- Reviews: 1753
The Turtle's rest. (translation of above.): U Riposti di a Cupulatta!!!
Four rooms, all with different themes are ready to welcome you here, and all built by the owner Bruno's hands!! After helping run his fathers transport business and then running a restaurant in the south of France, he turned to farming and making his own "foie gras", only stopping when his back gave out....Finished up here in Sollacaro and actually built his own house and this one for a b + b all by himself. Superb view from the window and balcony over to the bay of Porto Pollo and the marvelous sunset. Very romantic with a glass of something in hand. Great welcome from Bruno, who was full of ideas and suggestions for hiking and places to see. A copious b'fast is served in the central room or on the terrace when weather permits.
We paid 75 euros for the double inc. b'fast.
Terrific view out over the hills to the sea, plus the lovely welcome from the owner.
- Reviews: 1753
Auberge du Col de Bavella.: Right on the GR 20!!
Only stayed here one night because there was nothing much else in the area and we did want to walk a bit of the famous GR 20. Only has dorm rooms for 4 people, although negociable, as we did, to get one for 2 ( but I doubt if you could in season.) Very expensive for what you get though. The evening meal was fine although charged extra for 50cl of red wine but the b'fast was yesterdays bread toasted up, no OJ, no croissants, no extras at all, just that.
A dorm room for 4 people would cost 35 euros for 1/2 pension per person. I negociated and got the room for 50 euros 1/2 pension for each of us 2. There is no bed linen provided, only a blanket and a pillow. These rooms are generally for trekkers passing through on the GR 20 who have their own sleeping bags.
- Reviews: 1753
Chez Mme. Tomasi.: Nice house not far from Bonifacio.
We actually stayed here for 3 nights owing to the amount of visiting around Bonifacio, trekking and a bit of laying on the beach as well. Situated in a village about 20 kms from Bonifacio this was ideal for what we wanted. Away from the bustle and quite close to some tiny sandy beaches with nobody on them. All the rooms have been renovated recently with new showers put in. Very large room on the ground floor with T.V. if you want it of course. Lovely b'fast was served in a glass sided veranda unit just behind the house. Home made jam and fresh bread and croissants from round the corner. In season Mme. Tomasi opens the restaurant "Chez Felix" just opposite the b + b.
Cost was 58 euros for the double inc. b'fast.
- Reviews: 1753
Casa Magdala.: Ever slept in a brothel before ?
Re-assure yourselves, this is an EX-brothel transformed first into an auberge (de la Scala) and since 4 years into a charming b + b. Lovely sized room giving onto the valley and the river, where you can find a sandy beach!!!Built in the 1890's it served as a brothel whilst the Foreign Legion was stationed in Corte, about 18 kms away. Martine and Philippe have undertaken the renovation with relish but in their living quarters there are still traces of the time where walls and ceilings were all painted red. The house has its own source (spring) for water coming down from the mountains above it, and it tastes good!!! When weather is good breakfast is taken in the garden with all the inherent sounds of birdsong. Very refreshing. The only thing I could say against this b + b is that there is no restaurant close at hand, "Chez Jacqueline" at 2 kms only being open at lunchtime off-season. But there is always the solution of Corte at 18 kms which is no big deal or a Pizzeria/Grill which is situated on the main road N193 close to Omessa at about 9 kms.
The house can take up to 10 people.
Almost given away at 50 euros for the double inc. b'fast.
Our hosts were so full of info for treks in the area, we stayed an extra day and a half, after having our appetites whetted.
- Reviews: 1753
Hotel Bon Accueil.: Small 2* in Porto.
Although the room was not exactly big, it was clean and well decorated. A small balcony with a table and a couple of chairs was welcome for a beer or two while watching the sun go down.
Only 55 euros for the double, the buffet b'fast costs 7 euros extra.
- Reviews: 1753
Chez Martinet.: Homely b + b. Sagone.
Nice b + b run by an elderly, but very alert gentleman. We had the studio upstairs but he does have another apartment in the house plus he can let you have another one that would suit large groups (up to 10 p.) In the studio there was a huge fridge with milk, OJ, and other drinks. There was ample butter, jam and cereals and M. Martinet would go down to the bakers and bring back fresh bread around 8 in the morning.
You also have the run of the garden and the large swimming pool!!!!
Out of season (Sept) we paid 60 euros for 2 inc b'fast.
Undoubtedly the swimming pool.
- Reviews: 1779
Ercu Hut: Under the Cinto !
