Booked a package deal with Thomson. First time in the south of Corsica. It felt more Italian than the north but still had a French feel.
Hire a car as it will enable you to escape the U Paesolu and have a much more enjoyable time. It also pays for itself if you do a few journeys that are available as trips. e.g. Bonafacio, Bavella. The trips supplied by Thomson were very expensive. Unlike the north, the roads are very good in the south, with the only really narrow road we encountered was near the Col de Bavella but this was only a short bit.
Friendly staff at the reception. Everything else was poor. We had a mini villa/bungalow. No air conditioning other than a dirty fan (which I cleaned). Flooring was seventies dark brown tiles, which were chipped. You had to exchange your own bedding and towels once a week at the laundry on site. The towels look ancient and are all odd colours, although seemed to be clean. The bathroom was terrible. The shower cubicle was small and all the grouting and sealant was grimy. I had a large cockroach come up through a hole in the floor one night. (my advice is to buy some insect repellent). The toilet seat was a cheap plastic thing that had seen better days. Limited power points except in the kitchen area. The only redeeming feature was the patio, which we used daily to eat breakfast and dinner, as it had a nice view over the Pinarellu bay.
N.B. On departure I was given a bill of 0.50 euro per day per person for local holiday tax. This totalled 14 euros. I was surprised but the receptionist pointed to a Thomson notice explaining it. I paid but really felt this should have been pointed out at the welcome meeting or indeed included in the booking price.
Expected more from the beaches based on what we found in the north and also in comparison to the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia. Although they were nice, a lot were covered in seaweed type debris or very crowded. As Sardinia is relatively close we were expecting the same fantastic beaches we experienced there. If it's beaches you want go there instead.
We found that the beaches at Canella, Tarcu and Fatea were the least crowded. These are all a short drive north of Pinarellu. Our favourite beach was at St. Cyprien.
Disappointed with Port Vecchio. Mostly restuarants and not a lot else. Marina quite small. Bonfacio was stunning and well worth the visit. Definitely visit the mountains. We went twice. The first time we went to the L'Ospedale forest and had a long walk to a waterfall and the second time we went to Bavella and had a nice walk there and saw the stunning mountains.
Ate out 4 times. We went to the U Marinu across the road 3 times as the service was friendly and the pizzas were very nice at an average of 10 euros each. Went to La Casa one evening in Pinarellu but were disappointed with the food and service.
The Spar supermarket in St. Lucie is very good but slightly more expensive than the Geant in Porto Vecchio. If you visit the Geant, then either go at opening time or during the early afternoon, to avoid the crowds.
We had a nice holiday but prefer Sardinia for the beaches. If the accommodation had been half decent it would have made a big difference. I wouldn't recommend going to U Paesolu unless you are indifferent to old dirty apartments.
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