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Corsica

from / to Ajaccio

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Corsica

from / to Ajaccio

7 days / 600 km
Best time to travel: May to June or September to October

During this motorhome trip, you will experience the contrasting landscape of the coast and the mountains on the romantic Island of Corsica, which has all the features of a small continent: from the yacht ports to the mountain villages, rocky cliffs, and sandy beaches, to vineyards and forests among the beautifully preserved nature. The great scent of maquis and the mild climate make the island acquire a unique flair.

Arrival in Ajaccio and collection of the camper

The journey begins in Ajaccio, the capital of the French region of Corsica and the largest city on the island, with around 67.000 inhabitants. In Ajaccio, there is also the largest airport on Corsica, the International Airport of Campo dell’Oro. The commercial port is the second largest on the island after Bastia. Ferries travel between Ajaccio, Marseille, Toulon and Nice throughout the whole year as well as between Ajaccio, Calvi, and Propriano during the season.

Napoleon’s birthplace offers a beach promenade, an old port, and many other attractions. In the afternoon, there is a possibility to do some shopping in the bustling pedestrian zone and to stroll around the city streets with various cafés and bars. You can enjoy a wonderful view of the Gulf of Ajaccio from the city beach, located under the medieval city walls. Culture lovers can visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Palais Fesch, whereas history lovers should include a visit to La Maison Bonaparte at the Chateau de Malmaison and the Salons Napoléoniens in their trip schedule. See www.ajaccio-tourisme.com for more suggestions of attractions in Ajaccio and the hinterland.

Highlights & Tips
The Red Islands
You can drive slightly west of Ajaccio, to a headland which will allow you to admire the red Sanguinaires Islands. A winding road, which is around 30 kilometres long, will lead you from Ajaccio to the Pointe de La Parata Peninsula. There are many small sandy coves ideal for a stopover. The road ends at a car park. It takes approximately a quarter of an hour to visit the Tour de la Parata, a Genoese tower. It is a beautiful vantage point offering stunning views of the island chain.

Ajaccio – Porto Vecchio

Stage distance: approx. 145 km

Suggested route: Ajaccio – Propriano – Sartène – Bonifacio – Porto Vecchio

Today, you are heading south and then, towards the east coast to Portio Vecchio. Propriano, located in the Gulf of Valinco, is a small fishing village that invites you for a nice stopover or a detour to the beach. The trip continues to Sartène, a former pirate nest built on a hill. Sartène is not located on the sea shore; however, it can boast of many beautiful beaches which belong to the municipality and which can be easily reached by following some of the smaller roads. The Musée de Sartène invites the visitors to learn more about the history of Corsica. The period of history which the museum covers starts from the Stone Age.

Bonifacio, the fascinating fortress city, is the next stage of the trip. It can be found situated on the chalk cliffs in the southern part of the island. Such a spectacular location of Bonifacio's old town makes it one of the greatest highlights of any trip around Corsica. Take a leisurely stroll through the narrow streets of the old town or along the marina. After visiting Bonifacio, the trip continues to the destination of this stage, namely Porto Vecchio with its famous harbour.

Highlights & Tips
White cliffs and blue sea caves in Bonifacio
Take a boat trip to the caves in the Rocky Reef and admire the vertical white rock walls from a close distance. The boat trip to the caves takes about an hour. It starts at the yacht port in Bonifacio. You can get a glance of what it looks like at the organiser’s website – SPMB.

Porto Vecchio
We recommend visiting the old town of Porto Vecchio with its well-preserved city walls and beautiful views of the sea and salt pans as well as going to one of the beaches, such as Cala Rossa, north of Palombaggia, and Santa Giulia located south of the area. The beaches offer beautiful sand and rocks as well as countless bathroom facilities. What is more, numerous cafés and beach restaurants overlook the bay and invite the tourists to make a stopover.

