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Corsica road trip: the best driving itinerary from Bastia to Bonifacio

Stunning sceneries and highlights of Corsica

This road trip in Corsica offers the opportunity to discover the highlights as the picturesque calanche of Piana and the unspoilt landscape driving around the island.
The distance covered each day has been carefully calculated. The accommodation carefully selected will guarantee you a relaxing break.
The itinerary from Bastia to Bonifacio via the historic capital in the centre of Corsica, Corte will offer you a wealth of colour both in terms of the island’s scenery and of its cultural and gastronomic heritage. Its citadels, its Genovese towers and mediaeval villages are proof of the richness of its culture and there are exceptional panoramic views both out over the blue sea with its coves and shores of crystal waters near Porto -Vecchio and inland over mountainous and verdant countryside. And all around you is the heady aroma of the maquis… the Corsican dream comes alive on this road trip!
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When to go:
April to October

8 days/ 7 nights

3-star hotels

Self-guided Road trip(optional car rental)
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DAY 1: Bastia / Patrimonio

Upon your arrival in Bastia, drive northwards for a tour of the Cap Corse peninsula! This coastal itinerary features Genoese towers and small fishing ports like Centuri that delight seafood and lobster lovers!

The first day is filled with superb panoramic views and emotions, such as those from the Paoline tower in Nonza! Its black sand beach contrasts with the cobalt blue of the sea.

Overnight in Patrimonio, renowned for its vineyards.

DAY 2: Patrimonio / Calvi

Today you drive through the micro-region of the Agriates to La Balagne, nicknamed the "garden of Corsica" to the seaside resort of L'Ile Rousse, founded by Pascal Paoli during the struggle for independence. Enjoy its relaxed pace of life, its market, its little alleyways…
Your route takes you on through the Balagne countryside to some of the most beautiful mediaeval stone villages with its artisans, and offer a remarkable and contrasting view of the Mediterranean and the Corsican mountains. We recommend that you search out some local produce: wine from La Balagne, canistrelli biscuits and olive oil from an ancestral mill. Night in Calvi.

DAY 3: Calvi / Porto

Visit of Calvi, beach resort and birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Stroll through the streets of the splendid citadel and admire the views over the Ligure sea and the Balagne mountains.
You now head out west along the coast road and the beautiful unspoilt landscape which gives Corsica its nickname of ‘mountain in the sea’. Today’s trip ends at Porto, with its square Genovese tower, a place that can be proud of its position amidst some of the most beautiful sites in Corsica. If you have time, climb the Gorges de Spelunca to the traditional village of Evisa and its chestnut forest. Chestnuts form the basis of many local recipes in Corsica.

DAY 4: Porto / Cargese / Ajaccio

Today’s itinerary will reveal the sheer natural beauty of Corsica. From Porto, you will take a boat trip to the Scandola Nature Reserve, a UNESCO world heritage site, stopping at Girolata, a little gem of a village accessible only by boat or on foot.
You then come along the coast to Ajaccio by way of one of the most magnificent sites in Corsica: the Calanches de Piana, spectacular red granite rock formations set amidst the maritime pine trees.
You come next to the pretty village of Cargese, perched on a clifftop overlooking the sea. Stroll along the wide beaches and take the time to relax or have a swim. Then on to the capital city Ajaccio, your main stop for the day.

DAY 5 : Ajaccio / Sartene / Bonifacio

In the morning, take time to stroll around the citadel, Tino Rossi port, Ajaccio market with its local produce, and pay a visit to Maison Bonaparte…
Heading south now, you have the chance to see many more sites from the opposite direction, and of course, the beaches. Pay a visit to Corsica’s largest Genoise tower overlooking the Gulf of Valinco. You can stop at Sartene, a very traditional Corsican village with its tall granite houses, before arriving near  Bonifacio for a stay in a cosy accommodation for 2 nights.

DAY 6 : Bonifacio 

Visit the unique place and highlight of Corsica: Bonifacio, a majestic fortified town perched on a limestone spur of rock. After a stroll around the mediaeval streets, we suggest that you to take a boat trip for a superb view of the clifftop town.
Don’t miss the opportunity to taste bonifacienne aubergines! A true feast!
Treat yourselves to an afternoon on one of the perfect beaches in the surroundings of Porto-Vecchio : Rondinara, Palombaggia, Santa Giulia….white sands, turquoise seas will offer total relaxation.

DAY 7: Bonifacio / Corte

Head inland to the centre of the island and its historic capital, Corte. Explore the ‘eagle’s nest’, perched at the very top of the mountainous landscape and then stroll along its cobbled alleyways. Don’t miss the very picturesque valley with its maritime pines and natural pools, enjoy this tranquil and leafy spot for the last night of your stay.
An optional detour is possible through pretty forest land to the picturesque and famous Bavella needles.

DAY 8: Corte / Bastia

Your Corsican road trip ends in Bastia, where you can explore the citadel, the old port or simply enjoy a coffee on one of the many pavement cafes on Saint Nicolas square.
Departure on any day subject to accommodation availability.
* Prices per person based on 2 people sharing a room
* Accommodation: 7 nights in 3-star hotels with swimming pool 
OPTION : Rental car (on request)

♦ 7 nights in formula bed and breakfast 
♦ Your travel dossier day by day
♦ Road map of Corsica
♦ Phone assistance
The car rental, lunches, the dinners, the entrance fees( monuments or museums...), the parking fees, the drinks, the tips, travel insurance (on request), and personal expenses.

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