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Corsica: the best cycling holidays - Ajaccio to Calvi in 7 days

Corsica: the best cycling holidays - Ajaccio to Calvi in 7 days

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Starting from the capital city of Corsica, famous Ajaccio, where the likes of Tino Rossi or Napoleon Bonaparte were born, you will gradually cycle up to the North of Corsica upon getting to Calvi.
Remaining on the beautiful western coast of Corsica, you will enjoy some of the best cycling paths of the island whilst discovering the sheer beauty of this unique island.
Blending your passion for cycling and the discovery of the Corsican customs, traditions, history and gastronomy, riding through cities and typical villages such as Ajaccio, Cargèse, Porto, Galeria and Calvi is blissful: bike, sun and sea!
Let yourself be amazed by this incredible island, calledthe "Island of beauty" : a perfect destination to enjoy active holidays!

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  • Cycling on scenic coastal road, along the jagged red cliffs of the western coast
  • Discover of Corsica’s prettiest villages, and wild beaches all along the route
  • Ajaccio, the charming main city of Corsica
  • Cargèse, a beautiful village famous for its two churches
  • The Calanches of Piana: the most spectacular road and its incredible geological formation
  • Porto, its wonderful gulf of Porto and its quaint seaside village
  • Galéria, its bay and beautiful sandy beaches 
  • Calvi, its citadel, cultural heritage and Corsican "art-of-living"
  • Day 4 + Day 5 - Extra walk Options : along the "postman trail" , and in the Spelunca canyon

Day 1

You arrival in Ajaccio

Ajaccio + cycling + spot + corsica

  • Start your trip in Ajaccio, the Capital city of Corsica! Night in Ajaccio.

  • How to get to Ajaccio:
    . Airport: regular flights and low-cost airlines from Paris, Nice, Marseille to Calvi, Ajaccio, Bastia 
    . Corsica ferry : regular ferry from Nice (corsica ferries) and Marseille (Corsica Linea, La meridionale)

  • We recommend: spend an extra night in the heart of Ajaccio, the most important city in Corsica and birthplace of the most famous Corsican man: Napoleon Bonaparte! Wandering in its old city centre, visiting its citadel and irs quaint streets where restaurants and bars animate the nocturnal life of this relaxed city.
  • Market every day except on Monday in Ajaccio

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 51 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 820m
      - 740m

From Ajaccio to Cargèse

cargèse + self +guided +cycling +vacations +corsica

  • Ajaccio > Cargèse (31 miles) 
  • You leave Ajaccio by bike, following the coastline. Soon, you attack the most difficult section of the entire western coast, with percentages of up to 12% (though short), inland on the D61 road. The commercial landscapes of Ajaccio quickly gives way to a "maquis" vegetation of aromatic herbs before reaching the bay of Sagone (lots of restaurants here). The final push to Cargèse on the coastal road is the most scenic, winding along the jagged coastline to one of Corsica’s prettiest villages.   
  • Night in Cargèse

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 31 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 610m
      - 680m

From Cargèse to Porto

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  • Cargèse > Porto (19 miles)
  • Leaving Cargèse you climb inland for 10km through a maquis-laden and remote valley, gaining almost 500m in altitude from sea level. You reach a pass before descending into the village of Piana, listed among the most beautiful villages in all of France. Beyond Piana you head through the sheer granite cliffs of the Calanches de Piana, quite possibly the most spectacular road on the entire island, hovering vertiginously above a chaos of red rock formations that dive into the seas. You then freewheel down to the port-town of Porto, surrounded by the jagged red cliffs of the western coast.      
  • Night in Porto

Day 4

    • Distance :
    • 19 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 450m
      - 450m

