The mountains, the sea and you - discover Corsica by road bike

Road Cycling Collection by
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From your road bike, you can hear the surf and the torrents rushing, smell the scent of the Macchia and feel the refreshing breeze - you've arrived in Corsica. Home to 117 mountain peaks rising over 6,500 feet (2000 meters), this is cycling in the high mountains — although you're never too far from the sea.

Here, not only the unique and contrasting landscape will surprise you, but also the wonderfully asphalted roads all over the island. Don't forget to pack a banana or a bar on your rides, because you won't find many shops or places to stop along the way. On a large part of the island, you will find unspoiled nature and the peace you have longed for instead of tourist infrastructure.

So that you can experience the most beautiful places on the island, we have put together this Collection of nine road rides across the island for you. The routes take you through areas where time has stood still. Tiny mountain villages, dark chestnut woods, countless herds of pigs and goats and unique views line your way. Look forward to encounters with hospitable Corsicans and a tasty cuisine that will give you energy for the mountain passes.

Wild nature, winding roads, dreamlike scenery: Corsica is a paradise for cyclists who are slowly discovering the island. Some routes are already well known and popular, others are shared only with goats and pigs.

As there is almost no public transport, we recommend renting a car, which is easy at Bastia airport. Or you can take the ferry right away: There are frequent connections from the Italian ports of Genoa, Savona and Livorno.

For the northern Tours, Bastia is a good place to stay overnight. For the inland rides, Corte is the best place. And for the Tours in the south you should stay overnight in Ajaccio or Porticcio on the other side of the bay.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    06:10
    72.2 mi
    11.7 mph
    7,200 ft
    7,175 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    The sea, the mountains and you. The elevation meters make you sweat and the landscape takes your breath away. The circumnavigation of the Cap Corse is not for nothing one of the most popular racing bike trails on the island.The tour starts in Bastia, the second largest city of the island. There is still a lot going on here, but that changes after a few kilometers. The beginning of the route is flat and you can fully enjoy the view of the sea and the mountains. On a lonely road you cross the first pass. This is followed by the hilly second half, which gives you fantastic views.Save some energy for the grand finale, the drive to the 500-meter-high Tehghime Pass. Then you roll back to Bastia and you can treat yourself to your earned Pietra (chestnut beer) or the capper aperitif.

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  • Intermediate
    01:42
    19.0 mi
    11.2 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,150 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    Beautiful short road bike race for einradeln or as morning departure. The tour takes you along the sea out of Bastia and then on a scenic road with very little traffic, but stunning views.On the way, you will always drive through small villages, such as San Marino or Cardo, which look with their stone houses as if they had not changed the last few hundred years.

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  • Difficult
    02:04
    19.8 mi
    9.6 mph
    3,250 ft
    3,250 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Without exception and uncompromising uphill the stage takes you through the wild and romantic Restonica Valley. As a reward, the most beautiful valley of Corsica awaits you with the rushing torrent, the craggy rocks and the fragrant pine trees.It is best to drive up in the early morning when the sun rises over the mountain peaks and the sunrays let the rocks, trees and river dive into a wondrous light. The trail ends at a cheese factory called Bergerie, right on the tree line.Be particularly careful when driving downhill, as the road is narrow and there are always cars, goats and cows lurking behind the curve.

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  • Difficult
    04:37
    50.1 mi
    10.8 mph
    5,725 ft
    5,725 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Corsica is a mountain range in the sea. By today you will realize that. This tour through the island's original center takes you through small mountain villages and you're sure to encounter more pigs than people on the lonely roads.Especially the eastern part of the track is (still) an absolute insider tip. It can happen to you that locals ask you why you ride a bike and if you do not have a car.On your tour, you will pass several small passes and enjoy breathtaking descents and highways. Wild mountain streams and dense forests are your constant companions. You understand why no ruler could take the wild heart of Corsica and Corte, your starting and ending point, is the capital of the Separatists.After the tour you deserve a boost. Our tip: In the "Rivière des Vins" in Corte you get excellent local specialties and fresh grilled meat for a very good price (komoot.de/highlight/651046)

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  • Difficult
    05:45
    58.8 mi
    10.2 mph
    8,125 ft
    8,125 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    The first kilometers the sea is your constant companion. The view is often interrupted by bizarre rock formations. In the small village of Cargèse, which is the last chance for a coffee break, you turn onto a tiny but paved road.After a hilly stage and a descent, you start a climb over 1,000 meters in altitude through a charming mountain landscape. After the pass, you can look forward to a 30-kilometer descent through a beautiful, wild canyon.After the departure you have arrived back at the starting point and can cool off on the beach.

