Cap Corse Road is one of the best coastal drives in the world
Located on the north-east of the island of Corsica, in France, Cap Corse Road is one of the best coastal drives in the world.
What’s the Cap Corse Road?
Cap Corse Road is a very scenic drive with spectacular views of the ocean and charming villages. The scenery is spectacular and the road, at times, utterly terrifying. The journey is one of the most famous drives in Corsica with wild mountains and beaches, charming villages and splendid views. The road was first built by one of the Napoleans in the nineteenth century.
How long is Cap Corse Road?
Located in the Haute-Corse department, the road is called D80. It’s 102km (63 miles) long hugging the coastal roads of le Cap. Running from Bastia to Saint-Florent, is one of the most beautiful roads in the world.
Is Cap Corse Road challenging?
The picturesque coastal road D80 is a highway of consistently stunning scenery. The road is totally paved but in pretty poor conditions along the spectacular drive. The drive has a few sections that are quite narrow. It is actually large enough to cross a large bus, but barely. So it is quite impressive. It just becomes difficult where the cliffs are not straight and you face a bus going in the opposite direction... there you might have to maneuver a little bit.
Is Cap Corse Road worth it?
This beautiful coast road heads north to Cap Corse and its small villages. But as far as possible, go north to south. You'll be on the sea side. It's even better. The views that you will see will leave you speechless. The scenery is spectacular and the road, at times, utterly terrifying, with dramatic crashing waves beckoning from below white-knuckle sheer drops. The most scenic, unique, dramatic landscape opens up in front of you. There is plenty of parking to stop and take pictures. Touring anticlockwise offers the best views, especially on the West coast with the whole gulf of Saint-Florent. The west coast of this peninsula is simply exceptional. This west coast road has hardly improved for 20 or 30 years, so expect an average speed of around 40 kms/hour. On the west side of the island the road provides fantastic views towards the sea. Try the following variant: D33 southward of the village Pino. This street is tight, paved and just a few hundred meters away from the coast road but even more thrilling. Drive slowly because there is no room for failures.
Road suggested by: Nicolas Runavot