Sublime cycling on near deserted roads with idyllic warm sunny weather
7 night point to point cycle tour of Northern Corsica. The Corsica Northern Tour traces the island’s spectacularly beautiful coast road, before delving into the unspoiled forests and rustic mountain villages of the interior.
Fully supported with guide, following minibus and pro bike mechanic
No need for maps, leave the navigation to us
Proven tour with many satisfied guests, see below for their independent reviews
7 nights half-board accommodation in quality hotels
Dine together every night, al fresco typically in quaint harbour side settings
Includes transfers from Bastia airport – just get to Bastia, and we’ll do the rest
The typical day covers around 100km and 1000-1500m ascent. We will all ride as a group except possibly on the few significant climbs. On these occasions we will regroup periodically and always at the top. Our minibus will shadow the group with chilled water, High 5 energy gels & bars, fresh & dried fruit, Haribos, spare kit etc. Our mechanic is always close at hand to assist with mechanical issues should they occur.
Half-board accommodation is included throughout in exceptional cycle-friendly hotels with a typical Corsican 3 or 4 course dinner every evening and a substantial breakfast every morning (always with plenty of carbs).
We meet you at Bastia airport and transfer you to our hotel in Bastia town.
After assembling bikes we take a shakedown ride in the hills behind
A short afternoon ride enables you to settle in to the Corsican ambience. Apart from testing the bikes the shakedown ride lets us view the island from on high. The short route offers stunning views of the Eastern coastline and the Isle of Elba some 30km distant.
Day 2, Monday
110km & 1,400m ascent
Cycle the coast road around the perimeter of the Cap Corse
Lunch in the tiny fishing port at Centuri
Explore the picturesque village and tower at Nonza
Overnight stop at beach side hotel in St Florent
The tour proper begins in the bustling Bastia traffic but soon quietens down as we take the scenic coast road all the way round Cap Corse. The first 40km are gently undulating before we reach the only significant climb of the day with a rise to 350m before descending into Port Centuri for lunch. Suitably refreshed we continue to hug the coast as the road meanders southwards from cove to cove until we reach St Florent for our first overnight stop
Day 3, Tuesday
100km & 1,300m ascent
Ride across the wilderness of the Deserts des Agriates
Turn inland on the Routes des Artisans to explore some scenic villages in
the rolling hills of the Balagne
Descend back to the coast to our overnight stop in Calvi
Day 3 starts with a 40km ride over the barren Desert des Agriates (a 5000 hectare protected area of dense scrubland). After a coffee stop with a view to die for (we hope you don’t) we turn inland to discover the medieval villages of the Balagne. Known as the Route des Artisan the road links numerous fortified villages which have become populated by all manner of artists; from painters and jewellers to potters and sculptors. We will enjoy stunning views all the way down to the sea at Calvi for our second overnight stop.
Day 4, Wednesday
80km & 1,000m ascent
Quiet, minor road southwards, probably one of the most scenic coastal
routes of all time
Cycle beside the Golf de Porto, a UNESCO world heritage site,
Overnight in Porto just metres from the beach
We continue southwards on a deserted minor coast road which provides stunning views at almost every turn. Having made the modest climb to 400m over Col da Palmarella we work our way downwards once again to sea level at Porto in the beautiful Golfe de Porto which has been categorised by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
Day 5, Thursday – Optional Rest day
25km & 500m ascent (optional)
Explore the local coves and beaches by foot or just relax by the hotel
Optional ride to Piana with opportunity to take a short hike to view Les
Callanche, strange formations of massive eroded rocks
Second night in Porto
Today offers a choice to either relax around the hotel or may be take a walk along the beach and explore the local terrain. For those keen to ride there is the option to take the 13km climb up to Piana (500m ascent, 10-12% max). From here is the possibility to hike to view Les Calanche, a natural wonder of eroded rock formations where the colour of the granite apparently changes from orange to red as the day passes
Day 6, Friday
85km & 1,800m ascent
Venture inland over the backbone of Corsica
Steady climb to nearly 1500m on deserted mountain roads
Overnight near to Corte, the once Corsica capital.
We now turn inland to cross over the spine of the island. Our route takes a quiet mountain road which rises steadily for 35km peaking at 1457m at Col de Vergio. We’ll break the climb halfway with a coffee stop at the only habitation in the little village of Evisa. As the road descends down into the wild hinterland we pass through pine forests and then into a rocky gorge. There is one final short, sharp climb before descending into Corte for our overnight stop.
Day 7, Saturday
110km & 1,100m ascent
Explore the minor roads of the inner island
Cycle through the olive groves and chestnut forests of the Castagniccia
Descend back into civilisation and on to Bastia
Overnight in Bastia
Having left Corte we enjoy an easy ride down to Ponte Leccia before beginning the last climb of the tour. lt’s a pretty ascent mostly on a deserted narrow back road through olive groves to the summit at Col de Prato before descending through chestnuts forests all the way down to the east coast. The final run in to Bastia is virtually pan flat all the way.
Day 8, Sunday
We take you to Bastia airport for your flight home
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