Loop in  South Corsica. You will leave the coast for the mountains via typical mountain villages before heading back to the sea. 

From Propriano, you will discover the coast of the extreme south before exploring the winding mountain roads in the heart of the Alta Rocca region. On the agenda: the cities of Sartène, Bonifacio, Porto-Vecchio, the small villages of Zonza and Aullène, some of the most beautiful beaches, large forests, impenetrable maquis and countless panoramic views.

Highlights

  • Sartène, Bonifacio, Porto-Vecchio, Zonza
  • Private or hire bike
  • Point to Point - 5 days cycling
  • ** and *** Hotels 
  • Start and end in Propriano
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Type of holidays
Cycling
Accesses
Porto-Vecchio / Figari
Propriano
Level
3 - Challenging
Carrying
Without bags

Itinerary

Day 1

Propriano

Nestled at the heart of the Gulf of Valinco, the small seaside town of Propriano is surrounded by many sandy beaches where water activities, boat trips and discovery of cultural and historical heritage are possible. After your stay at the hotel, you can explore the bustling port of the city and enjoy the sunset.

Night
Night in Propriano
Day 2

Propriano to Sartène

The route takes the road of the beaches, which leads to the tower of Campomoro (paying site - walk of 1 hour), then winds through the hinterland in the heart of a thick and green maquis, crossing some hamlets of stones, before joining "the Corsican city of Corsica", Sartène.

Distance
47 km
Ascent / descent
+1050 m / -750 m
Night
Night in Sartène
Day 3

Sartène to Bonifacio

The small road zigzags through high mountains before tipping into the Ortolo Valley. The straight road stretches to reach the site of Roccapina and its "Lion", which offers one of the most beautiful panoramas of the island with the Bouches de Bonifacio. 

Distance
55 km
Ascent / descent
+700 m / -1000 m
Night
Night in Bonifacio
Day 4

Bonifacio to Porto-Vecchio

The great city of Bonifacio is planted on high chalk cliffs and overlooks the sea. The coastal road offers magnificent views, enchanting places, some of the most beautiful beaches, before joining the city of salt. 

Distance
51 km
Ascent / descent
+450 m / -450 m
Night
Night in Porto Vecchio
Day 5

Porto-Vecchio to Zonza

The route leaves the broad plain of Coste Verde to climb through the cork oaks and maritime pines, overlooking the gulfs of Porto-Vecchio and Sardinia, before reaching the forest of Ospedale and its lake, the village of Zonza, then the Bavella Pass and its famous needles.

Distance
59 km
Ascent / descent
+1630 m / -900 m
Night
Night in Zonza
Day 6

Zonza to Propriano

A wonderful day through the granite villages of Alta Rocca. Along the way, you can take a walk through the past along the heritage trails and then switch to the sumptuous Rizzanese Valley before arriving back into Propriano. 

Distance
57 km
Ascent / descent
+750 m / -1500 m
Night
Night in Propriano
Day 7

Propriano

Relaxing day on one of the beaches that surround the city, meet the winemakers, or hit the road to discover the most beautiful beaches on the coast that lead to Porto-Pollo on the north shore of the Gulf of Valinco.

Distance
40 km
Ascent / descent
+280 m / -280 m
Night
Night in Propriano
Day 8

End of stay in Propriano

Holiday ends after breakfast.

Programs have been drawn up according to the latest information available at the time of writing: imponderables are always possible and situations beyond our control may alter the course of the program.

Dates and prices

Departures everyday from May until the end October.

Please select your departure date from the calendar below to find out the rate and begin your booking.

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Price includes

Accommodation including breakfast, internal transfers, luggage assistance, trip  dossier containing your maps, route notes and access to our guidance application. 

Price does not include

5€/ person reservation fee, dinners, travel insurance, drinks, picnics, site visits, travel to Corsica, bike hire. 

Supplements/Discounts

Bike hire: contact us for a quote.  

Hotel Upgrade: Superior category hotel supplement (except Sartène and Porto Vecchio) : 185 € / person in low season and 330 € / person in high season (July - August).

Insurance

We offer comprehensive multi-risk insurance specifically adapted to our adventure trips (contract no. 7482 Assurinco). The rates are as follows: 4.00% of the price of the trip for French residents, 6% of the price of the trip for residents from the European Union (EU) outside France. For non-EU residents, the rate is €90 per person. See insurance details.

