Corsica Road Trip: Cover the island in a week or more

Difficulty

+530 km

Distance

8 - 12

Recom. Days

General

Trip type

Ilona Iftode

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Corsica Road Trip Itinerary

On this extended Corsica road trip, find out why Corsica makes hearts beat faster and pulses relax. Discover a timeless paradise that knows how to make a road trip memorable, with roots running deep into the past, its story on display through a mix of landscapes, attractions, and activities. 

But the island is more than a place of ancient ruins and citadels. Corsica’s coast is dotted with amazing blue-flag beaches, sleepy fishermen’s towns, and there’s always an opportunity to practice watersports of some kind. This Corsica road trip covers it all.

Pick-up in
Bastia depot
1

L’Île-Rousse, where the sea meets history

Easy like a summer breeze, L’Île-Rousse steals the heart of sun lovers with its sandy coastline washed by a sea bluer than blue itself. Nestled in the city’s port, yachts float above the deep blue, tempting enthusiasts with their curvy lines. 

At a stone’s throw from the mainland, L’Île de la Pietra, a rocky peninsula with reddish tones, is another reason to stop by on this Corsica road trip around the island.

Pathway in L’Île-Rouss on a sunny day of your Corsica Road Trip

Park your campervan near the fishing port and lose yourself among the paved streets of this historic town. On the bustling central plaza, the story of Pasquale Paoli, the man that gave Corsica its independence, is as alive today as it was when the struggle for freedom started in 1758. 

Away from the plaza, continue your troll among Florentine houses and stop for coffee before you take your itinerary further to the town’s peninsula. Bring a snorkel set and find a patch of reef filled with marine life, right off one of the peninsula’s small pebble beaches. End the day with a good seafood meal.

Visiting

L’Île-Rousse

2 - 3

Recom. Days

Main route

73 km

from Bastia depot

1h09min

drive

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Visit

Old Town

Charming square with food market and Palace Paoli

Promenade de la Marinella

Sea promenade and sandy beaches

L’Île de la Pietra

Red island with rocky sights and lighthouses

Maison Bonaparte

Old town house childhood nest of Napoleon

Eat at

La Cave

€€

Fairly priced local restaurant

Chez Paco

€€

Friendly staff and crazy-good paella

La Marinella

€€€

No shoes dining right on the beach

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Parking

Street parking

€€

Slots near the centre; easiest to access on Bastia-Calvi Road

2

The birthplace of great tastes and adventures

Say ‘Ajaccio’ and travellers in the know will instantly think of Napoleon Bonaparte. Delve into the young years of the man who ended the bloody French revolution and conquered Europe. 

Napoleon’s family mansion is a central point for pilgrims in search of history’s reverberations, but there’s more to taste in Ajaccio than a bite of the past. Local cheeses, quality wines, meats and fish are on display at the markets and on menus.

Statue with three lions below in Ajaccio on this Corsica Road Trip

To enjoy Ajaccio fully, park your campervan and wander the streets by foot. At the central market, Corsican delicacies lure gourmands to try them all and wash them down with a glass of local wine. Try Brocciu, a local goat’s cheese that gourmet travellers will surely want to stuff their suitcase with before leaving town. 

Once you’ve satisfied your cravings for landmarks, great restaurants, and beaches, take to the surrounding mountains for a breath of crisp air and stunning panoramas. For those gripping for adventure, the cliffs near Ajaccio are the perfect spot to try skydiving. Take a freefall before continuing your Corsica road trip with a fresh appreciation of life.

Visiting

Ajaccio

2 - 3

Recom. Days

Main route

142 km

from L’Île-Rousse

2h27min

drive

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Visit

Maison Bonaparte

Old town house childhood nest of Napoleon

Central Market

Food market with tempting local specialities

Pointe de la Parata

Rocky cape perfect for sunset and Ajaccio’s views

Eat at

U Bistrotellu

€€€

Yummy Corsican dishes in generous portions, friendly owner

A Nepita

€€€

Small restaurant with heavenly food

Indie Campers has a fleet of 1200 camper vans and RV available for rental as well as an integrated marketplace for private and professional rental.

