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Explore Corsica on a guided bike tour of the most beautiful French island in the Mediterranean Sea. Ride your bicycle from the Haute-Corse to the Corse-du-Sud, cycling by the towns of Calvi, Piana, Figari, Porto, Ajaccio, Pigna, Sant’Antonino, Levie and Bonifacio. Take a bike ride at the foot of craggy peaks, along glittering blue sea and among soaring mountains. Ride your bicycle to the Calanques de Piana and through the Scandola Nature Reserve. And try wild boar, seafood, fiadone and brocciu. With DIGnGO, cycling in Corsica is an adventure you’ll never forget.
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Meet your leaders in Calvi and shuttle 30 minutes away from the town to a delightful restaurant where you enjoy a light lunch and toast to a wonderful upcoming journey over a glass of Patrimonio.
To start the week, your leaders fit your bike before setting out for a wonderful first ride along the crystal blue Corsican coast toward the town of Calvi. Calvi is the rumoured birthplace of Christopher Columbus, said to be the son of a Corsican fisherman during the time of the Genovese rule of the area. Once in Calvi, check into your hotel for the night, the Hotel La Villa, where you experience accommodations truly fit for a king. Enjoy access to five different pools, including a 25-meter swimming area, as well as an authentic clay tennis court.
In the evening, you enjoy a sumptuous meal at the hotel’s restaurant courtesy of Chef Sebastien Sevellec, son of a fisherman from Brittany – the perfect introduction to Corsican cuisine at its finest and most flavorful.
Today’s Ride: 15 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing
Your second day in lovely Corsica begins with a light but delicious breakfast on the terrace while enjoying a spectacular view of the Bay of Calvi. After breakfast, you bike through La Balagne as part of a route colloquially known as “Strada degli Artigiani”, which translates to “the craftsmen’s route” and is named for the hardworking craftspeople that populate the area. Today, the area has been reinvigorated since its days of disrepair during the past century and is now home to many local artists including potters, painters, weavers, and bakers.
You coast into Sant Antonino, which is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful little hilltop towns in France, as well as one of the oldest Corsican villages thanks to its roots in the 9th century. The location for the village was originally chosen because of its natural defences, a prime concern for the first inhabitants of the area. Today, it’s beloved for its incredible views of the Balagne Plain, as well as the Bay of Calvi.
Later in the afternoon, you bike your way down to the hotel before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s Ride: 37 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing
Short Option: 16 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing
Long Option: 47 miles with 4,500 feet of climbing
Our third day in Corsica begins with a transfer to nearby Girolata just before we bike our way down to the village of Porto for a short visit and light lunch on your own.
This afternoon we continue riding along a winding road flanked by gorgeous red local granite that plunges straight down into the sea. This stretch of road between Porto and our destination of Piana is quite possible one of the most beautiful places we’ll see throughout the trip thanks to the magnificent, translucent water punctuated by offshore islets. The surrounding land is a terrific example of Corsican scrubland with its eagles, gulls, and other seabirds, all attracted by the abundance of indigenous sea life populating the fertile waters.
Later, you get into our minivan and travel to the nearby mountains and the fantastic auberge A Pignata. A Pignata is the private domain of the area’s Rocca-Serra family and is built of gorgeous local granite. Rooms are located on terraces above a gorgeous restaurant and the hotel facilities feature a heated pool and staggeringly beautiful views.
Dinner is at the aforementioned restaurant and consist of authentic Corsican comfort fare including fresh-made local cheese and charcuterie made from pigs raised on the surrounding property.
Today’s Ride: 32 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing
Short Option: 21 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing
On the morning of your fourth day in Corsica, you bid adieu to your hotel and make your way to the Col de Bavella, an amazing location overlooked by the majestic and noteworthy features. These include the sharp points of Aiguilles de Bavella (also known as the Bavella Needles). On the way keep your eyes peeled and you just might spot some of the wild mountain sheep indigenous to the region, as well as a possible scattering of local cows out to pasture. Marvel at the regal beauty of the surrounding pine forest, sweeping plateaus, and green valleys as well.
In the afternoon, begin an energizing downhill through beautiful forest before reaching the coast and the town of Bonifacio where your hotel for the next 2 nights is located.
Later on in the afternoon, you are treated to a wonderful history lesson thanks to our good friend Pierre who will tell you a variety of stories and facts about not only Bonifacio – including both the old town and upper city areas – but also the local citadels and fortifications. You’ll have a whole new appreciation for the way the town itself is precariously located on the lip of the natural cliff top, undercut by the briny blue ocean below.
In the evening either head to a restaurant recommended by your leaders or discover your own spot by strolling the old town’s cobblestones street and the lively harbor.
Today’s Ride: 34 miles with 4,300 feet of climbing
Short Option: 14 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing
Long Option: 60 miles with 5,400 feet of climbing
On the morning of your fifth day in Corsica, you trade your bikes for a jet ski and swimming near the Lavezzi islands. The Lavezzi islands include a cemetery dedicated to two hundred brave men who lost their lives when a boat known as the Semillante was caught in a storm just off the nearby coast.
You also admire Bonifacio from the sea as it is located a mere 11 km away from the Italian isle of Sardinia on a cliff hanging bravely majestically over the sea. In between, you pass a beautiful natural reserve that showcases the local flora and fauna at its best.
Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many restaurants in town before you jump on your bike and cycle to Piantarella, giving you the chance to enjoy a scenic ride.
Tonight you celebrate this week in Corsica with a delicious dinner in town, the perfect end to an amazing vacation you’ll never forget.
Today’s Ride: 16 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing
Long Option: 39 miles with 2,800 feet of climbing
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel Version Maquis one last time before meeting up with your trip leaders. From here, a short drive to the Figari airport marks the end of the tour and of this unforgettable trip through Corsica.
Thank you so much for all you did to make our bike trip such a great experience. We had a great time.
We count ourselves lucky to have traveled with you. Thank you for all your support.
First of all – thank you SO much for a wonderful, exciting… utterly fantastic cycling trip. We had a terrific time – so much so that we’re sending all our friends the link and recommendations on Facebook – hope they translate into business!
Cheers and deep gratitude.
Our cycling trip in Corsica was phenomenal. We had a great time with our phenomenal trip leaders, Franck and Mario. The best.
Thank you for the great hotels, great routes, great everything.