Corsica

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Corsica

Post by Spike941 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:07 pm

Off to Corsica this September with 2 mates for 4 or 5 days. Anyone got any tips about reasonably priced accommodation on the island, towns to stay, or avoid, and must ride roads?

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Re: Corsica

Post by Aidan1150 » Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:50 am

Corsica is expensive. Very. But worth it.

Porto on the west coast is a popular wee town and is very nice.

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The road from there via Galéria and Calvi to L'ile-Rousse is stunning and was used on Le Tour de France last year. You must ride this route.

Here's some of what you can expect to see.

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Re: Corsica

Post by adventuredon » Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:54 pm

don't book a cabin. I slep't on the deck and then in the bar area. Huge area and friendly. Nice to Calvi.

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Re: Corsica

Post by lmac » Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:21 pm

Was there on the bike last September, camped whilst there so can't comment on the digs. Some beautiful scenery but the roads are quite narrow and very winding and, especially it seemed the nearer the coast you got, were very busy with tourist traffic, with a good many of the drivers gawping at the views and crossing the white lines onto your side.

Tourist coaches were a pain in the arse on the mountain roads (its nearly all mountains) with little if any passing room when they met each other in opposite directions.

The quieter roads inland were a lot more free of traffic but as there was little grass on such a rocky island the livestock seems to be left to roam more, so watch out for them in the road when you round a bend.

As far as local grub goes, Wild boar (sanglier) beautiful stuff :) .

If you like bends and mountains, as we do, you'll like Corsica, but to see the best of the coast roads (i.e. when they were quietest) we found it was best to be up and off early, hope this helps :) .

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Re: Corsica

Post by Spike941 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:14 am

Thanks for the pics and advice Aidan. Really looking forward to getting over there.

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