Corsica Southern Secrets with Saddle Skedaddle

My second year of guiding for Saddle Skedaddle started last week with their six-day “Southern Secrets” trip on Corsica.

Making the most of the abundance of contours the island offers, Saddle Skedaddle‘s Southern Secrets route clocks daily distances of around 100 to 130km with altitude gains of between 2,000 and 3,000m.

Chatting away on the climb
Chatting away on the climb
Snow lingering on the higher mountains
Snow lingering on the higher mountains

As well as being a great place to walk, Corsica has some beautiful roads for cycling. The Tour de France visited the island for the Grand Depart in 2013 and rides can combine long climbs into the mountains with stunning coastal excursions.

Spring time brings lush greens to the island
Spring time brings lush greens to the island
Beautiful coast line with crystal clear water
Beautiful coast line with crystal clear water

There are several old towns nestled in the hills providing a good source of cafe and boulangerie stops.

View over Sartène
View over Sartène

On reaching the small town of Zonza, there is the option of making a bonus ascent of the Col de Bavella, a mountain pass in a spectacular position below the majestic Aiguilles de Bavella.

Approaching the Col de Bavella
Approaching the Col de Bavella

As the route threads its way around the island, it visits the old capital Corte, the port of Bonifacio and later traverses the chestnut growing region of Castagniccia.

Just one more climb...
Just one more climb…

Known as L’Île de Beauté, this trip is yet another reason to visit Corsica.