By Johanna the 22/11/2022

Roadtrip in Corsica: One week to discover Upper Corsica

A one-week itinerary in Haute Corse, during which you will cross various seaside and mountains landscapes. You will find advice and suggestions for a successful road trip. Note that distances in Corsica are not counted in kms but in time. These distances are given as an indication because you will find many reasons to stop along the way!

Day 1 Bastia arrival at Bastia Poretta airport

(About 30mn from the city centre)


Vue sur le vieux port de Bastia©ATC M.A NORMAND-ALESSANDRI Vue sur le vieux port de Bastia©ATC M.A NORMAND-ALESSANDRI


All the national rental companies are at your disposal near the airport if you wish to rent a vehicle.


Discover the emblematic places of Bastia, a city of art and history which will seduce you with its architectural wealth.


Discover the city: Discover our selection of 12 must-see sites during your stay in Bastia


Tasty idea: Taste Corsican products from the producer to the consumer directly on the market benches, panzarotti, frappe, falculelle, cheeses, delicatessen. Everything is aesthetically pleasing and smells amazing!


Culture tip: Don't miss the city museum located in the Citadel district (entrance fee is 5€)


Unusual tip: You can't visit Bastia without visiting the Aldilonda, a walk floating above the waves facing the islands of Elba and Monte Cristu. An enchanted interlude not to be missed


 Tip: take the elevator that connects the old port to the Citadel


 Live our experience " dolce vite en Pays bastiais "


 Night in Bastia in one of the accommodations of your choice. To help you, consult the website of the Tourist Office of Bastia !


 Day 2 Aleria capital of Roman Corsica and A Ghisunaccia

(About 1H15 from Bastia)


Site Antique d'Aleria©ATC-S.ALESSANDRI Site Antique d'Aleria©ATC-S.ALESSANDRI


Etang d'Urbinu©ATC Etang d'Urbinu©ATC


 Cultural idea: Museum and ancient site of Aleria (entrance fee 4€)


Gourmet idea: seafood and shellfish tasting at the pond of Diana (Aleria) or Urbinu (A Ghisunaccia)


Sustainable tourist idea: electric scooter ride in the Pinia forest (A Ghisunaccia) or walk around the Urbinu pond...


To make your choice of activities, discover our experience !

Prepare your stay in Corsica Orientale Fium'Orbu Castellu Orientale Fium'Orbu Castellu and Oriente


 Drive to Corti in the late afternoon (45 min from Aléria)


Dinner and night in Corti, make your choice on the site of the Tourist Office Centru di Corsica among the various accommodations. Take advantage of the Place Paoli and its numerous cafés and restaurants and enjoy a little rest.  


Day 3 Corti ½ day

(approx.50 min from Aleria)




After a night's rest, discover Corti, the former capital of Corsica as well as a student town. You will notice that everything here recalls the Father of the Corsican Nation, Pasquale Paoli. Street names, statues, commemorative plaques, you are in the Paoline City.


Discover the city: the Cours Paoli, its numerous cafés and restaurants, its stores and its finger-licking stalls. Climb into the old town by the "sculiscia" and discover its cobbled streets, its churches and its citadel. Take your car for a discovery of the Restonica valley


 Tasty idea: Taste the migliacci, a salty speciality made from sheep's cheese


 Culture idea: Don't miss a visit to the Corsican museum located in the Citadel (entrance fee: 5.50 €)


Extra Tip: With a 360° view of the city. Climb to the belvedere at the foot of the Citadel, which overlooks the city and the Restonica valley.


Day 4 Calvi - L'Isula

(about 1h20 from Corte)


Ruelle pavée L'Isula©ATC-S.ALESSANDRI Ruelle pavée L'Isula©ATC-S.ALESSANDRI


Citadelle de Calvi©ATC-S.ALESSANDRI Citadelle de Calvi©ATC-S.ALESSANDRI


Idleness idea: Enjoy an aperitif with Corsican flavours on one of the city's roof tops while contemplating the sunset over the bay of Calvi, bask on the pretty sandy beach accessible from the city centre of Isula


Shopping idea: In Calvi, stroll along Wilson Boulevard and the Rue Clémenceau (pedestrian street) and treat yourself to must have pieces for your wardrobe. You can also stroll along the flea market on the Place des Platanes in Isula and find yourself a unique piece! 


Cultural idea: All year round, discover the Citadel of Calvi and its Powder Magazine with an audio guided tour suggested by the Tourist Office of Calvi Balagne (Rental price of the audio guide 7€ Ad / 4€ Enf subject to change)


Tasty idea: The covered market of Ile-Rousseand its stalls of Corsica products, let yourself be tempted by a Corsican speciality offered in the numerous food stores of the two Balanine towns.

Tip: Visit the balcony villages located on the road of the artisans of Balagne - A Strada di l'Artisgiani


San Antuninu and its donkey rides, Pigna and its cobbled streets, Calinzana and its hundred-year-old olive trees


Take the beach train and discover the pearls of the Balinese coastline

Night in Calvi or Isula, it’s up to you: Calvi Balagne Tourist Office and Ile Rousse Balagne Tourist Office


 Find some inspirations by discovering our experience in Balagne


Day 5: San Fiurenzu by the Agriates Desert

(approx.1h from Ile Rousse)




From Balagne, reach the Nebbiu Conca d'Oru and San Fiurenzu region, crossing the Agriates desert. This territory composed of very dense scrubland is protected by the Conservatoire du Littoral. In spring, it is a festival of colours and smells which are offered to you. Some viewpoints overlooking the sea will be the occasion for very pretty photos


Tasty idea: Attend the return of the fishing boats and enjoy the best fish in town in one of the restaurants located on the marina


Idleness idea: For your aperitif, take a seat on the terrace of the Place des Portes and watch a game of Petanque (silver balls or boules) in the shade of the plane trees.  


A change of scenery: Depending on the season, take a jump in a cab boat on one of the two most beautiful beaches of the region, Saleccia and Lotu. Crystal clear and shallow waters. Approximately 20€ return trip


Overnight stay in Saint Florent or in a nearby village, make your choice on the website of the Nebbiu Conca d'Oru Tourist Office

 A few kilometers from San Fiurenzu, take a break in one of the most famous vineyards of the island: the AOC Patrimoniu


Visit cellars and tastings (very often free) and discover the wines of Corsica


Day 6 Cap Corse - U Capi Corsu



In order, visit Nonza, its plunging view on its black sandy beach, its tower, Canari and its 17th century bell tower, Pinu, its convent and its Scalu navy, Centuri and its lobster fishermen, Macinaghjiu starting point of the "sentier des Douaniers" (customs officers' path), Erbalunga and its immersed tower... A road trip in itself, U Capi Corsu is full of treasures and exceptional viewpoints.


 Unusual idea: A few kilometres from Bastia, stop at the church Notre Dame de Lavasina and visit the museum of Ex-voto


Timeless idea: At the Scalu navy, stop at the small bar with its special atmosphere...


Tasty idea: The lobsters of Centuri!


 Be inspired by our weekend around the Cap Corse Capi Corsu


 Meet our ambassador for a day !


 The Cap Corse, Capi Corsu Tourist Office will be able to guide and advise you during your stay in the region


Day 7 return to Bastia


On your last day, enjoy a lunch or a snack on the Saint Nicolas square before taking off. 


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