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Road bike FranceTOUR OF CORSICA A stunning road bike tour of the "island of beauty"

Simply one of the most beautiful road bike tours in France... Discover the amazing scenery that this Mediterranean island, called the "island of beauty", has to offer. Simply unbelievable landscapes await you along the roads switching between the coast and the mountains. Discover the fiercely proud locals, their traditional villages, cuisine and handicrafts. An unforgettable trip!

Tour with assistance vehicle: from 1045€ - Details Duration : 7 days | Level : Customer satisfaction : - 0 reviews
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Highlights

  • Beautiful mountain passes with stunning views of the sea and the mountains
  • The traditional Corsican cuisine
  • Narrow quiet roads through the wild, unspoilt back country...

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  • This trip exists in 2 versions (2 and 3 wheels).
  • Each day you can choose between two different itineraries (V2 or V3), with varying distances and profiles.
  • Special offers available for groups. Please contact us for a quote.

Day 1 : From Bastia into the Balagne

Itinerary start : rendezvous with organization team is fixed on day 1 at 8am in Bastia. On demand we can book for you one night in Bastia for the previous day. 

This first stage starts from Bastia and heads westwards up over the Col de Teghime. From here you have a great view over Bastia and the region to the south. The view also extends to the west and over to the magnificent bay of St-Florent. The road sweeps downhill from here, through Patrimonio, a region known for its vineyards (a quick stop to taste a few good wines is not a bad idea). You will then cross St-Florent and ride through the Corsican desert (le désert des Agriates), before reaching the small villages of the Balagne, on the northwest coast. Night stop in Calvi.

Total distance and altitude gain :

  • 2 wheels : approx. 115 km / 2000 m
  • 3 wheels : approx. 140 km / 2450 m
Day 2 : Calvi to the bay of Porto

The itinerary follows the coastal road along crystal clear waters, and offers some stunning views. The major climb of the day is the Col de PalmarellaAfter the "Col de la Croix", through a few typical villages, you will reach Porto and its famous Genoese tower. If you want to, you can ride up to the "Calanques de Piana" (an extraordinary rock formation, UNESCO world heritage).

Total distance and altitude gain :

  • 2 wheels : approx. 80 km (105 km with Calanques of Piana  / 2000 m
  • 3 wheels : approx. 140 km / 2450 m
Day 3 : through the Spelunca gorges to the heart of Corsica

Leaving Porto and the coast, todays stage leads you through stunning gorges into the Aïtone-forest and up to the highest road pass of the island, the Col de Vergio. Don't be surprised to see some pigs, cows, goats or other wildlife on your way.
A long downhill awaits you (the twisty and narrow Scala Santa Regina is just pure pleasure!), before crossing Corte (where the island's university is located) and finally reaching the region of Venaco.

Total distance and altitude gain :

  • 2  and 3 wheels : approx. 115 km / 3000 m
Day 4 : Corte to the bay of Propriano

The day starts with the Col de Vizzavonafollowed by a short fast downhill, before climbing again, up the beautiful Col de ScalellaFurther on the route undulates through some tiny villages (some of them known for their prehistorical vestiges). Todays accomodation offers you a great view over the bay of Propriano, and after a long day on your bike you can enjoy a cold drink watching the sunset!

Total distance and altitude gain :

  • 2 wheels : approx. 110 km / 2300 m
  • 3 wheels : approx. 145 km / 2500 m
Day 5 : from the Propriano bay to the Coscione plateau

Today you will cross the Alta Rocca region, with its old historical villages, olive trees and mills. From the village of Zonza, the fittest will take the climb up to the famous Col de BavellaThe views over the Bavella needles are just amazing! Then it continues to undulate until the Col de la Vaccia (1195m) and a gentle descent to our overnight stop.

Total distance and altitude gain :

  • 2 wheels : approx. 95 km / 2400 m
  • 3 wheels : approx. 115 km / 2800 m
Day 6 : from the Coscione to the historical capital of Corsica

You have a few km to warm up before attacking the 1st climb of the 3 this stage has to offer; the Col de VerdeA beautiful road through the Verde-forest followed by the next uphill section, up the superb Col de SorbaThe views are just wonderful! But keep your eyes on the road during the long and twisty descent. The next pass is a bit easier and also offers unique views over the Corsican countryside. Down again on a superb and twisty road, before rolling the last few km into Corte, historical capital of the island.

Total distance and altitude gain :

  • 2  and 3 wheels : approx. 80 km / 1750 m
Day 7 : Corte - Bastia

Deep through the villages of the Castagniccia, todays stage leads you into this area known for its old chapels, natural water sources and centuries old chestnut trees. That's pure nature!! Keep your eyes peeled for the "Milan Royal" (a local bird of prey) flying gracefully through the sky. Soon you will reach the east coast again, and Bastia is not much further.

Total distance and altitude gain :

  • 2  and 3 wheels : approx. 105 km / 2150 m

Itinerary end The trip ends in Bastia around 4pm. On demand we can book for you one supplementary night in Bastia.

The given length (Km) and altitude difference (m) are given as reference and can slightly change depending on unpredictable local conditions

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