A short guide to Corsica’s most beautiful motorcycle routes

A biker’s paradise

Discovering Corsica’s most beautiful roads by motorcycle: An epic journey between land and sea

Corsica, a stunningly beautiful Mediterranean island, attracts motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world with its winding roads and diverse landscapes. Riding a motorcycle in Corsica means venturing into the heart of grandiose panoramas, between majestic mountains and spectacular coastline. Together, we’re going to explore some of the most beautiful roads on the Isle of Beauty, a true paradise for bikers in search of adventure, endless curves and unique scenery.

The Calanques de Piana and the D81 corniche road

Our journey begins on the famous D81 north of Ajaccio, heading for Calvi by the coast, a road that follows the rugged coastline of western Corsica, offering incomparable views of the Calanques de Piana. Red rock formations plunging into the inky-blue waters of the Mediterranean create a naturally splendid picture. You’ll wind your way around winding bends while admiring unique natural sculptures. The many viewpoints along the way invite frequent stops to appreciate the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Calanques de Piana D80 route de la corniche

Col de Bavella and the Ospedale forest

Leaving the coast, head inland via the Col de Bavella. This mountain road offers an impressive ascent through the Aiguilles de Bavella, with breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding valleys. At the top, a breathtaking view of the sea on one side and the mountains on the other will reward intrepid bikers. The descent to the coast passes through the Forêt de l’Ospedale, a green expanse inviting you to take a welcome break in the shade of the pine trees, a refreshing contrast to the mineral heights.

Col de Bavella route de l'Ospédale

Balagne and the craftsmen’s route

Set course for Balagne, a region where mountains and sea blend harmoniously. The Route des Artisans, between Calvi and Galéria, leads through picturesque villages such as Pigna and Sant Antonino. You’ll be impressed by the tight curves that wind through the region’s olive groves and vineyards, offering panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. This route plunges you into the authentic soul of Corsica, with its varied landscapes and rich culture.

Balagne and the craftsmen's route

Cap Corse and the Serra cornice

Let’s go all the way to the north of the island to explore the mysterious Cap Corse, a wild and unspoilt peninsula. The D80, also known as the Corniche de la Serra, offers a unique driving experience with its steep bends and breathtaking sea views. As bikers, you’ll have the chance to discover villages like Nonza and Erbalunga, each with its own special charm. Between steep cliffs and secluded coves, this route offers total immersion in the raw beauty of Corsica, a destination off the beaten tourist track where adventure is no empty word.

Cap Corse and the Corniche de la Serra

The Col de Vergio and the Asco valley

For a high-altitude experience, head for the Col de Vergio, the island’s highest point by road at 1,478 meters. This winding route through the mountains offers breathtaking panoramas of the region’s endemic Laricio pine forests, mountain lakes and snow-capped peaks in winter. The descent into the Vallée d’Asco reveals impressive gorges and crystal-clear rivers home to the endemic macro stigma trout, adding a touch of wilderness to your itinerary.

The Vergio pass and the Asco valley

To sum up

Corsica is an idyllic playground for bikers in search of thrills and discoveries. Each route offers a unique adventure, between majestic mountains and rugged coastlines. Tight bends, breathtaking panoramas and the authentic atmosphere of Corsican villages make this motorcycle trip an unforgettable experience. So saddle up for a Corsican adventure, where every turn holds a new surprise, and the island of Beauty reveals all its charms to motorcycle enthusiasts. And perhaps you’ll unexpectedly find your own route around a bend in the road?

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