From Porto to the mountains of Evisa and the Vergio pass

  • The rideIn an otherwise rocky and brush-laden island, this is an incursion into a verdant and spectacular valley, where the only traffic jams on the road are due to cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, and even donkeys.
    Before reaching the perched village of Ota, we highly recommend an optionnal hike through the spectacular Spelunca gorge, tightly encased below towering granite cliffs, with plenty of natural pools for a scenic and refreshing swim. If your cycling legs are up to it, you can also continue your gradual climb up to the authentic village of Evisa or even the Col de Vergio road pass: Corsica’s highest… 
  • Option 1 - Easy to Moderate - 19km, 11miles, +450m/-450m
    Porto loop ride:  Porto > Ota > Porto
  • Option 2 - Moderate - 34km, 21 miles, +1000m/-1000m
    Porto loop ride : Porto > Evisa > Ota > Porto 
  • Option 3 -  Challenging - 46 km, 29 miles, +1640m/1640m
    Porto loop ride : Porto > Evisa > vergio pass > Ota > Porto   
  • Optionnal hike in the Spelunca gorge: add 2 hours of hiking through the gorge, with several swimming opportunities along the path. The Speclunca goege is certainly one of the best path to walk on in Corsica! 
  • Night in Porto

Day 5

    • Distance :
    • 50 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 680m
      - 680m

From Porto to Galeria

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  • Porto > Galeria (31 miles) 
  • Leaving Porto, you continue northbound along the coastal road, hanging spectacularly above the Mediterranean. You pass the sleepy villages of Partinello and Curzo before reaching the "Col de la Croix":
    Extra walk option : here a possible out-and-back hike (1 ½ hours) along the "Sentier du Facteur = postman trail" leads to a hidden beach for a swim.
    Beyond the Col de la Croix the road heads down into a secluded valley, and reach the Bocca di Palmarella pass at just over 400m before a long, winding, and very scenic descent to Galeria.
  • Night in  Galéria. 

Day 6

    • Distance :
    • 37 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 500m
      - 500m

From Galéria to Calvi

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  • Galéria > Calvi (22 miles)
  • From Galeria, you pedal northbound on a remote, coastal road, winding with gradual climbs and descents with constant sea views. The stone beach at Argentella (km14) can provide a swim break, with a restaurant along the way. Just before entering Calvi, if you can muster the courage to take a detour to Notre Dame de la Serra chapel, you’ll be rewarded with outstanding views of the bay of Calvi. 
  • Night in Calvi

Day 7

End of your Corsican adventure

cycling in corsica

  • End of your trip in Calvi, after breakfast. Bye bye Corsica! 

  • Return from Calvi:
    . Airport: regular flights and low-cost airlines from Paris, Nice, Marseille to Calvi, Ajaccio, Bastia 
    . Corsica ferry : regular ferry from Nice ( corsica ferries) and Marseille ( Corsica Linea, La meridionale)

  • We recommend: have an extra night in Calvi and explore its beautiful citadel perched on a rocky spur , its pretty cobbled streets. You will enjoy the great views of the coast, and the beaches nearby. A great combination of historical centre, traditions and beaches! Contact us!
  • Experience the rest of Corsica, from Calvi: we would be happy to propose some beautiful extra walks and hikes from Calvi
  • SELF GUIDED TOUR : 
    - The rates are per person, based on a double-bedded room (1 bed) 
    - Sup for a twin-bedded room (2 beds) in some hotels 
  • GUIDED DAY - A fixed rate: the price is the same from 1 to 4 participants with one guide 
     The rate for the guided day remains the same no matter if you are 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 persons 
  • BOTH are subject to availability
  • Go to the TRIP INFO section below :
    - to check the minimum person BASIS of this trip
    - to check the single room ( 1 pers. ) supplement
    - if you're travelling SOLO: please contact us

Sup per period
    • Unavailable
    • Low
    • Medium + 80€
    • High + 170€

Choose your level of comfort according to your wish & budget !

> For a single room ( 1 pers. ) a single supplement will be charged
> See in our TRIP INFO section
> Keep in mind that your trip is always subject to availability

  • Hotel Marengo ** - Ajaccio

    Hotel Marengo ** - Ajaccio

    Hotel Marengo is a small and cosy family-run hotel, set in a traditionnal house-villa, with a quiet flowered terracce.
    It is located in the historical center of Ajaccio, a few steps from the beach. 
    Every room has air conditioning.