Ecu hut is open all year but there is no permanent keeper, even in summer; from time to time, it is provided with a gas cylinder and there is water nearby: these are the only comfort signs of the hut. In low season, it is easy to find a place for sleeping in rough comfort (bring your sleeping bag and a light (roll or “Thermarest-type”) mattress).
It is located in a small valley (picture 1), dominated by the Cinto. It was quite cold when I was there, and snow was still around (picture 2). You just have to open the door (picture 3) and make yourself comfortable.
The hut looks really tiny in the mighty mountains (picture 4). . . A nice day hike is going to the hut and back if you prefer to sleep in Calacuccia or the vicinity; the trail is easy, and cuts short the 4WD road, only used by the shepherds checking for their sheep and the National Park warden.
- Reviews: 1779
Sanctus Franciscus Niolensis monastery: Why not sleep in a monastery?
Need a spirirual retreat for a few days? A rest from the hustle and bustle of life in city? Just a shelter for the night? You can have all this here, at the St Franciscus convent. Not anymore run (but owned) by the Franciscan order, this monastery is now a “Gite d’étape”, a hostel where hikers and trekkers (and other) can sleep and have a breakfast.
It is a hostel, do not expect some luxury (despite the price!), but you certainly will have quietude. There is a dormitory on the second floor and rooms on the first floor; I took a four beds room with a private bathroom for our small party, and we slept well. No internet, telephone, TV or whatsoever, just a place for sleeping, relax.
Be patient at the reception, you may have to wait for some time before the keeper comes and opens the door after ringing the bell (picture 1). Waiting for the keeper to come, you can have a look around, walk in the “wild” garden (picture 2), or look at the church from different angles (picture 3).
Bunk beds in the room, but I can ensure you can sleep well and late, there, but may be it is also a generation matter (picture 4), and, for breakfast you may use your own stuff and help yourself in the kitchen for preparing coffee, and eat something in a big eating room (picture 5).
There are other accommodation possibilities in the area of Calaccucia, but most of them are open only during season, and I think it is a good choice to sleep in this monastery.
- Reviews: 1779
"My" Camping place: Wild camping near the river.
Guide books or flyers from tourist offices say “wild camping” is not allowed inside the Pac National de Haute Corse; I did not meet anybody who is supposed to enforce this rule. . . . . Probably in summer, there may be forest guards or rangers who make sure people camp in designated places only, but at the end of winter, you may not be disturbed if you camp wisely.
“Wild camping” is not allowed for a number of environmental reasons, the major of which is danger of forest fires; not that you may be caught in a fire (this can happen!), but because the camper can be a danger for the forest, and some unaware people do not take any precaution when they camp, make fires, leave glass on the ground, etc. . . they can be a danger and easily set fire in the forest. Another reason, is that many campers tend to bury their leftovers, rather than taking their garbage with them, back to a disposal place. So, don’t camp “wild” in summer, but, in the cold and wet days, you can try; this advice does not prevent you from being “clean” and I am not responsible if you get a fine from the forest administration. . . . ;)
There are many camping places in Corsica, near the villages, and it may be wise to go there, but I do not know how it looks like in summer; myself, I would not like them. . . .
Wild camping on first picture, and signs designating campings on the second picture.
- Reviews: 1779
Refuge de Sega: We were happy to reach the hut!
The Sega hut is located on the “Mare a Mare” (Sea to Sea) trail, on the higher part of the Tavignano Valley; having left Corte in the beginning afternoon, we reached the shelter before dusk, and were happy to find it open with a few other trekkers already busy with cooking or installing a tent nearby. After the 720 m ascent from Corte, the shelter was very welcome for the walkers who had not to rig up a tent and could immediately begin to make some food.
The refuge is very basic and looking around, I had the feeling, the keeper has not been here since a few months, or at least, he did nothing to keep it clean.
We slept on the beds with our sleeping bags with open window in the room we chose; there was no propane, and we prepared our dinner on my small camping cooker.
Well, not a luxury place, a bit dirty, but there was a roof, and that was the most important after the 6 hours walk uphill.
The administration of the Natural Regional park of Corsica is responsible for the maintenance of the trails and most of the shelters and huts. It is advisable to contact them if you need information about the huts, or make reservations.
The hut is well located next to the river (picture 1); best was in the morning when the youngsters prepared the breakfast (picture 2), which had been taken in the fresh air, enjoying the mountain views (picture 3) or sitting next to the roaring waters (picture 4).
