyards. You end your day at Saint-Florent, a charming little harbor surrounded by the mountains of Cap Corse and nicknamed "the Corsican Saint-Tropez". Enjoy your evening to stroll in the lively streets of the citadel.

    Day 4

     
     

    Saint-Florent

    Enjoy a rest day in Saint-Florent. We advise you to take a boat to reach the beautiful beach of Lotu (20min), considered among the most beautiful beaches of Corsica. The beach is located in the Desert des Agriates and only accessible on foot or by boat. For the bravest it is also possible to walk to the beach Lotu through the hiking trails (4:30 walk) and then return to Saint-Florent by boat (or vice versa).

    Day 5

     
     

    Saint-Florent - Monticello

    Altitude
    ±1530m
    Bike
    48/69/80km
    Leave Saint-Florent and start cycling through the Desert des Agriates, an amazing mountainous area with untouched nature. The Agriates extend over 40km of maquis and coasts with rugged relief, it is the largest natural and ecological site of the Corsican littoral. From village to village you cross this stunning desert and get close again to the sea. Your stage ends at the hilltop village of Monticello from where you can admire a beautiful sunset on Ile Rousse.

    Day 6

     
     

    Monticello - Calvi

    Altitude
    ±580m
    Bike
    45km
    You continue cycling on the hills and cross the charming villages of La Balagne region : Santa-Reparata-Di-Balagna, Pigna and Sant’Antonino. Stroll on the pretty places where meet the old ones, admire the fountains and the wash-houses, vestiges of the rural heritage and do not hesitate to push the door of the workshops where the local craftsmen will be delighted to share with you their ancestral know-how.

    Then, a beautiful descent in the middle of the maquis and olive groves will take you to the sea. Finally, Calvi welcomes you in the heart of its bay overlooked by the old citadel. A short walk along its charming harbor will complete this beautiful cycling day.

    Day 7

     
     

    Departure from Calvi

    After breakfast, enjoy a last stroll in Calvi before leaving.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in **/*** hotels where you will be hosted with a warm welcome. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You stay in ***/**** hotels where you will be hosted with a warm welcome. All properties have been selected for their cleanliness, style and friendliness of the staff. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with :

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebags, helmet, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We can also provide you with electric bikes or road bikes (Alu TREK Domane Al3).

    Travel documents

    You will receive before your departure by email your program day by day and your hotel list at each stage. An IGN map with your itinerary will be given on site at your first accommodation.

    Luggage transport

    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :

    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • We provide bicycle saddlebags for the things you shall need during the day.

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.
  • Practical information

  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: direct flight to Bastia from Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lille, Marseille and Bruxelles. Then, take a shuttle to Bastia city center (25min) or private transfer (surcharge).

    • By ferry: ferry crossing from Marseille (13h), Toulon (9h) or Nice (5h30).

    Departure from Calvi :

    • By plane: direct flight from Calvi to Paris, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Bruxelles and Geneva.

    • By train: direct train to Bastia (3h).

    • By ferry: ferry crossing from Bastia to Marseille (13h), Toulon (9h) or Nice (5h30).

    Private transfer possible to Calvi airport or Bastia (surcharge).

    Meeting time:

    Please give us your arrival time so that we can organize the delivery of bicycles.



























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