Corsica: Horse Riding
A little slice of heaven (out of peak season)
Corsica's climate and range of natural habitats provide a perfect environment for horseback riding and there are many opportunities for both novice and experienced riders across the island. Corsica is still very unspoilt and largely undeveloped which means there are great areas of natural beauty which can only be explored by leaving the car behind. There are 1,900 kilometres of bridleways criss-crossing the island giving unrivalled views of the beautiful landscape. Galloping across Corsica’s gorgeous beaches or riding on Corsica's hidden pathways are an experience to embrace for horse lovers. Escorted treks of differing lengths can be booked ranging from two hours to a whole day or even longer. Riding schools often advertise beside the roads using the word "ranch" or a picture of a horse. There are riding centres all over the island including Ajaccio, Bastia, Borgo, Calvi, La Porta, L'Ile Rousse, Moriani, Oletta, Porticcio, Porto Vecchio, Propriano, Sagone and Viggianello. Standards are generally very high and horses are in great condition. When booking a trek it is important to mention whether or not you are experienced. During the heat of the summer rides are mainly limited to early morning and early evening. Donkey rides are also popular for children and these are available from Olmi Cappella in the Guissani or Sant'Antonino in the Balagne.