Casa Aqua di Licci

Comfortable  |  Villa  

L'Extrême Sud  |  Sotta

3 bedrooms - Sleeps up to 6

An authentic stone-built house set in a small village and offering far reaching views.

Set in a small southern village and surrounded by beautiful expanses of maquis and holm oak woods, Casa Aqua di Licci is a traditional and authentic stone-built house with a private pool and wonderful views. It is the ideal choice for those seeking tranquillity and complete seclusion amongst a typical Mediterranean setting, whilst still having a good selection of facilities and fabulous beaches within easy reach.

The property itself is traditional in décor with a number of rustic touches and local wooden furniture. Set on two levels, there are three bedrooms and a family bathroom on the air-conditioned upper floor, whilst the living areas and kitchen are arranged on the ground floor with access to the conservatory and terraces.

Outside, there is a summer kitchenette with a built-in barbecue along with a lovely shaded pergola under the trees and a sun-drenched pool area. From here, sit back and relax – take in the far-reaching views across the rolling hinterland towards the mountain range of Cagna and you will undoubtedly find the hours just slipping away…

There is an excellent épicerie in Sotta, just a 10 minute drive away, which offers a good choice of local produce such as cheese, charcuterie, olive oil and wine. For a wider range of amenities, the bustling town of Porto Vecchio as well as the spectacular beach of Santa Giulia are just 15 minutes’ drive away.

 

Layout

Ground floor: Living room with dining area, well-equipped kitchen, conservatory, small shower room and wc.

First floor: Two double bedrooms, twin bedroom, bathroom with wc.

Facilities

Private pool (7m x 3.5m, depth 0.5m-2m), television, dishwasher, microwave, hi-fi, washing machine, barbecue, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning on first floor.

Location

  • Beach: Santa Giulia 8km
  • Restaurants: Sotta 6km
  • Shops: Sotta 6km
  • Main Town: Porto Vecchio 12km
  • Airport: Figari 10km

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About the Local Area

ABOUT AREA

The village of Sotta sits in between the mountains and the sea with beautiful views of the stunning scenery and the sea beyond. The village offers the usual amenities including a restaurant and supermarket for the essentials and is perfectly situated to explore the amazing south of the island with its excellent beaches and countryside.

LOCAL BEACHES

Golfe de Figari
These secluded and unfrequented coves are just delightful – a gorgeous string of narrow sandy creeks spread around a shallow turquoise bay. If you can’t bear the crowds of the more popular beaches in the height of the summer season, then these will just be the perfect choice for you. You can access any of the coves via unmarked dirt tracks through the maquis and a few minutes walk.

Palombaggia
Arguably the most famous beach on the island, the beach at Palombaggia is one of Corsica's finest and therefore one of its most popular. It was voted one of Europe's top 20 beaches in a poll in the Times this year and as such it can be very crowded in peak season - and it's easy to see why. An exquisite blend of fine white sand guarded by huge red granite rocks and fronted with gorgeous blue seas, and lined with beautiful pine trees. The access road may seem long and it can be crowded in high season, but at any other time of year is well worth a visit.

Santa Giulia
This is another very popular beach close to Porto Vecchio. In contrast to Palombaggia it has pale yellow sand but it can be just as crowded as its more famous cousin. It has a good selection of shops and restaurants and it is also very popular with water sports enthusiasts.

Pinarellu
This exquisite bay situated 7km north of Porto Vecchio with its fine sweep of yellow sand is more than worth a visit and was recently included in The Times' list of the best 20 beach holidays in Europe. While you're there you can check out the near perfect Genoese tower which dominates the peninsula. It has a long sweep of soft white sand and is backed by a pine forest, ideal for any members of the party who need shade.

San Ciprianu
A beautiful half moon of white sand and turquoise water to the North of Porto Vecchio that has several water sports facilities.

FESTIVALS

Foire de Porto Vecchio - Porto Vecchio, June
Traditional artisan fair.