  • Hotel Punta e Mare ** - Cargèse

    Hotel Punta e Mare ** - Cargèse

    The hotel is a quiet and peaceful 2* hotel, with a lovely flowered garden where you will enjoy your breakfast in the morning.
    It is located closed to the village center of Cargese, 1 km from the port, and 2 km from the sand beach of Pero.

  • Hotel Ideal ** - Porto

    Hotel Ideal ** - Porto

    Located in the heart of the village of Porto, the Hotel Ideal is located at 10 minutes walking from the beach.
    The hotel has a beautiful view on the Gulf of Porto and its Genovese towers.
    You will enjoy the outdoor swimming pool and the air-conditioned rooms with views on the sea or mountains.

  • Hotel Stella Marina *** - Galéria

    Hotel Stella Marina *** - Galéria

    The hotel Stella Maria is located right in front of the port, and the beach of the village of Galeria. All rooms comes with a sea view. You will enjoy the heated swimming pool, and the beautiful terrace overlooking the sea shore.
    The restaurant offers a traditionnal cuisine made of local products.

  • Hotel Il Tramonto ** - Calvi

    Hotel Il Tramonto ** - Calvi

    The Hotel IL TRAMONTO **is a family-run establishment, with a friendly atmosphere, recently renovated and carefully redecorated and equipped with air-conditioning. 

    Located on the coast road to Porto, in front of the sea and the magnificent point of Révellata, it is only 700 meters away from the city center of Calvi and of its majestic citadel.

  • Hotel San Carlu *** - Ajaccio

    Hotel San Carlu *** - Ajaccio

     
    The hotel SAN CARLU  was built in 1970 on the ruins of the house of Napoleon’s child minder, facing the citadel ramparts in the St Charles quarter, name of a bishop of Corsica and Sardegna during the XVth century. All rooms have air-conditioning

    The hotel could not be better located for a perfect discovery of Ajaccio : in the heart of the historical quarter, 50 meters from the beach and the port, surrounded by restaurants and cafes, shopping streets, two steps away from the central market, as well as all the high points of Ajaccio’s history.

  • Hotel Bel Mare *** - Cargèse

    Hotel Bel Mare *** - Cargèse

    The hotel BELMARE has a exceptionnal panoramic view on the sea and the gulf of Cargese, where you will enjoy your breakfast and dinner. 
    It is located a few steps away from the center of the village, and a direct trail leads you from the hotel to a lovely creek by the sea. 
    You will be warmly welcomed by Thierry in this family-run hotel. All rooms have a beautiful sea view.
    You will enjoy the panoramic restaurant - famous among locals with a traditionnal local cuisine-  and the sun terrace.

  • Hotel Kalliste *** - Porto

    Hotel Kalliste *** - Porto

    Located in the heart of Piana, by the sea and just 200 metres from creeks of Piana, the Hotel Kalliste is a 3* hotel with a great panoramic outdoor swimming pool.

    You will enjoy its terrace and garden, and its on-site bar overlooking the gulf of Porto and its genovese tower.

  • Hotel Palazzu *** - Galéria

    Hotel Palazzu *** - Galéria

    Located just 100m (5mn!) from the beach of Galéria, the Hotel-Residence Palazzu is in the heart of the small coastal village. 

    Yo will enjoy the outdooor swimming pool, and the restaurant that proposes a home-made local cuisine. All rooms have air-conditioning.

    For those that choose the CHARMING level of accommodatio, you will have a room with a balcony/terrace and sea view.

  • Hotel Mariana *** - Calvi

    Hotel Mariana *** - Calvi

    The hotel welcomes you in a cosy and family atmosphere.The rooms have been newly refurbished and redecorated.

    Located at the top of a hill, the hotel has an ideal position in Calvi : 5mn walking from the city center. The panaromic rooftop gives you an exceptionnal vantage point over the bay of Calvi. 

