Corsica Island Challenge

A Land Of Dramatic Climbs, Deep Gorges, And Jaw Dropping Coastal Roads

The superb roads around Cap Corsica

Five alluring Corsican trip highlights.

  • Climb magnificent mountains to the back drop of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Cruise through tight gorges and lush national parks.
  • Experience the terrain that wowed us all during the Tour de France.
  • Benefit from experienced guides, coaches and vehicle support every day.
  • Relax and enjoy the cuisine in some superb hotels on the coast and in the national park.
August 2019
photo of Rob @ Colconquerors

Corsica is the latest addition to our holiday schedule. The mix of coastal routes, gorges, mountains and superb climate make it a cyclists paradise.

Rob @ Colconquerors

Cycling Corsica Challenge

Cycling Corsica Holiday Summary:

Join this road cycling tour and embark upon our cycling Corsica island challenge; the unique destination offers beautiful mountain passes and gorges as well as amazing Mediterranean coastlines and turquoise waters often all in a single day. The island of Corsica has the perfect blend of exciting terrain and breathtaking scenery, with high quality accommodation to match. 

The Mediterranean seasons make our cycling Corsica challenge the perfect shoulder season destination. Explore the whole island with 6 days fantastic cycling with full support. Ride through the spectacular national park and follow the superb roads around Cap Corse to Bastia for the best views of the island’s diverse landscape and sparkling waters. When you opt for a cycling Corsica holiday you will enjoy some of the best road cycling terrain in Europe.  

We have carefully chosen the best places to stay after each fantastic day cycling Corsica; enjoy stylish hotels with great facilities.

As with all our itineraries, cycling Corsica is a fantastic adventure. You will always be fully supported by passionate and qualified professionals and your personal goals for the week are always of utmost importance. 


Cycling Corsica Itinerary:

Porto Vecchio to Porto Vecchio

Col de Bavella
The oak clad forests of the Alta Rocca Mountains
  • Climbing the Col de Bavella a 30km climb from sea level to 1243m
  • The amazing descent back to Porto Vecchio

Ride the coast and enjoy the fantastic road cycling conditions before turning inland for the first climb of the week. The Col de Bavella at 1218m is an exciting 30km ascent with some truly wonderful, unspoiled views of the surrounding Alta Rocca mountains. The climb is great and the descent back to Porto Vecchio is the perfect way to start your week cycling Corsica!

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Porto Vecchio to Propriano

Col de Siu
Three great climbs heading to the west coast
  • The quiet road on the way to the Col de Bacinu.
  • The fine ascent of the Col de Siu via a tight, quiet road.

Day 2 is a more mountainous experience, as we leave Porto Vecchio and head towards Propriano on the west coast of Corsica. 

Today’s three climbs, the Col de Bacinu, route to Levie and Col de Siu, will gradually increase in intensity but late in the day you will be rewarded with stunning views as we descend towards the west coast of Corsica and Propriano.  The rugged landscape is juxtaposed with the smooth stretches of road and serene, still water of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Propriano to Corte

Restonica valley and gorge
Heading into the National Park and the stunning Restonica Gorge
  • Climbing the Col de Vaccia, Col de Verde, Col de Soria and Col de Belle Granaje.
  • The tranquility of the Restonica Gorge.

After a restful night, we resume cycling Corsica with an action-packed day that includes the four climbs of the Col de Vaccia, Col de Verde, Col de Sorba and finally Col de Belle Granaje. We will head north in the morning sun, but you’ll be enjoying the shade as we move through the forested interior of Corsica’s national park. The gorges of the Restonica river are dramatic, covered in pine and birch trees, providing welcome shade throughout the day.

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Corte to Calvi

A day of stunning gorges
The highest paved road on Corsica
  • The forgiving gradients as you climb to the summit of the Col de Vergio at 1478m.
  • Descending through the spectacular Spelunca gorge back to the coast.

We move from the centre of the island back to the coastline, towards the island’s famous West Coast. Summit the Col de Vergio at 1478m above sea level it is the highest paved pass on Corsica. After reaching the peak, you can enjoy the smooth, stunning descent towards the coast. We will take a route that weaves through the gorges and showcases some of the island’s most magical vistas. Corsica truly is the Mediterranean’s hidden cycling gem and today’s ride will provide you scenic views and memories that will last a lifetime. 