Porto Vecchio – Corte

Stage distance: approx. 115 km

Suggested route: Porto Vecchio – Aléria – Corte

Today, there is a ride along the beautiful bays of the east coast to the North ahead of you. First, you will travel to Aléria, a small town situated on the east coast. In the near vicinity of Aléria, you can find remnants of the ancient Roman cities. The Archaeological Museum and the archaeological site will help you to learn more about the turbulent history of Corsica.

The trip continues north-west, in the direction of Central Corsica. You will arrive in Corte, located high in the mountains. It is the Corsican university town with a citadel, which might be considered as a vantage point to enjoy the beautiful views of the Tavignano and Restonica Valleys. Stroll through the narrow streets of the old town and learn why Corte is regarded as a symbol of Corsican independence and determination. In the city, you can also visit the Musée de la Corse.

Highlights & Tips
Why Corsica is a mountain in the sea
Corte is located in the middle of the Regional Natural Park of Corsica. The river valleys of Restonica and Tavignano are the popular hiking areas on the island. You will enjoy the unspoilt nature with crystal-clear mountain lakes and the panorama of rugged mountains.

Corte – Saint-Florent

Stage distance: approx. 155 km

Suggested route: Corte – Bastia – Maccinaggio – Nonza – Patrimonio – Saint-Florent

Today’s stage involves driving first to Bastia, located on the north coast. It is a lively Italian harbour town with a population of 43,000. The tourist centre can be found in the marina, which is an old port called Port de Plaisance. On Saint Nicolas Square, you will find restaurants and cafés. From here, you can visit the old town (Terra Vecchia) with its typical narrow streets and squares, churches, and palaces as well as the ancient citadel.

The today’s tour will take you to Cap Corse, the northernmost part of the island. As a stopover, we recommend the picturesque fishing village of Erbalunga, with its Genoese tower, as well as the seaside resort of Maccinaggio. While travelling along the west coast of Cap Corse, you can visit Nonza, located high above the sea level with its beautiful beach, and the vineyards in the wine-growing village of Patrimonio. The settlement is named after the wine-growing region in which it is situated. Finally, you will reach the small town of Saint-Florent with its charming marina.

Highlights & Tips
Drive to Cap Corse - always close to the sea
Ideally, while travelling from Bastia to Cap Corse, you can turn in an anticlockwise direction somewhere around Saint-Florent. The side facing the sea offers spectacular views.

Saint-Florent – Calvi

Stage distance: approx. 60 km

Suggested route: Saint-Florent – Ile Rousse – Calvi

From Saint-Florent, you will be driving through the desert of Agriates, called the “Desert of Corsica,” to Ile Rousse with its characteristic lighthouse, located on the whale-shaped rocks, covered market, and a shaded area surrounded by plane trees. Ile Rousse is a cosy place situated directly on the sea, with a beautiful beach promenade and a square surrounded by plane trees, cafés, and restaurants.

There are also numerous beaches, which are ideal for bathing, located between Ile Rousse and Calvi. In the hinterland, there is a possibility to participate in stunning excursions to ancient villages, which hang like bird nests on the mountains. By travelling south-west, you will arrive in Calvi. This historic city can boast of a lively marina and a sandy beach with a towering citadel situated above it. The streets of the old town and the beaches invite the tourists for a longer stopover.

Highlights & Tips
Walk to the deserted village
From Lumio, situated between Ile Rousse and Calvi, you can take a short hike to the abandoned village of Occi, where you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the coast.

Calvi – Ajaccio

Stage distance: approx. 120 km

Suggested route: Calvi – Porto – Piana – Cargèse – Ajaccio

During the last stage, you will follow a winding road along the rugged coastline to Porto, located on the north coast. It is part of the homonymous Gulf of Porto. It is one of the most beautiful areas of Corsica with its red rocks and azure blue sea. It has been declared the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue towards the Calanques de Piana, a bizarre rock formation made of red granite. From that spot, you will have a fascinating view over the rocky coves. Then, the tour continues, past the fishing village of Cargèse, to Ajaccio, which is the destination point of the trip.