2014 Sardinia & Corsica
Tour Cost: AUD $3250 twin share
- 11 days
- 9 days cycling
- High quality camping & hotels
- 80 to 100km per day
- Moderate cycling
- Daily route notes & maps
- GPS Garmin Uploads
- Support Vehicle
- Easily accessible start/finish
Cost: $3250 twin share, Single supplement $250. Prices in Australian Dollars.
This cycling holiday not only takes you to the stunning mediterranean islands of Sardinia and Corsica, but we also start and finish the ride in two of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. The riding itself presents a fantastic mix between spectacular coastal roads as well as challenging climbs. The scenery and terrain is diverse – from beaches and the coast to the pine forests and rocky peaks of the mountainous interior of Corsica. In addition, there is the contrasting culture, history, food and wine as we hop from Spain to Italy to France!
The timing and start location of this ride has been planned to tie in with our Bordeaux – Barcelona ride. This gives you the option of doing both trips for one big amazing cycling holiday! Read on to explore the itinerary overview… or download full itinerary and trip inclusions.
Days 1-3 We meet in Barcelona and catch the evening Ferry to arrive the following morning at Porto Torres, Sardinia. We spend 2 days in Sardinia – the cycling is coastal and relatively gentle, with campsites by the beach. We set sail again, across the narrow straight to arrive in the port of Bonifacio, overlooked by its drammatic citadel and white cliffs. There are options for you to join us in Porto Torres if you prefer.
Days 4 – 7 We are rewarded most evenings with campsites by the beach and plenty of time to swim in the Med! You need to start with a good level of fitness as we ride into the mountains in both Sardinia and Corsica
Our cycling in Corsica gets a little tougher as we ride into the rugged interior of the island. We climb away from the coast, where mountain villages and lakes are nestled amongst pine trees and dramatic rocky peaks. We stay overnight in the tiny hamlet of Zonza.
Descending out of the mountains, we visit prehistoric sites of megolithic menhirs, cycle through the famous red rocks of les Calanches, a World Heritage area and stay overnight by picturesque beaches at Cupabia and Porto.
Day 8-11 We have a final challenging ride to the stunning Col de Verghio – our route climbs its way up a spectacularly deep gorge to the pass, often sharing the road with goats and wild boar! We stay overnight in Corte, a true mountain town where the mountain food is as rich as the Corsican history. Finally, we ride to the rolling hills of the north, where we visit local artisans workshops in villages along the Balagne craft trail and descend to the port town of Calvi on the north coast. Here, yachts bob below the imposing citadel and we enjoy our last night in Corsica with seafood and local wine. On Saturday we take the ferry to the mainland for
a celebration in Nice. On Sunday, you organize your own onward travel arrangements from Nice.
The contrasts of the two islands present us with not only some of the best cycling in the world, but an incredible mix of culture, cuisine and history. The food is a highlight of the trip, an interesting mix of French and Italian, coastal and mountain cuisines; from grilled fish and pizzas to wild boar pate and goats cheeses. We also enjoy local wines and the famous Corsican Chestnut beer.