Lumières de Toscane - Porto Vecchio, June
Lyrical concerts, parades, theatrical representations, art exhibitions, arts and crafts, cinematography and workshops for school children. This event is held in three places: cultural centre, bastion de France and the narrow streets of the town.

Journées Médiévales - Bonifacio, June
A variety of mediaeval entertainment and exhibitions.

Festival de Jazz - Pinarellu, September
Some of the best jazz musicians in Europe gather for a week in Pinarellu to perform latino jazz, blues, piano, trumpet, etc... A mesmerising event not to be missed if you are in the area.

Fête de la Nativité de la Vierge - Bonifacio, September
Stuffed aubergines ‘à la Bonifacienne’ are prepared and distributed amongst the people attending the ceremony of this religious feast.

Mosaicales du Rire de Porto Vecchio - Porto Vecchio, September
The Tourist Office and Philippe Delmas Productions, the organisers, are proud to present this event welcoming both famous French comedians and up-and-coming artists as well as celebrities to entertain - all under the theme of laughter.

THINGS TO SEE & DO

Old Porto Vecchio
The old Genoese walled town still seduces visitors with its picturesque narrow streets and the austerity of its high stone houses that are set within the Citadel's ramparts. Wander the ancient streets, the Borgo, where you can see the enormous twisted tree of the Place de la République, the 19th century church of St-Jean Baptiste and the gallery housed within the Bastion di A Funtana Vechju. Experience live Corsican music and soak up the local atmosphere. Amongst the best venues is 'la Taverne du Roi', which is tucked away in the citadel of Porto Vecchio. Many restaurants also host a Corsican night once a week featuring a local band - look out for posters or ask your representative for up-to-date information.

Porto Vecchio Marina
Within a few minutes walk of the old town, the marina lined with cafés is an excellent place to enjoy a leisurely drink during those hot summer evenings. There is also a variety of boat trips on offer with tours around the beautiful coastline.

L'Ospédale and Col de Bavella
Drive inland more than 1200m up to the spectacular Col de Bavella, one of the most dramatic passes in Corsica with stunning views across extensive forest, ocean and mountains. Also visit the surrounding mountain villages in the area. Try canyoning or take a dip in a rock pool in the rivers of the Bavella massif. There are many walks through the forests to the hidden waterfalls of the Alta Rocca, including Piscia di Gallo, or Cockerall falls. A short drive inland from Porto Vecchio will bring you to the Ospédale forest, and some great spots for a picnic.

Mountain restaurant
Try one of the mountain restaurants and indulge your tastebuds with mountain food. Amongst our recommendations are 'le Refuge' near the Lac de l'Ospedale or 'A  Pignata' in the village of Levie.

Ste Lucie de Tallano
Most people love the sleepy little village of Ste Lucie de Tallano, with its grand old granite houses grouped around a picturesque square - la place du monument aux morts - looking over the valley of the Rizzanese River. From here it's only a short distance to the fabulous rock pools at Zonza. The sides of the river have flat rocks which are excellent for sunbathing, and the rock pools along the length of this stretch of the river provide tranquil and crystal-clear (if sometimes a little chilly) water in which to bathe.

Bonifacio
At Corsica’s southernmost point, the fortress town of Bonifacio sits in an isolated location perched high on a limestone plateau and surrounded by an expanse of maquis. Mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, the precipitous white cliffs overhang the turquoise waters below and are honeycombed with old watery grottoes. Established in 833, the old town is rich in history with its dramatic Citadel, ramparts and maze of narrow cobbled streets. The newer harbour has a more Italian flair with an abundance of cafés and restaurants dotted along the Quai Comparetti – the perfect spot to watch the yachts set sail.

Pertusato lighthouse
Walk along the cliffs of Bonifacio to the Pertusato lighthouse and admire the stunning views back towards the town and out over the Straits towards Sardinia.

Sardinia
Why not take a trip to Sardinia for the day? Take the ferry across (1h crossing) - market day at Santa Teresa di Gallura is Thursday.