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Calvi to L’Île-Rousse

Superb views across the Mediterranean sea.
  • Climbing to the historic hillside village of Speloncato dating back to the Bronze age.
  • The opportunity to relax in the spa after a shorter day in the saddle.

Day 5 is more relaxing, but the climb into the small village of Speloncato will give you a glimpse of Corsica’s long history. After the climb and obligatory coffee stop there are magnificent views across the Mediterranean Sea as you make your way around the high plateau before starting a stunning descent back to the coast and the unique Île de la Pietra. Relax and enjoy an indulgent evening before cycling Corsica’s magnificent Cap Corse the following morning.

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L’Île-Rousse to Bastia

Cap Corse
A new best view around every bend
  • The absolutely stunning coastal road around Cap Corse.
  • The feeling of real achievement as you arrive at your hotel on the coast in Bastia.

The best for last, despite a breath-taking week cycling Corsica, day 6 is one of the best and most scenic days imaginable on a bike. We will guide you around Cap Corse, the northern peninsula of Corsica. The island’s mountains are diverse, but the fantastic calm waters in every shade of blue imaginable truly do steal the show. You’ll think you’re in paradise from the views from your saddle as we turn each bend and are rewarded with yet another exquisite view. This truly is the best way to finish your holiday cycling Corsica, so we will retire to the hotel for celebratory drinks before departure the following morning.

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Cycling Corsica Challenge Trip Accommodation:

Hotel Costa Salina


Location: Porto-Vecchio

Why chosen: Overlooking the harbour, spacious rooms and great place to start the week.

Overlooking the harbour, the hotel enjoys exceptional views of the Mediterranean sea and the old town of Porto Vecchio. You’ll get your first glimpses of how spectacular the island truly is whilst relaxing in large, comfortable rooms and a serene location, the perfect way to kick off the exhilarating experience of cycling Corsica. 

Hotel exterior Costa Salina
The pool
A typical room for the first two nights

Hotel Bartaccia


Location: Propriano on the Valinco Gulf

Why chosen: Style, Ambience and great cuisine

For tonight, this 4* hotel has an abundance of local tradition and is a shining example of Corsican culture and authentic, warming hospitality. This hotel has superb grounds, including a pool, as well as unique interiors and exceptionally comfortable rooms. 

Stylish grounds
Outside space for the evenings
Well appointed rooms
Not far from the coast

Hotel Dominique Colonna


Location: Corte, the heart of the Restonica Valley

Why chosen: Location right on the river bank and its refined yet relaxed ambience

After three days of cycling Corsica, you will have seen some of the island’s most stunning vistas. From this hotel, you can sit around the pool, sipping a drink and soaking up those views in utter luxury. Located in the heart of the Restonica Valley, the 4* Hotel Dominique Colonna is an exclusive spot on the banks of the river. Enjoy intimate surroundings, a truly fantastic dining experience and warm, contemporary rooms. We are truly proud to feature the Hotel Dominique Colonna, it will be one of the most memorable places you stay during this cycling season.  

Hotel Dominique Colonna
Set on the Valley de la Restonica
Stylish & comfortable rooms
A very relaxed setting

Hotel L’Onda


Location: Calvi home to beaches and a medieval citadel

Why chosen: Friendly staff at the end of a long day and a short walk for dinner at the harbour this evening.

Nestled in the North West of the island, the Hotel L’Onda is surrounded by world-class beaches and the iconic Mediterranean bay. Just a short walk from our overnight stop, the walled city has traditional terracotta rooftops that contrast the bright, turquoise water. The evening meal will be spent taking in these views and overlooking the harbour before retiring to the comfortable, friendly Hotel. 

A warm welcome
Rooms a short stroll from the coast

Hotel La Pietra


Location: L'Ile-Rousse

Why chosen: Incredible views, spa and a stones throw from the centre.

In a unique location the Hotel La Pietra is magnificently located and provides some of the best views during sunrise & sunset. Witness spectacular, post-card Mediterranean moments from the hotel’s terrace and enjoy the food at the hotel’s restaurant or unwind in the onsite spa. 