Parking

Public parking

€€

Plenty of spots near Ajaccio’s port area

Stay at

Camping Barbicaggia

€€€

Close to sea; extra facilities, WiFi, family-friendly

3

Bonifacio’s fortress and seafront boulevards

Surrounded by green hills and facing the Mediterranean, Bonifacio fits in both the rich story of the past and the yachts of the rich and famous. Down at the bustling port, sleek sailboats steal the glances of visitors while, the sand-stone fortress up on the clifftop their hearts.

Full of quaint cafes, fine restaurants, and 9th-century mansions, the old citadel of Bonifacio makes for a pretty sight full of architectural details. Including Bonifacio on your Corsica road trip is a must, especially since the road to get there is a joy to take by campervan.

Lucerne mountains and Lake Lucerne on this Zurich road trip

Arrive in the medieval citadel and the first thing you notive is the imposing Bastion de l'Etendard. Visit the the fortress offers for a great vantage point of the marina below, but take your time to stroll through the ancient streets of the old town before you head down to the waterline. 

From there, hop in a boat to the Grottes de Bonifacio. Explore the sea caves by jumping overboard head-first and bobbing about this magical place with a snorkelling kit. Next, greet colourful marine life at La Tonnara Beach   a treat for kids and adults alike.

Visiting

Bonifacio

2 - 3

Recom. Days

Main route

131 km

from Ajaccio

2h31min

drive

You can find Indie Campers RV rentals in more than 40 different cities and destinations across Europe.

Visit

Grottes de Bonifacio

Stunning sea caves accessible by boat

Bonifacio Citadel

9th-century sand-stone village on the cliffs

La Tonnara Beach

Cool spot for snorkelling, kids friendly

Col St-Roch

Appetizing viewpoint with sea views

Eat at

L’an Faim

€€€€

Fine dining you’ll never forget

Kissing Pigs

€€€

Rustic food off the touristic path

La Bodega

€€€

Corsican classics that do Bonifacio justice

Indie Campers has a fleet of 1200 camper vans and RV available for rental as well as an integrated marketplace for private and professional rental.

Parking

Street Parking

Free

Several spots across town; check for hours restrictions

Stay at

Camping des Iles

€€€

8 hectares of modern facilities and good vibes

4

Finish at Aléria, the city that came first

The perfect end to this Bastian itinerary, or any Corsica road trip really, is a stop at the first city ever founded on the island: Aléria. 

With a history dating back 8,000 years, Aléria speaks of a truly distant epoch. The city shows remnants of the ancient Mediterranean civilisations that inhabited the island, like the Romans and the mysterious Phoenicians.

Aleria view from Tavignano River on your Corsica Road Trip

Visit Aléria for more than history. With natural ponds and wild nature, the landscape of Aléria provides the perfect setting for recharging your primal batteries. One way is to unwind at the thermal baths, another is to soak negative ions at the waterfalls. 

Make sure to also take a stroll along the lagoons and banks of the Tavignano River that ends near Aleria. It will make for a memorable wrap-up of your Corsica itinerary.

Visiting

Aléria

1 - 3

Recom. Days

Main route

100 km

from Bonifacio

1h35min

drive

You can find Indie Campers RV rentals in more than 40 different cities and destinations across Europe.

Visit

Site Archeologique De Aleria

Ruins of ancient Mediterranean civilisations

Pond of Diana

Beautiful natural pond famous for hand-sized oysters

Reserve Casabianda

Wildlife in a wild landscape

Eat at

L’Ecurie

€€€

French dishes and vegetarian delights

Bella Vista

€€€

Hearty food that will soothe your soul

Indie Campers has a fleet of 1200 camper vans and RV available for rental as well as an integrated marketplace for private and professional rental.

Parking

Public Parking

€€

Both free and paid parking around the centre

Stay at

Camping MARINA D'ALERIA

€€

In a natural environment with great facilities

Drop-off in
Bastia depot

35 Miles

from Bastia Aeroport

57 min

drive