Corsica's Best Road Trips

Corsica, France

For passionate (and courageous) drivers, road-tripping in Corsica can be rewarding. Choosing the right route is key and depends on your skill and comfort level driving on often narrow, winding roads (see a Note on Self-Driving, below). Here are some of the drives to consider:


  • Bonifacio to Porto Vecchio - almost all flat, no mountains
  • Porto Vecchio to Bastia - farmland, countryside, coastal road.

Most Scenic:

  • Saint Florent to Calvi - via mountain ranges but also along the coast.

Most Dramatic:

  • West coast of Cap Corse (esp. between Pina and Nonza) - gorgeous views, hairpin turns, steep cliffs (a bit scary)
  • Calvi to Piana - the Calanques de Piana are famous. The drive here is hairpin-turn central.

A note on self-driving:

The driving is doable for people who are comfortable driving in Europe/have driven in places like the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany etc. The roads are in good condition. Driving in the south is easier than driving in the north, though both have parts where the mountains offer some hairpin-turns. Cap Corse has some of the steepest drops right by the side of the road, with spectacular views but also some white-knuckle moments, especially when there is traffic. Be very honest about your driving ability when selecting whether to self-drive or hire someone to manage the roads for you.

Written by Simone Girner

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