Group discount

Groups of 3 people or more can benefit from a discount. Please contact us for details.

Technical informations

Starts

At your hotel in Propriano.

Ends

In Propriano, after breakfast.

Access

Figari Airport or Porto Vecchio port. If you arrive into Bastia or Ajaccio, please ask for details of transport connections.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in double/ twin rooms: 1 night in ** Hotel (Bonifacio) and 6 nights in *** Hotels (Propriano, Sartène, Porto-Vecchio and Zonza).
  • Superior category hotels available at extra cost.
  • Single room supplement to be requested when booking.

Meal

Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter, jam).

Guiding

Self-Guided Biking. We provide you with a Travel Dossier complete with IGN map and Topoguide created by our team. During your bike tour our 24-hour assistance service will also be able to answer all your questions and, if necessary, bring you useful tips for the smooth running of your stay.

Number of participants

Reservations for minimum of 2 participants.

Level

Challenging - TGood physical condition required. You practice 2 or 3 hours of sport per week and already have experience of the activity. Stages of 40 km to 70 km per day. Maximum cumulative altitude difference 1500 m per day. Requires cycling experience to manage effort.

Luggage transfers

You need to carry a small day sack only with a water bottle, camera, picnic and wind jacket. The main luggage will be transported by vehicle between the different accommodations.

The digital roadbook

Once you have confirmed your holiday, you can download our application. It's easy to use and it offers a number of functionalities:

  • Precise route guidance with alerts in the event of deviations.
  • View your starting point, accommodation, current position, mileage.
  • Discover points of interest via interactive content with descriptions, photos and audio. 
  • In an emergency, send an SOS alert with your GPS coordinates. 
  • Contact function to share messages, photos and videos with our team during your stay.

Extensions

Take advantage of a stay extension during your tour with Corsica Aventure.

If you'd like to discover Corsica before or after your holiday, our team can offer you ideas for accommodation and activities. If you prefer to arrive a few days earlier or extend your stay for a few days, we can book your extra nights on the island, depending on your arrival city.

Here are a few hotels we recommend for those of you who would rather organise their extra days themselves:  

Ajaccio

  • Hôtel Le Dauphin 2*/ Tél : 04 95 21 12 94.
  • Hôtel Kalliste 3* / Tél : 04 95 51 34 45.
  • Hôtel Albion 3* / Tél : 04 95 21 66 70.
  • Hôtel San Carlu 3* / Tél : 04 95 21 13 84.

Propriano

  • Hôtel Bellevue / Tél : 04 95 76 01 86.
  • Gîte-hôtel U Fracintu / Tél : 04 95 76 15 05.

Porto

  • Hôtel Kallisté / Tél : 04 95 26 10 30.
  • Hôtel Le Belvédère / Tél : 04 95 26 12 01.
  • Hôtel Le Méditerranée / Tél : 04 95 26 10 27.

Piana

  • Hôtel Les Calanques / Tél : 04 95 27 82 08.
  • Hôtel Les Roches Rouges / Tél : 04 95 27 81 81.

Calvi 

  • Hôtel Belvédère 3* / Tél : 04 95 65 01 25.
  • Hôtel Les Arbousiers 2* / Tél : 04 95 65 04 47.
  • Hôtel Christophe Colomb 3* / Tél : 04 95 65 06 04.
  • Hôtel Balanea 3* / Tél : 04 95 65 94 94.

Bastia

  • Best Western Montecristo Bastia / Tél : 04 95 55 05 10.

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Reviews for Alta Rocca and South Corsica Cycling

4 reviews
(4)

All the accommodation was very good....

Tracy 24/09/2023Alta Rocca and South Corsica Cycling

Very good experience, good welcome, quality bike, I recommend it. Very serious and professional agency.

Henry 21/09/2023Alta Rocca and South Corsica Cycling

As far as the organisation was concerned, nothing went wrong, everything was perfect....

Luis 11/06/2023Alta Rocca and South Corsica Cycling

We can't recommend this trip enough! The variety between the coast and the mountains is astonishing!

Lisa 23/05/2023Alta Rocca and South Corsica Cycling

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