we are planning to have a week in Corsica early June and would probably prefer to stay in one place and do days trips Where would be best to stay ? ? Corte
Hello Ann, Corte is not a bad idea to vist the Northern part of the island, Porto Vecchio is also ideal to visit the South, Propriano could work as well. Also June is the perfect time to enjoy Corsica whilst avoiding the massive summer crowds so well done you and you should have an amazing time.
It really depends what sort of holiday you like. Corte is a long way from the coast so would be far from ideal for a beach holiday There are excellent walks around the area and it does have a station on the very scenic railway.
The area around Calvi and L'ile Rousse is a good choice for coast and mountains.
Great choice of island and timing. I am sure you will love Corsica - but beware it is addictive :)
It is a very good idea to stay in one place. Regardless of where you choose to base yourself you will not have to go far to experience the diverse splendour of Corsica.
I would personally prefer to stay on the coast. The sea temperature will be above 20 degrees while the water of the beautiful Restonica River near Corte will still be quite fresh in the beginning of June.
If you would like to have an idea of what you can reach in daytrips by car from the Balagne area (Ile Rousse, Algajola, Calvi) have a look at this document on my favourite thing to do. It contains distances and driving times. algajola.dk/Trips%20from%20Algajola-2011.pdf
As you can see, you will definitely be spoilt for choice! As long as you are Ok renting a car and driving in corsica (which is not that big a deal, just a few more turns than the usual highways), you will find a good mix of coast and mountain sites zithin easy reach of the largest cities. Corte is definitely a great spot if you decide to have an "all-mountain" holiday as it is at the central point of several valleys and mountains. However, if you plan on having regular beach sessions, it is a bit of a long ride so place closer to the coast is probably better. Please also bear in mind tat the high altitude weather in June might not be clear bue skies everyday (but I'd agree with all my colleagues, definitely a great time to come and visit).
North, South... the corsicans themselves still debate about it!
In terms of interesting cities to visit (museum, pedestriqn streets...) Ajaccio is definitely top of my list. Best beaches are probably south east near Porto-Vecchio and north west around "desert des agriates"/St florent.
If you want to extend your research and make up your own mind: www.corsicaexperience.com
Have a great stay!
Hey Penny...finding a vehicle for 8 will be a struggle, particulatly if you need room for luggage as well.
Hi. We've just returned from a great holiday in OluDeniz Turkey. We had a superb 23 room boutique hotel with lovely pool, very nice restaurant and al but a stones throw from the med with clear blue waters. Scenery was amazing and to be honest we feel we've been spoilt, but fancy trying Corsica next june or july for a 10 day stint. We're in our 50s (middle age!) and like our food, especially seafood and fresh fruit, with the odd glass of wine. Prefer places without kids (sorry kids) a bit of sufistication but not ultra plus modern. B&B so we can pick our restaurant for each evening and good old romance with sunsets etc all adds to the experience. Any recommendations would be greatfull. Thanks, Paul
Corsica is very, very different from Oludeniz. Fethiye, Oludeniz etc. are very "resorty" and Corsica is not resorty at all. There are pockets around the island, but for the most part it is far more rustic. Obviously, no dolmus on Corsica and it is extremely challenging to get around on public transportation. You need a rental car.