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  • Difficult
    05:39
    64.1 mi
    11.4 mph
    7,000 ft
    7,000 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    On countless hairpin bends it goes uphill to the Col de Scalella. The more you leave the island's capital, Ajaccio, the more empty the roads become and the landscape becomes more and more impressive.From Tavera it is worth taking a short detour to Bocognano, a small, pretty village. On the dangling to Bocognano is also Corsica's highest waterfall, the Brautschleierwasserfall (komoot.de/highlight/651173).Arriving at the top of the pass, you can expect a wonderful panorama. In good weather, you will also see a tiny glacier in the distance. A poster helps you to find.There are many hairpin bends leading you down before you can strengthen yourself in Bastelica. After a short pothole piste awaits you again a nice view of the Tolla Reservoir and you can see in the distance already the sea sparkle.As a tour start, we recommend Porticcio, as you only come from Ajaccio on the main road to the east. There you will also find many hotels, great restaurants and a beautiful beach, from which you can marvel after the tour in the sunset the blood islands, Îles Sanguinaires.

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  • Intermediate
    02:11
    23.4 mi
    10.8 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,875 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The short race cycle starts at the main square of the island's capital Ajaccio. Past the grotto Napoléon you drive through the hilly suburbs, the streets are getting lonelier.From the pass with a small chapel you have a beautiful view of the sea and you have your destination in mind: the dream beach of Capo di Feno.Continue on a small climb to the Tour de la Parata, from where you have a great view of the Blood Islands.At the end, you will drive along the flat coastal road back to Ajaccio. Here you have to expect some traffic. A bike path is planned, but that will take a while.

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  • Difficult
    05:02
    55.0 mi
    10.9 mph
    6,675 ft
    6,700 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    Powerful chestnuts give their name to the legendary Castagniccia. When the wheat import was still unaffordable, the Corsican laboriously made flour from chestnuts. Today in the chestnut forests mainly goats and domestic and wild boars, which you will encounter more often on your tour than humans.You start your hilly and winding tour in Cervione and enjoy at the beginning and at the end of your tour the view of the sea. In the heart of the Castagniccia you will find dark forests, tiny streets and a remarkable convent ruin. For the Corsicans, this area is something very special and for you a wonderful road bike tour, which you can even extend to dangling Croce or Casabianca, if you do not reach 2,000 vertical meters.

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  • Difficult
    05:18
    58.5 mi
    11.0 mph
    7,000 ft
    7,000 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Alta Rocca is especially known to hikers, but the roads between the villages make the heart of the racing bike beat faster. The highlight of the tour is the Bavella Pass, which is rightly one of the island's most popular racing bike passes. But you do not come from the sea, but from the other side that the racing cyclists have not yet discovered for themselves.You start the tour at the small Caldane-Therme, where you can relax after the ride your muscles in the thermal pools. The many small villages that are like pearl necklaces on your route, are in itself worth a trip. It is worth to take a break in the narrow streets to stroll.From the main town of the region, Zonza, the road branches off onto the famous Bavella Pass. Passing the highest racecourse in Europe and through dense forests, the path leads you to the pass with breathtaking views of the world of rocks. For the return journey, Zonza and its restaurants are suitable for a long lunch break.You can shorten the tour by one kilometer and altitude by starting in Santa Lucia di Tallano and returning directly to Santa Lucia on the way back from Levie.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    421 mi
  • Duration
    38:27 h
  • Elevation
    49,000 ft

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