Corsica: the best cycling holidays - Ajaccio to Calvi in 6 days
    • France - Corsica
    • 6 days
    • Cycling
    • Self-guided
      • From March to October
    • 2 - 10 travellers
      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming
      • Trip code : C1223

About the Corsica: the best cycling holidays - Ajaccio to Calvi in 6 days trip

About the trip in Corsica

Your Corsica cycling holiday: From Ajaccio, capital city of Corsica and birthplace of Napoleon, enjoy cycling on the exquisite western coast of the Isle of Beauty, heading up north to Calvi. Cycle on some of the best roads that will allow you to both marvel at incredible sceneries and understand the unique and sweet insular lifestyle that reigns in Corsica. 

Thanks to the route that goes through the must-see villages of Corsica such as Cargèse, Porto and Galeria, surrounded by the iconic and endemic maquis and some of the most incredible natural landscapes of Europe such as the Calanches of Piana, the Natural reserve of the Scandola and Corsica’s nature park, you will experience authentic Corsica! 

Between exceptional natural beauty and exquisite villages, enjoy your cycling adventure on the best roads of this island! 

Highlights of the trip

  • 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
  • Calvi and its citadel, the Gulf of Porto
  • Galéria, its bay and beautiful sandy beaches 
  • Day 4 + Day 5 - Extra walk Options : along the "postman trail" , and in the Spelunca canyon


    Go Private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

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Corsica: the best cycling holidays, Ajaccio to Calvi in 6 days: Day by day

Day 1 - Your Corsica cycling tour starts in Ajaccio

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

  • Market every day except on Monday in Ajaccio

  • 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.
  • 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)

Day 2 - Cycling from Ajaccio to Cargèse

  • Ride - Ajaccio > Cargèse 
    51 km / 31 miles - Ascent: +820 m / Descent: -740 m
  • 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
  • MEALS included: Breakfast
     

Day 3 - Cycling tour from Cargèse to Porto

  • Ride - Cargèse > Porto 
    31 km / 19 miles - Ascent: +610 m / Descent: -680 m
  • 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
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

Day 4 - From Porto to Galeria

  • Ride - Porto > Galeria 
    50 km / 31 miles - Ascent: +680 m / Descent: -680 m
  • 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
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

Day 5 - From Galéria to Calvi

  • Ride - Galéria > Calvi
    37 km / 22 miles - Ascent: +500 m / Descent: -500 m
  • 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
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

Day 6 - End of your Corsican holiday

  • End of your trip in Calvi, after breakfast. Bye bye Corsica! 
    Free day in Calvi: let yourself be amazed by the beautiful historical centre of Calvi, famous for its Genoese Citadel overlooking the city and its kilometer long of white sandy beaches and turquoise-blue water. Truly stunning! 

  • 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! 
  • Experience the rest of Corsica, from Calvi: we would be happy to propose some beautiful extra walks and hikes from Calvi.
  • 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).

More Corsica cycling trips

    • France - Corsica
    • 6 days
    • Cycling
    • Self-guided
      • From March to October
  •   Accommodation choice :

      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming
  • Highlights of the trip

    • 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
    • Calvi and its citadel, the Gulf of Porto
    • Galéria, its bay and beautiful sandy beaches 
    • Day 4 + Day 5 - Extra walk Options : along the "postman trail" , and in the Spelunca canyon


      Go Private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

      • France - Corsica
      • 7 days
    • Cycling
    • Self-guided
      • From March to October
  •   Accommodation choice :

      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming
  • Highlights of the trip

    • 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
    • Calvi and its citadel, the Gulf of Porto
    • Galéria, its bay and beautiful sandy beaches 
    • Day 4 + Day 5 - Extra walk Options : along the "postman trail" , and in the Spelunca canyon


      Go Private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

      • France - Corsica
      • 8 days
    • Cycling
    • Self-guided
      • From March to October
  •   Accommodation choice :

      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming
  • Highlights of the trip

    • 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"


      Go Private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

    Corsica: the best cycling holidays - Ajaccio to Calvi in 6 days
        • France - Corsica
        • 2 adults (2x1030€)
        • 0 children (0x1030€)
      • 6 days
      • Simple
    Total 2060€
    Deposit 640€
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