Walking and active holidays in Corsica

Cycling around the Cap Corse

Cycling Holidays 8 days / 7 nights

Level 1 2 3 4

Point to Point - 6 days cycling
Comfortable 2 & 3* Hotels
Starting from 900 €
  • Wonderful scenery around the Cap Corse
  • Authentic hotels with a friendly welcome
  • Self guided cycling with luggage transfers
  • Maccinaggio, Centuri, Nonza, Saint Florent

This gentler biking holiday explores the magnificent Cap Corse, this "Island within an Island". A superb landscape that offers a lot that is typical to Corsica. With leisurely distances to cover with panoramic views at every turn, this is sure to please with stunning riding from village to village. You stay in Comfortable accommodation in lost villages, whilst enjoying this beautiful and wild region, in the saddle.

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Day 1 - Bastia

Arrive in Bastia and check into your central hotel before exploring the town, the market place and the old streets behind the harbour. If hiring a bike, this afternoon or early tomorrow you can take a short walk to the bike hire shop collect your bike before cycling back to the hotel.

Day 2 - Bastia to Saint Florent

Today is a short but sharp climb, up and over the Col de Teghime, with a panorama over both the east and west coasts of Corsica. A real birdseye view! Drop down pass the vineyards of Patrimonio to the seaside town of Saint Florent. Saint Florent is called the Corsican “St Trop” with glitz yachts in the harbour and a lively quayside with restaurants and bars. A comfortable hotel by the sea is your stop tonight.

30km, +600m, -600m

Day 3 - Saint Florent to Canari

From your nightstop you are heading to the village of Canari, on the cap. With the sea on your left you are heading up the West coast. The road clings to the every higher sea cliffs, passing tiny ports all the way to Nonza, be sure to stop and discover the village. Nonza is a beauty, with a perched tower and a remarkable black pebble beach far below. The road continues on, clinging to these very mineral cliffs before arriving in the hamlets that make up the village of Canari.

30km, +600m, -400m

Day 4 - Canari to Centuri

Setting out from Canari, your views become ever wilder, the maquis covered hillside, and the deep blue of the sea far below the road. Rounding cornice through the rocks on the fabulous Monte Minerviu this is some of the wildest and rugged coastline in Corsica. You soon arrive at Pino village, a sleepy place with beautiful buildings including Maisons Americaines, Convent and a Pisan tower. The road continues towards the village of Centuri and your hotel for tonight.

31km, +700m, -500m

Day 5 - Centuri to Maccinaggio

Centuri is a beautiful Cap Corse fishing harbour, where fresh fish are landed daily, and the village seems lost in time. After making the climb out of the village you pass the Moulin Mattei, before rounding the top of the Cap Corse, with views out to the island of Giraglia and then the Tuscan Archipelago. You drop down to the village of Maccinagio and the busy pleasure port, for the end of the day. Your hotel tonight is a comfortable hotel with a pool.

20km, +750m, -750m

Day 6 - Maccinaggio to Bastia

An easy day heading south along the flatter east coast, the headlands punctuated with Genoese watchtowers, with pretty villages nestled next to small beaches and vine covered slopes. The harbours are more open to the sea, on this more sheltered coast and the landscape has changed dramatically. It is an easy ride back to Bastia, past Meria, Pietracorbara, Sisco & finally the artists village of Erbalunga. Arrive back in Bastia and your comfortable central hotel.

37km, +350m, -350m

Day 7 – Bastia

Relax in Bastia, or head around the Etang de Biguglia and see the flamingos in this beautiful salt water lake. Then return your bike and explore the town and citadelle, if you want to take it easy enjoy a nice meal or people watch on the Place St Nicolas.

Day 8 - Bastia

Holiday ends after breakfast. Extra nights available.

This itinerary is correct at time of publication. Should situations arise that are beyond our control, such as severe weather conditions, or other such factors that could put your safety at risk, the itinerary may be modified.

Departures everyday from May until the end October.

Please select your departure date in the calender below to see the price and click on the button to the right to make a reservation.

Prices : €900pp (May, June, September & October) €980pp (July & August)

Supplements/Discounts

Bike hire available in Bastia. Please ask for details.

Price includes

B&B accommodation, Dinner on 3 nights, luggage transfers between hotels, the dossier containing your maps, route notes, GPX details, and all necessary details needed for your holiday.

Price does not include

Dinner on 4 nights, Transfer to Bastia (available at a supplement), unscheduled transfers, drinks, picnics, extra activities, holiday insurance. Road bike hire available.

Starts

At your first hotel in Bastia.

Ends

At your hotel in Bastia after breakfast.

Access

Bastia airport or port.

Accommodation

Accommodation

  • Hotels***, Chambres d'Hôtes, in a twin/double room, please request at time of reservation.
  • Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter, jam).
  • Evening meals nights 3, 4 & 5 (based on local specialties, including a starter, a main course and a dessert).

Should you have any food allergies, special requests or dietry requirements, please advise at time of booking.

Number of participants

Reservations for minimum of 2 participants. NB. For safety reasons we do not accept solo cycle reservations on Self-Guided trips.

Level

Moderate. Involves longer uphill stretches, generally from 4-6 hours a day. The nature of the terrain presents little technical difficulty but some previous hill cycling experience is useful. The ascents will vary from 400m to 800m altitude gain per day. See our level ratings.

Guiding

Self-Guided Biking. We provide you with a Travel Dossier complete with IGN Top 100 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.

Luggage transfers

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