Walking and active holidays in Corsica

South Corsica by bike

Cycling Holidays 8 days / 7 nights

Level 1 2 3 4

Point to Point - 7 days cycling
Comfortable 3* Hotels
Starting from 990 €
  • Explore the beaches of South Corsica
  • Self-guided road cycling
  • Comfortable hotels en-route
  • Propriano, Bonifacio, Porto Vecchio

This bike tour will show you the highlights of South Corsica, around the coast then up through the mountainous heart. Starting in the seaside town of Propriano, the trip initially discovers the Valinco Golf and the villages of Campomoro and Tizzano, a land of history, before arriving at Sartene, the most Corsican of Corsican towns. From here you travel down the west coast, all the way to Corsica’s southernmost town, Bonifacio. After Bonifacio, you travel up to the beaches of Porto Vecchio and the citadelle of this chic town, before climbing up through the Ospedale forest to the foot of Bavella. After a ride through the Alta Rocca, you return to Propriano for well deserved relaxation by the sea.

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Day 1 - Arrive Propriano

Arrive in Propriano, transferring to your seaside hotel in the heart of town. Check into your hotel before exploring the town and the harbour. Road Bike hire possible in Propriano.

Day 2 - Propriano to Sartene

From your nightstop in Propriano, you take the road to Campomoro, home of some great beaches and the largest Genoese tower on the island. Heading inland on little used roads, you arrive at the moody town of Sartene, the most Corsican of Corsican towns, with its high intimidating granite buildings, commanding the valley. Night in a central hotel, dinner in a local restaurant.

47km, +1050m, -750m.

Day 3 - Sartene to Bonifaico

A beautiful ride winding through maquis covered hills before the long stretch along the south west coast. Pass the Roccapina lion and the road opens up, with views across to neighbouring Sardinia, and a wind sculpted coastline of smooth white rocks. This is easy riding all the way to the perched clifftop town at the tip of Corsica, Bonifacio. Night in a comfortable central hotel in Bonifacio.

55km, +700m, -1000m.

Day 4 - Bonifacio to Porto Vecchio

After leaving the citadelle of Bonifacio you are heading cross country pass drystone walls and fields back to Porto Vecchio. You will pass the legendary beaches of Roccapina, Palombaggia and Santa Giulia before passing the salt marshes that made the town rich, long before tourism arrived. Night in a central hotel in town.

51km, +450m, -450m.

Day 5 - Porto Vecchio to Zonza

Today you head up through the Ospedale forest to the mountain village of Zonza, nestled beneath the needles of mighty Bavella. The village is buzzing with activity in the summer, with walkers and cyclists alike. For the more adventurous, head up to the Bavella col, before an easy downhill and a dip in the pool. Night in a comfortable hotel in the village, dinner in a local restaurant.

59km, +1630m, -900m.

Day 6 - Zonza to Propriano

From your nightstop in Zonza you will discover many villages of the Alta Rocca; Quenza, Serra di Scopamena, St Lucie de Tallano, each very different but disctinctly Corsican. The roads lead down past the Cavello bridge, through some of the Sartenais vineyards and along the Rizzanese before arriving at the shabby chic of Propriano. Night in a hotel by the sea.

57km, +750m, -1500m.

Day 7 - Around Propriano

For an extra day cycling, take the road to Porto Pollo and the Menhirs at Filitosa, on your way back have a stop at one of the many coves on this coast of the Golfe of Valinco, before heading back to Propriano. Night in a hotel by the sea.

40km, +280m, -280m.

Day 8 - Propriano

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.

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Supplements/Discounts

Bike hire available in Porto Vecchio. Please ask for details.

Price includes

B&B accommodation, (evening meal on day 5), luggage transfers between hotels, the dossier containing your maps, route notes and all necessary details needed for your holiday.

Price does not include

Transfer to and from Propriano (available at a supplement), unscheduled transfers, drinks, picnics, extra activities, holiday insurance, bike hire.

Starts

At your first hotel in Propriano.

Ends

At your hotel in Propriano after breakfast.

Access

Ajaccio airport or port, Propriano port, Figari airport.

Accommodation
  • Hotel 3* and 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 5 (based on local specialties, including a starter, a main course and a dessert).

Should you have any food allergies, dietary requirements or special requests, 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 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 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.