Hotel La Pietra L
Rooms with a view
Relax after a day on the bike

Hôtel L'Alivi


Location: Bastia

Why chosen: Right on the Mediterranean sea with superb views from both rooms and terrace, great food and a short drive to the airport.

The final nights 4* hotel is situated just outside of Bastia. The Hotel L'Alivi is a coastal accommodation with spectacular views guaranteed from comfortable rooms or the terraces. This is the perfect spot to celebrate completing the cycling Corsica week! 

Hotel L
The terrace and pool at the L
Rooms on the sea front
A stylish setting

Mark Boyle

This is the 5th cycling trip that I have been on with Col Conquerors. Everyone of them have been excellent and this was no exception. The routes in Corsica were challenging and with exceptional scenery. As usual the organisation, support and encouragement from Rob, Karen and Mike was second to none.

Richard Shaw

Great organisation from Colconquerors - first rate cycling holiday with full support, great guiding / coaching and world class destination.
Really great route and wonderful roads.

David Sanders

Fabulous week of cycling. Thoroughly investigated by Colconquerors beforehand, it was a seamless week and highly recommended

The Holiday Includes

  • 7 Nights half board accommodation in 3 & 4* hotels
  • Airport transfers to & from Bastia
  • 6 days guided and vehicle supported cycling with an experienced team
  • GPX files for each ride & extensive ride documentation
  • Fresh fruit and snacks plus top up sports nutrition.
  • Luggage transportation between stages
  • British Cycling Level 3 coaching throughout to help improve any aspect of your cycling.
  • Client to staff ratio of 4-1 for a great experience
  • Photos of your trip shared after trip.

Not Included

  • Flights.
  • Lunches.
  • Travel or bike Insurance.
  • Any drinks or incidentals at the hotel.
  • Spa or Massage services (Available as extra).
  • Bike Hire.
  • Single occupancy (on request & subject to room availability).

Trip Cost

Double Occupancy Single Supplement Deposit
27 Sept 2020 1850.00€ 550.00€ 400.00€

Bike Rental

Prices from : 45.00€ / per day

Bike hire is available for this trip to Corsica although it is recommend that you bring your own bike where possible. A variety of models and specifications are available depending on your needs. Bikes always have a set up suitable for riding in the type of terrain that you will find in Corsica

If you do rent we’ll come with you to the shop in the rental location to collect the bike and make sure it’s set up optimally. 

If you would like to rent a bike for this Corsica road cycling holiday let us know when you first contact us. 

3 Month Pre Corsica Trip

Prices from : 180.00€ / per month

Why not invest time and energy in a private cycling coach for 3 months to tune your fitness ahead of your trip to Corsica. There’s still time to enhance your performance and gain all the one to one coaching benefits even if you’ve had to leave things late because life’s taken over.

The British Cycling Level 3 coaching qualification is the highest recognised coaching certification in UK cycling and working with a Level 3 coach will:

  • Optimise performance gains from the realistic time you have available to train ahead of your Corsican road cycling holiday.
  • Ensure you focus only on areas that will really improve your cycling in the build up to your trip to the island of Corsica.
  • Improve not only physical but also tactical and psychological awareness & strength all of which contribute to you maximising the fun you have on this trip to Corsica.

6 Month Pre Corsica Trip

Prices from : 180.00€ / per month

Are you serious about making significant long term improvements to your riding? Investing time and energy in a cycling coach for 6 months is the most effective ways to increase your cycling performance ahead of your holiday or seasons goal.

The British Cycling Level 3 coaching qualification is the highest recognised coaching certification in UK cycling and working with a Level 3 coach will:

  • Help you maximise performance benefits from the realistic time you have available to train for your Corsica cycling trip.
  • Make sure that you focus on areas that will really improve your road cycling.

Before Trip


Corsica is known for its diverse and scenic coastline, hiking trails, and, being a French island, its cheeses. Its highest peak, the Monte Cinto, is second only to Mount Etna in elevation, of the all the islands in the Mediterranean.

In the northeastern tip of Corsica, Bastia is the main commercial town and also the main port offering routes to France and Italy. Bastia’s Old Port is located just south of the ferry pier. It  has a quaint and timeless feel, so why not take a break at one of the terraces overlooking the sea and treat yourself to a glass of pastis or Corsican wine.

