Casa Mia

Comfortable  |  Maison/House  

L'Extrême Sud  |  L'Ospédale

2 bedrooms - Sleeps up to 4

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from £649pp (based on 4 sharing)

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An excellent mountain retreat with a private Swedish hot tub and some fabulous views.

Poised in a spectacular spot, surveying the entire Gulf of Porto Vecchio and miles of ruggedly beautiful island landscape, Casa Mia provides the perfect escape for an invigorating break in the mountains.

It is located on the edge of l’Ospédale, a traditional hillside village and is 20-25 minutes’ drive from Porto Vecchio. Make the most of this wonderful region and discover some of the best kept secrets of Corsica: a walk to Punta di a Vacca Morta will reward you with jaw-dropping views encompassing the entire Extrême Sud coastline, the majestic needles of Bavella and the Valinco Gulf, whilst the walks to Piscia di Gallo, Polischellu and Purcaraccia offer something of a paradise with a series of emerald-green rock pools and picture-postcard waterfalls. Return to Casa Mia after a day exploring where you will immediately feel at home – the accommodation is comfortable and stylishly arranged with a number of personal touches and a soft palette of colours for a calming effect. Swedish-style hot tub, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, television, DVD player, hi-fi, barbecue, air-conditioning.

The house’s exterior features a lovely dining area as well as a Swedish-style hot tub big enough for four, offering the perfect venue to end the day in style, watch the sun go down and completely unwind. This little retreat is ideal for those looking to slow the pace and enjoy the delights of Porto Vecchio’s majestic hinterland.

Layout

Ground floor: Open plan living room with kitchen and small dining area, large outside terrace.

First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room, double bedroom, bathroom with wc.

Facilities

Swedish-style hot tub, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, television, DVD player, hi-fi, barbecue, air-conditioning.

Location

  • Beach: San Ciprianu 24km
  • Restaurants: 300m, Porto Vecchio 20km
  • Shops: Porto Vecchio 20km
  • Main Town: Porto Vecchio 20km
  • Airport: Figari 41km

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About the Local Area

ABOUT AREA

A short drive inland from Porto Vecchio will bring you to the edge of l’Ospédale, a traditional hillside village with a couple of authentic restaurants and fabulous views over the coast. Little touched by tourism, the area is one of Corsica’s best kept secrets with many picnic spots and plenty of walking trails. Discover the jaw-dropping scenery at Punta di a Vacca Morta or the paradise of Piscia di Gallo, Polischellu and Purcaraccia, with a series of emerald-green rock pools and picture-postcard waterfalls

LOCAL BEACHES

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. If there is a breeze on the day you plan to visit it is well worth taking a body board with you to surf some of the breaking waves. That said the beach is also great for younger children as there is a nice wide stretch of warm shallow water too.

San Ciprianu
Around 15 minutes drive north of Porto Vecchio, San Ciprianu is a beautiful half moon of white sand and turquoise water. Parking is available on the approach road to the beach or if you are lucky there may be space available in the smallish car park about 50m from the beach. 

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 recently voted one of Europe's top 20 beaches in a poll in the Times 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. 

Santa Giulia
Santa Giulia is another very popular beach and arguably the most photogenic of all the beaches in L'Extrême Sud - it sits in a magnificent horseshoe bay with its shallow and translucent water making it the perfect swimming spot for the little ones. Around 10-15 minutes drive from Porto Vecchio, this beach has a good selection of shops and restaurants and it is also very popular with water sports enthusiasts.

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.

Defi Inter-Isles - Bonifacio, September
Supporting the Corsican windsurf championships, this competition will see some hundred windsurfers from all corners of the world participating.

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. For panoramic views over the entire gulf of Porto Vecchio, walk to Punta di a Vacca Morta.

Via Ferrata
Know as "iron roads" in Italian, these designated mountain routes are equipped with fixed cables, ladders, ramps and bridges, allowing Corsican mountains to be discovered by the more adventurous. Two popular routes in the South are the via ferratas of Chisa and Solenzara.

Prehistoric settlements
Explore the prehistoric settlements of Casteddu d'Araggiu, just north of Porto Vecchio above the hamlet of Palavesa - a well-preserved site dating back from 1500BC. The views from here over the Gulf of Porto Vecchio are truly spectacular. Should you wish to venture further afield, the prehistoric sites of Cucuruzzu and Capula near Levie are also worth the detour.

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.

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.