Driving around Corsica

Corsica was a great destination for my stick-shift practice. Outside of the cities, we had the roads nearly all to ourselves, so I didn’t have much to worry about other than shifting to match the road conditions, which tended to be narrow, windy, and mountainous. As long as I kept the car from careening off a cliff, we were good.

As you can see from the photos below, they don’t call it the Isle of Beauty (L’Île de Beauté) for nothing. Most were taken from the road between Calvi and Bonifacio on the west coast.

Seascape near Calvi, Corsica, France
Seascape with a winding road, Corsica, France
Seascape with red rocks, Corsica, France

Seascape near Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Seascape near Bonifacio, Corsica, France
Underwater seascape near Bonifacio, Corsica, France
Cliffs near Bonifacio, Corsica, France

We made our way around the island, counterclockwise, fairly quickly, spending just a single night camping in Calvi, Ajaccio, and Bonifacio. We didn’t have much of a plan, and quite honestly it took a while to adjust to the notion that we were on a “vacation”. By the time we got to Porto Vecchio I think we were ready to stay put awhile. We found a nice campground with a pool, market, and adjacent pizzeria and pounded in our tent stakes for three nights.

corsica france porto vecchio tent stephanie justin
Map of our road trip around Corsica: Calvi, Ajaccio, Bonifacio, Porto Vecchio, Pulischellu Canyon, Bastia
Our route around Corsica: Calvi, Ajaccio, Bonifacio, Porto Vecchio, Pulischellu Canyon, Biguglia, Bastia



my grandmother’s family is from Ajaccio, btw. Olmiccia. They still live there. My uncle just returned.

Wow. I did not know that (the Corsican part). Cool.


sound good for a week long trip from germany ;-))

Daniel just got the ducati running (finally!) and we are eager to recreate this trip by motorcycle. What a gorgeous drive! What harbor is that in the first photo?

Csg, it’s just west of Calvi, here:

Let me know if you want any other details.


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