For its 100th edition, the Tour de France starts in Corsica with the first three stages now behind us and a good chance of visting the "Ile de Beaute" virtually...
The most spectacular stage was the second one from Bastia to Ajaccio, as it crossed the island through its most mountainous part. And here is the proof:
Bastia is usually your first port of call - so to speak - if you are coming from Nice via the overnight ferry, which I would highly recommend, as it provides for a spectacular early morning view of Cap Corse and the port of Bastia.
If you are not cycling with the Tour, the most scenic way to go down to Ajaccio is to take the single track train (autorail) that wanders through the dsame mountains with a chance to stop in Corte, one of the most picturesque villages in Corsica, or anywhere else for that matter!
After two days on the rails and a stopover in Corte, you will arrive at the magnificent Bay of Ajaccio, and you may want to take the ferry back to the mainland and Toulon from there...but don't rush as there is plenty to do there!
And certainly not before seeing the sunset on the "Iles Sanguinaires" - the "Bloody Islands" - named like that either for their red colour during sunset, or because of all the blood letting during the various invasions of the island - so far the French have prevailed - but for how long???
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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