We will refund you the difference plus an extra 5% discount off your stay. Contact us on 0203 475 4756.
- If you find the exact same product (same dates, same residence, same type of accommodation, same reservation conditions) on sale elsewhere cheaper than we offer, we will refund you the difference.
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Located between Italy and France in the Mediterranean, the beautiful island of Corsica is home to idyllic stretches of soft golden sands lapped by clear turquoise waters. The island itself offers stunning scenery, with rocks and dramatic cliffs as well as undulating mountains and valleys, with some beautiful towns found at the top of the mountains from which guests can enjoy panoramic views of the island. Long a favourite with sailing enthusiasts, as well as those wanting to simply relax and unwind on the beach, Corsica is ideal whatever you're looking for.
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Guests can spend their days in Corsica soaking up the gorgeous landscapes, before wandering along beaches or cliff faces, taking in the breath taking scenery. Alternatively, get to know the locals in one of the many bars, or enjoy delicious dishes at the restaurants lining the beaches. Madame Vacances offers an idyllic property in the town of San Nicolao, with a taste of the history of the island, as well as lush inland scenery and beautiful beaches lapped by the waves of the shallow sea. Our Residence Sognu di Rena is located right on the beach and close to the shops and restaurants of the resort. Each of the apartments offers well thought-out self-catering facilities, and there is also an outdoor swimming pool as well as plenty of other amenities onsite.
Things to do
Spills and thrills
Corsica is an idyllic island perfect for those wanting to simply relax and unwind. Full of stunning sights and some fascinating history, there is also plenty for more active holidaymakers. For amazing views and challenging walking, hiking is the best way to explore the island. Visitors can head to Scandola Nature Reserve, which is home to sea eagles, interesting rock formations and is one of the most beautiful coastlines in France. Scandola Nature Reserve can only be reached on foot through the mountains, or by boat from Calvi or Porto. Alternatively, Calanques de Piana will wow you with its scenery and cliff faces, with rocks that seem to change colour throughout the day. Lac de Melu is also ideal for keen hikers, with lakes that feel like they're a world away from the rest of the island.
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As with most islands with a pretty coastline and a warm climate, there's a wide range of water sports for those wanting to try something fast paced during their stay. Windsurfing and surfing are popular on the island, while snorkelling and scuba diving offer a peaceful way to explore the underwater world, while kayaking and pedalo rides are family-friendly options.
Those seeking a peaceful day soaking up the peace and tranquillity of the area should try a trip to the nearby Lavezzi Islands. Guests can pack up a picnic and find a boat which will them off for the day, before spending hours mooching along the warm sands, exploring the islands. Filled with tempting rock pools, little beaches and hiking trails, this is undisturbed nature at its best. The secluded waters surrounding the islands also make them ideal for keen snorkelers. For a more challenging foray into the natural surroundings of the islands, visitors can also try their hand at mountain climbing up to the top of Monte Cinto, which is the highest on the island.
Rocks and ruins
Those wanting to explore the human history and culture of the island have plenty on offer in Corsica too. The Maison Bonaparte is the ancestral home of the iconic Bonaparte family, and is a stunning example of Corsican architecture, housing some incredible exhibitions and artefacts from the life of the family. The Musée Fesch is an art gallery housed in the beautiful Palace building, offering stunning sights from both its interior and exterior. Collections include works by well-known artists from the 19th and 20th Centuries, as well as some unknown pieces, offering an insight into works of art from the island. If you prefer to explore more ancient history, Corsica is also home to an archaeological site: Filitosa. A megalithic site, the ruins date back to the Neolithic era and the start of the Bronze Age. It is well sign-posted, with a café and a small shop at the entrance, as well as stunning views over the surrounding landscape. There is also a guide book available for those wanting a more in depth insight into the inhabitants of these ruins.
Eating and drinking
The island of Corsica mixes a variety of delicious cuisines and ingredients to form its own unique variety of dishes. With the delicate flavours of France, and Mediterranean influences thrown in, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out or self-catering. Many of the heartier dishes include wild boar, which can be found roaming the island, while fish lovers will find plenty of choice here. Prawns, oysters and sea bream are all caught locally and cooked to perfection in the many restaurants, while there are also some traditional island cheeses on offer. Brocciu is made using sheep's milk, or Brousse a cow-based alternative, which is served during the summer months. And for dessert, guests can enjoy a wide range of options, with chestnut tart, Fiadone, which is a cheesecake-like dish, and Beignets, which are chestnut flour doughnuts sometimes filled with cheese. To wash down these delicious options guests can enjoy wine from the region, as well as some Corsican beers.
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Most of the restaurants of the island offer guests a high standard of cuisine, with food and drink an important part of daily life for most Corsicans. Most of the residents enjoy a full three course meal over lunch, and some will even head inside for a siesta. One of the best-reviewed restaurants on the island is U Catagnu in San Nicolao, which offers excellent service, with a wide choice of options on the menu. The moules are a must, the burgers are generous, pizzas are perfect for the children and the friendly staff are on hand to help guests choose an excellent local wine. For something more rustic, U Tavanincu in Velone Orneto is ideal, while La Fabrique in Ajaccio offers 20 flavours of gelato, ideal for a break from the warm sun.
Nightlife in Corsica tends to be low key, and consist of after dinner drinks served in candlelit restaurants and bars. Guests can enjoy the locally produced wines, as well as beers and cocktails. Calvi Marina is ideal for a more up market evening experience, while Ajaccio offers the most bars and restaurants that open late into the night. Bastia is the best place to go for clubs, some of which do stay open into the early hours of the morning and offer a range of different music options.
Babysitting and Childcare Facilities
There are very few childcare options for those travelling to Corsica, although most hotels do offer babysitting facilities as well as kids' clubs which run throughout the day.
Most of Corsica's roads are narrow and winding, with very few places to park. The main towns of the island are home to car parks, while some restaurants offer their own facilities. In high season it can be difficult to find parking options around the island.