Bastia Port
Hotel L'Alivi

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Mercure Bastia

Visit hotel
Hotel Ostella

Visit hotel

After Trip


Corsica is known for its diverse and scenic coastline, hiking trails, and, being a French island, its cheeses. Its highest peak, the Monte Cinto, is second only to Mount Etna in elevation, of the all the islands in the Mediterranean.

In the northeastern tip of Corsica, Bastia is the main commercial town and also the main port offering routes to France and Italy. Bastia’s Old Port is located just south of the ferry pier. It  has a quaint and timeless feel, so why not take a break at one of the terraces overlooking the sea and treat yourself to a glass of pastis or Corsican wine.

Corsican coastline
Hotel L'Alivi

Visit hotel
Mercure Bastia

Visit hotel
Hotel Ostella

Visit hotel

Cycling Corsica FAQ's

In Corsica how am I supported?

There will always be vehicle support and experienced guides with you on the road when you're cycling in Corsica. We provide you with GPX or TCX files for your bike computers plus a comprehensive route pack for each day so that you can ride with complete confidence. We transfer your luggage between each stage as well.

With a ratio of 1:4 staff to riders you’ll never be short of help with anything this could range from, filling your bottles, providing nutritional and pacing advice or offering a little motivation. Once the day is complete we’ll help with arranging massages and providing information about the local area and anything else you may need.

How fit do I need to be to ride in Corsica?

The Corsican terrain is not as challenging as the Alps or Dolomites with the mountains being neither as steep or as high so altitude plays much less of a role. As always having a good pacing and nutritional strategy will ensure you have a fantastic week on the bike. To get the most enjoyment from this cycling Corsica trip, you'll wan't to try and train consistently in the months building up to the holiday.

Is the Corsica trip itinerary flexible?

There is a degree of flexibility in this multi stage trip to Corsica. The support vehicle ensures that you can ride with confidence and our guides on the road will help you with pacing and nutrition to ensure you go the distance. The routes are mainly fixed but there's always the ability to make things a little easier or harder based on how you're feeling. We always encourage riders to let us know if they'd like more or less of a challenge.


How's the weather in Corsica?

The weather is usually great in Corsica at the times of year we run the trip. However, in the mountains can always throw up surprises even in Corisca so it’s always best to come equipped with a selection of kit to cover all possibilities. Temperatures in the Corsican mountains as with all major mountain ranges vary from the valley floor to the summits of the climbs, in Corsica this is typically not as great as in the Alps mainly because the altitude you'll be reaching is never above the 1,500 meters point.

Should I be concerned about slowing the group down?

No don't worry about this. It's always best to focus on your own riding and we'll support you fully to ensure you acheive your goals each day. We are used to supporting and riding with groups of different ability so we'll take care of this side of things. You just have to ride and enjoy the week.

Can I come on this cycling Corsica week on my own?

Yes it’s absolutely fine to join this cycling Corisca trip solo. You can either share a room with another guest (of the same sex)  or if available pay an additional supplement for single occupancy of a room.

Is more help available to help plan the trip?

Yes. We are always happy to help plan any aspect of your cycling Corsica trip. Please just contact us with any additional questions you may have.

Travel Information

All you need to know about getting in and out.


Airport: Bastia (Corsica)
Meeting Point: Arrivals Lounge
Transfer Departure: Midday

We will meet you at airport in person ready for your private transfer to your accommodation in Porto Vecchio.

We aim to leave the airport at Bastia by Midday. When planning your Corsican trip please ensure flights land well in advance of this time. Please always check with us before booking flights.

If you are flying into Corsica from outside of Europe it’s best to arrive the day before to ensure any flight delays don’t impact the start of your holiday.

After the transfer to your hotel for the first night in Porto-Vecchio a welcome meeting outlines the plan for the week before a good night of rest before day 1.


Airport: Bastia
Hotel Departure Time: 8am
Airport Drop off: 9am

It’s sad your holiday in Corsica has come to an end, however you’ve had a fantastic week of riding and we’re sure your memories of the trip will keep you motivated throughout the season.

We will leave the hotel L'Alivi after breakfast at 8am for the short transfer back to the Bastia airport in plenty of time for your flight.