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Route from Bonifacio to Corte

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Route from Bonifacio to Corte

We have to drive from Bonifacio to Corte in mid August but prefer not to be along the East coast road as we'd have already done that journey from Bastia airport. We will have 2 kids in the car so we wouldn't want the actual driving time to be longer than 4 hours [including 2 or 3 stops for views] or 5 hours if it were to include lunch at an attractive village. I would guess that we'd be best to take the D368 from Porto-Vecchio to Zonza, and then on through Quenza, Auliene, Zicavo, Ghisoni, Vivario,& Venaco. If anyone has actually driven this exact route or knows the type of roads, then how long would the actual driving time itself take [we would add on our own stoppage time]. We need to know if we're taking on too much. Thanks. Barry L.

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1. Re: Route from Bonifacio to Corte

Hi Barry, it very much depends on departing time, if you leave at 5am, then the shortest trip would have you in Porto Vecchio at around 5.45am, you will be in Aleria at around 6.45am and in Corte at around 8.30am (this is 3h30 with no stop almost). Should you drive via Quenza (great drive by the way), you can easily add two to three hours...and if you travel around 5pm, then driving up to PortoVecchio will take another 2 extra hours (this is middle August after all). My recommendation, leave early, and go via Aleria for a day trip, if you really want to drive through the mountains then you should split over two days (spend the night at Zicavo?).

Enjoy Corsica!

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Thanks for the reply. We have to do it all in one day. We would need to leave Bonifacio about 9.30/10am. How long would our route take starting at that time would you say? We'd probably have to stop off for lunch. Barry L

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Google maps reckons it will take you 4hours 21 minutes, and since they always underestimate by maybe 30-50% on the little roads, I think it's a safe bet it will take you well over 4 hours in the car.

I have done more or less that drive, in the opposite direction, but sadly don't remember exactly how long the relevant parts took. We stopped for the night in Zicavo, I remember we got there pretty early, probably about 3.30 - 4, having started in Algajola (about an hour north of Corte) at maybe 10 - and had an hour for lunch at Ghisoni, nothing special - so that makes it 3.5 hours without stops, just from Zicavo to Corte. This was in April, so there were no traffic issues. We did the Quenza/Aullene bit the next day, went to Sartene though which is quite a bit nearer than Bonifacio, so not much help to you But even Google maps reckon well over 2 hours from Zicavo to Bonifacio

What I do remember clearly is that parts of the road between Ghisoni and Vivario fall into the category of Corsican roads to avoid - only one and half cars wide, sheer drops without barriers, blind corners, and bad surface. The rest of the roads on your route are fine. Alhough the mountain roads are small and wiggly as shown on Google maps, there's generally plenty of room for two cars. Beautiful scenery, although arguably the bit at the top (from Ghisoni to Zicavo) is a bit boring - lots of trees, so you can't see very far. Vivario and Venaco are on the main Ajaccio/Bastia road, so not the best places to stop - difficult to park, and noisy.

What you could do instead is head up to to Ospedale/Zonza/Col de Bavella and then back down to the coast road at Solenzara, then you branch off the coast road at Aleria on the N200 for Corte. That is a nice road, quick, fairly empty, and scenic. That will be much quicker, probably just making your 4 hours driving time, and you're not on the coast road for very long.

This route has more tourists, less 'la Corse profonde' than your original route, but very beautiful scenery. You can stop by the Ospedale lake, though no swimming alllowed; and/or then a k or two further on a short walk to the Piscia di Gallo; have lunch in Zonza, and/or stop at the col de bavella for a walk and a sandwich. You could swim in the river half way along the N200, near an old bridge (until recently, the main road bridge) - although you won't be alone. Aleria is worth a stop too if you like roman remains.

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4. Re: Route from Bonifacio to Corte

We drove the route described in Balanina's last two paragraphs a couple of weeks ago and can highly recommend it for much stunning scenery and easy navigation. But we found the Roman ruins at Aleria to be rather uninteresting.

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5. Re: Route from Bonifacio to Corte

An update on road conditions : the section between Ghisoni and Vivario has recently been completely redone and is now much wider with an excellent surface.

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