Open all year; no food; keeper from May first to October first. Reservations are recommended in high season (July-August); there is accommodation for 36 people, in rooms and dormitories for 8. Possibility to camp nearby.
- Reviews: 7
Apartment for rent
I find that apartment is very well located. The sight is splendid. All the museums are at side, the restaurants, the shops. I adore my stay there.
This Apartment to be rented is located in the historical centre and pedestrian of Ajaccio. Sight on the sea. It is entirely equipped, kitchenette (refrigerator-freezer, micro waves).
Shopping: closed of all the stores and market (daily)
Transport: 200 m from the bus towards all the beaches , maritime shuttle towards southern beach.
Sea: 150 meters of the port (harbour station) and 200 meters of the first beaches, ballades at sea, hiring of boats. Activities: nautical excursions, activities, tennis, horsemanship, thalassotherapy, discotheques, casino, bowling.
Culture: You will be able to visit the Napoleonean Museum, the House Bonaparte, the Imperial Chapelle, and the Library.
- Reviews: 240
Hotel Kallisté: Ajaccio center hotel
This hotel has only 2 stars, but would deserve 3 in my opinion. It is centrally located in Corsica`s capital Ajaccio. Ask for a quiet room, the hotel is facing a busy street. My room was very quiet though, facing the side street. I think the windows are double glazed anyway, but at least I do not like to sleep with windows closed in summer. The room was rather pleasant, of a good size, with terracotta tiles and nice exposed brick work arches. It was very clean. Staff was friendly.
- Reviews: 240
Les voyageurs: Bastia center hotel
Les voyageurs is located in central Bastia. I stayed one night there before taking the ferry back to Livorno. They have 24 rooms. There is a really pleasant, airy (apart from the cigarette smoke coming from the receptionist) lobby, furnished in a classic style and painted - like all the rooms there - in a pale yellow. There is also something like a library, which could be also used as a small conference room. The room, well, it looked ok at first sight, had also a plasma TV and a fridge. It had a carpeted floor, what I do not like that much though. The bathroom had nice floor tiles and a bathtub, but after I had discovered some black hairs on the bathroom floor which weren`t my own, I abstained from taking a bath there - it was just superficially clean. The good thing is, that you just walk 5 minutes to the train station and to the harbour. Parking costs 6 EUR per day.
- Reviews: 240
U sirenu: Feel at one with nature :)
So, this was my favourite accomodation in Corsica! U sirenu is a restaurant, serving solid, good farmers cuisine, and in their garden they have 2 cabins for rent. Those cabins seem to be very new, have 3 double rooms (they shut the rooms you don`t need) and a living-kitchen area. The bathroom was great, with one of those hydromassage showers. Outside of your cabin you`ll have a terrace of your own and a barbecue grill. U sirenu is in the countryside, circa 13 km from Sartène and about 40 km from Bonifacio. It is well situated to enjoy both - beaches and countryside. The closest beaches are Roccapina, about 7 km and Tizzano, about 25 km The owners are nice. Their garden is lovely adapted, with a lot of fruit trees, for example I had a lemon tree in front of the cabin. Beneath the property is a meadow with grassing sheep. There are many lizards and in the evening you can observe the bats flying around. I wasn`t that delighted about walking around in the garden any more after i had seen a long snake meandering there :). There is also a swimming pool. On September 1st hunting season starts in Corsica, and you have the possibility to go hunting or fishing with your hosts. Actually I didn`t go shooting myself :) - but I could watch the guys preparing the just shot wild pigs in the morning before having my breakfast :). They also offer excursion with 4wd cars.
- Reviews: 5
Hotel de la Roya: Outstanding location
Lovely small hotel with outstanding location on the beach. 5 minute drive / 15 minute walk into town. Hotel has free bicycles which are ideal for nipping into town.
Hotel prides itself on expertise of the chef who prepares beautiful meals- at a price! Fortunately we did not opt for half board. There is no choice on the Table d'hote menu and there is a strong bias towards fish. Table d'hote price 30 euros a head. Lunch is similarly lavish and expensive. No light meals here!
The staff were all very friendly and the rooms (Mediterannee) were quite small. Goodness knows what the standard (Agriates) rooms were like.
Would not recommend for families but for couples it's ideal.
The view from our room was beautiful - through the trees towards St Florent.
There was no stampede for sun loungers - in fact we were often the only people at the pool.
There are loungers on the beach and in the garden too.
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