    You will enjoy the swimming pool, and the spa.

  • Hotel Cala di Sole *** - Ajaccio

    Hotel Cala di Sole *** - Ajaccio

    Set along the quiet coastline  - 8km from Ajaccio, the hotel Cala di Sole is a charming hotel that stands right on the Med coast, with a beautiful view on the "Sanguinaires" islands.
    It boats a swimming pool and has its own private sandy beach, away from the bustle of the capital.
    You will enjoy the breakfast on the restaurant terrace, set just above by the beach. 

  • Hotel Les Lentisques *** - Cargèse

    Hotel Les Lentisques *** - Cargèse

    Hotel Les Lentisques *** is happy to welcome you for a stay full of charm. 
    Located in a peacuful and protected environment, the hotel is 800m away from the centre of the village of 
    Cargèse and only 100m from the beautiful beach of Pero, accessible by a private road. 
    You will e
    njoy the tranquility of the place for a relaxing stay: swimming pool, large garden, private beach access. 

  • Hotel Costa Rossa *** - Porto

    Hotel Costa Rossa *** - Porto

    The hotel Costa Rossa is a 3* hotel located 300 m from Porto costal town centre, and 700 m from Porto Beach.
    All rooms have its private terrace with a panoramic view, and equipped with air-conditioning.
    You will enjoy the outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a eucalyptus forest.

  • Hotel Palazzu *** - Galéria

    Hotel Palazzu *** - Galéria

    Located just 100m (5mn!) from the beach of Galéria, the Hotel-Residence Palazzu is in the heart of the small coastal village. 

    Yo will enjoy the outdooor swimming pool, and the restaurant that proposes a home-made local cuisine. All rooms have air-conditioning.

    For those that choose the CHARMING level of accommodatio, you will have a room with a balcony/terrace and sea view.

  • Hotel Saint Christophe *** - Calvi

    Hotel Saint Christophe *** - Calvi

    The 3* hotel Saint Christophe is located nearby the city centre of Calvi, with a great view on the citadel, and a swimming pool overlooking the Med sea.

    Near the center of Calvi, you have the most beautiful beaches in Corsica !

The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. basis and subject to availability

  • Most prices are based on a 2-person booking ( with shared accommodation for a hotel)
  • You will be able to select the exact number of traveller(s) when completing your reservation form
  • If you're travelling SOLO : please contact us
Order your trip's GPS FILES !
  • You can order the GPS FILES of your cycling trip
  • So you can track every turn and mile you pedal using your smartphone or your own GPS device .
  • Sup of 25 €uros
  • IMPORTANT : select just 1 GPS fee for 1 traveller
Treat yourself a go for an E-bike option!
  • Corsica is an everlasting and harmonious mix of mountainous and flat terrain: you always go up and down!
  • Our E-bike becomes a WONDERFUL COMPROMISE: while still pedaling, you can access to a perched village without being a great cyclist. You can also accompany a more athletic spouse or friend
  • Rates : per E-bike 
Go for the roadbike option!
  • The perfect bike for a cycling adventure in Corsica! 
  • Our model - Scott Solace 20 or equivalent
  • You can ride with flat pedals, or you can bring your own automatic shoes & pedals,
  • Sup : per Carbon bike 
Repatriation insurance - 1 week trip
  • Repatriation insurance : applicable for all clients visiting the Europe-Schengen region that includes France
  • Rate : for a maximum trip of 1 week = 7 days
    Supplement for a trip above 7 days
  • See the insurance contract here 

TRIP rates 

The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. minimum reservation basis ( shared room), and subject to availability

INCLUDED

  • 6 nights based on a double occupancy
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 5 days of HYBRID bike rental 
  • Our Road Book with detailed itineraries, including highlighted maps
  • 1 road map of the region
  • 7/7 assistance tel

NOT INCLUDED

  • All lunches & dinners
  • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
  • Items of personal nature
  • SINGLE supplement
    Simple accommodation : 350€
    Comfort accommodation : 400€
    Charming accommodation : 620€
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