Corsica, located just north of Sardinia and Italy’s Tuscan coast, is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean. Corsica is popular for its beautiful white sand beaches, along 1,000 km of coastline. It’s also a great hiking destination, with thousands of km of trails and bridelways, and 120 summits of more than 2000m. The situation for running on Corsica poses a bit of a challenge. The main roads along the coast generally lack a shoulder or sidewalk — there aren’t many longer seafront ‘promenade’ paths. And the beaches tend to have finer sand and are not great for running. Corsica is heaven for trail running — but it tends to be challenging.
We’ve researched some of the best places to run on Corsica, with an emphasis on scenic coastal locations that feature a dedicated path or a safe road for running. We’ve also put together a list of some of the more runnable beaches on Corsica. For trail running, these are some of the easier options. Those who want hilly, rugged trails will find endless opportunities.
Runners should note that Corsica is a very sunny climate, and is hot and dry in the summer. Many of the roads and trails are exposed.