Tour info Cycle Corsica Island Guided Road bike 2018
May 6 -13 -20 and 27
Cycling on Corsica Island is very special. The island attracts many road cyclists from all around the world. Beautiful landscapes are waiting to be discovered! Almost two-third of Corsica Island is covered by natural parks. Corsica is well known as “the mountain in the Sea”. The challenging mountainous terrain makes Corsica not an easy island to cycle. You will cycle tough climbs, great downhill’s through undulating natural beauties. The rugged Mediterranean coast is typical for the islands culture and heritage. Challenge yourself and enjoy a fantastic Cycling Holiday on the beautiful island of Corsica!
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Itinerary Cycle Corsica island Guided road bike 2018
Your first cycling day on Corsica Island you will cycle from Bastia to Balagne. You first head west up to Col de Teghime. Here you will have a fantastic panorama view over the city of Bastia and the bay of St-Florent. The road sweeps downhill from here through Patrimonio, a region known for its vineyards (a quick stop to taste a few good wines is not a bad idea). After Patrimonio you cross St-Florent and ride through the Corsican desert (le désert des Agriates), before reaching the small villages of the Balagne, on the northwest coast. Night stop in Calvi. About 110 km to cycle max height 549m. The start will be at 11.00 at Bastia centre. Meeting place is in front of the tourist office at the Saint Nicolas square.
The second day brings you to the bay of Porto The route follows the coastal road along crystal clear waters, and offers some stunning views. The major climb of the day is the Col de Palmarella. After the "Col de la Croix", through a few typical villages, you will reach Porto and its famous Genoese tower. If you want to, you can ride up to the "Calanques de Piana" (an extraordinary rock formation, UNESCO world heritage). About 80km (105km with "Calanques de Piana") Max height: 408m
Another exciting day on your road bike! You’ll leave Porto behind you for a nice ride through the Spelunca gorges in the heart of Corsica. You will ride through stunning gorges into the Aïtone-forest and up to the highest road pass of the island, the Col de Vergio. Don't be surprised to see some pigs, cows, goats or other wildlife on your way. A long downhill awaits you (the twisty and narrow Scala Santa Regina is just pure pleasure!), before crossing Corte (where the island's university is located) and finally reaching the region of Venaco. About 115km Max height: 1477m
You’re right in the middle of Corsica island. After breakfast your day starts directly with ta climb to Col de Vizzavona followed by a short fast downhill before climbing again, up to the top of Col de Scalella. Further on the route undulates through some old historical villages. Our hotel accommodation is situated in the bay Propriano with a spectacular view over the Mediterranean. Relax and grab a beer after a long day in the saddle! About 110km Max height: 1178m
Unfortunately you leave the beautiful Bay of Propriano behind us. This day you will cycle through the region of Alta Rocca. You’ll pass nice picturesque villages and many olive trees fields. From Zonza the climb starts to one of the most famous mountains in Corsica: Col de Bavella. Relax on top and enjoy the amazing views before you continue your way to the last col of today: Col de la Vaccia (1195m) and a gentle descent to our overnight stop. About 95kms Max height: 1190m
Almost your last cycling day. Today's stage goes from Coscione to the historical capital of Corsica. Warm up your legs before you will conquer the first climb out of three: Col de Verde. A beautiful road through the Verde-forest followed by the next uphill section, up the superb Col de Sorba. Enjoy the views but keep your eyes on the road during the long and twisty descent. The next pass is a bit easier and also offers unique views over the Corsican countryside. Down again on a superb and twisty road, before rolling the last few km into Corte, historical capital of the island. About 80kms Max height: 1314m
Your last cycling day. Immerse and cycle the Castagniccia area of Corsica. Today's route winds through the pure nature region of Castagniccia known for its old chapels, natural water sources and centuries old chestnut trees. Soon you will reach the east coast again, and Bastia is not much further. Distance 105km (123km to the port) Max height: 985m.
France’s main airports in Paris are Charles de Gaulle and Orly International Airport. There are many flights:for example to/from Madrid, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Berlin, Rome, London Heathrow, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Athens, Zurich and many more very important cities from all around the Globe. From Charles de Gaulle and Orly Air France has many domestic flights to Corsica Island.
The airports of Bastia and Ajaccio are the most important hubs to Corsica Island. Air Corsica is the main operator to Corsica Island. Easy Jet has several flights to Bastia airport as well. Bastia airport (Poretta) lies 22 kilometres from the centre of Bastia. At the arrival halls you can find the bus stop to Bastia city centre. The shuttle bus will bring you in 30 minutes to Bastia’s railway station. Taxi ranks are in front of the terminal. The ride to downtown Bastia is roughly €40
The most important ports of Corsica are in Bastia and Ajaccio. Ferry boats leaving to Corsica from Toulon and Nice. Another possibility are the ports of Savona & Livorno in Italy.
Corsica Ferries is a France and Italian Ferry Company that operates between France & Italy and the Island of Sardinia.
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