Hôtel l'Escale

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Calvi & la Balagne  |  L'Ile Rousse

14 rooms - Each sleeps up to 2

A great location in I'lle Rousse, with easy access to the beach and a very intimate feel.

The Hôtel l’Escale is an intimate hotel of just 14 rooms with a perfect location in l’Ile Rousse. On one side of the hotel, just 50 metres away, is the town’s excellent central beach, and on the other runs the main street with its array of restaurants, cafés and shops. The hotel is very much in the contemporary style with some added Asian influence thanks to the various artefacts the owners have retrieved on their travels. The main bar area is spacious and relaxing, with its large bay windows affording beautiful views across the beach to the sea. There is occasionally entertainment here of an evening, and there is a variety of cocktails available. The bar area does not serve food in the evening, but you can always take in one of the many great restaurants in the town, and don’t forget that the restaurant next door is run by the hotel owners and has similarly excellent views out across the sea. The rooms are compact and continue in the contemporary style, with deep tones punctuated with tasteful splashes of colour. All rooms are comfortable, though only a limited number have the luxury of a sea view and a balcony. Relaxing with a book and a cold drink taking in the sea view comes highly recommended. Overall this is a popular hotel with a great reputation for good service from its friendly staff. It grants superb access to this beautiful Corsican town and the wider area of la Balagne, Calvi and beyond.

 

Facilities in hotel

Lounge bar with terrace, public parking (200m), Wi-Fi, lift.

Facilities in room

En-suite shower room and wc, air-conditioning, satellite television, safe, telephone. Balcony (upgraded rooms only).

Location

  • Beach: L'lle Rousse 200m
  • Restaurants: 10m
  • Shops: 100m
  • Main Town: In l'Ile Rousse
  • Airport: Calvi 24km

Rooms at Hôtel l'Escale

Chambre Double Côté Sud

Sleeps up to 2 

   

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Chambre Double Côté Mer (Sea View)

Sleeps up to 2 

   

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Suite

Sleeps up to 2 

   

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About the Local Area

ABOUT AREA

Named after the islets that blush a deep russet red in the sunset, L'lle Rousse is a laid back seaside town with a central square, lively cafés, restaurants and ice cream parlours. With one of the warmest microclimates in Corsica, thanks to the sheltering Balagne hills that surround the town, and three gently shelving large beaches in close proximity, L'Ile Rousse is an ideal spot for a summer holiday.

BEACHES

L’lle Rousse
The town beach of L'Ile Rousse can be very busy in the peak of the summer and has excellent facilities with cafés, restaurants and sunloungers lining the beach. If you're prepared to wander a little further, you can generally find a quiet spot. Another benefit of its size is that it is generally patrolled. It's a fine yellow sand beach and the water is a gorgeous clear blue. There are good opportunities here for water sports.

Bodri
Just west of L’Ile Rousse, Bodri Plage is an unspoilt beach, a walk through the maquis and over the railway line. The walk is worth it, as the beach has almost white sand and a turquoise sea.

Baie de Giunchetu
A short walk further west, around the rocky Punta di Genebre you will find this beach. It is slightly less picturesque, but larger.

FESTIVALS

Festimare
A celebration of the sea held in l'Ile Rousse every May. In addition to fish and seafood produce, there are many activities for children as well as scientific stands, competitions, exhibitions and workshops.

Calvi Jazz Festival
Held in late June, this festival consists of a week of concerts in and around the citadel. Those in the music tent on the port or in the cathedral in the citadel are usually very popular and well known and require you to book a ticket. Jamming sessions in the harbour front bars in the evenings add to the ambiance.

Estivoce in Pigna 
Estivoce is a celebration of Corsican music and arts with concerts of polyphonic music from June to September with many of the celebrations being in July.

Fiera di l’Artigiani in Felicetu
The craftsmen of the Strada di l’Artigiani congregate to celebrate their crafts every August.

Fiera di u Sumere in Sant’Antonino
Celebrating the donkey in August, the only form of transport in the cobbled winding streets of this mountain village. Take a donkey ride around the village to view the picturesque surroundings and magnificent views.

Festiventu
At the end of October, on Calvi beach, this festival celebrates everything connected with wind. Hundreds of kites and microlight aircraft displays on the beach coupled with concerts every evening has resulted in this festival attractive thousands of visitors every year.

THINGS TO SEE & DO

L’Ile Rousse old town
Wander the streets and make sure you take a trip to the market held every morning in a majestic covered market place. The produce is local and fresh and includes fish, vegetables, local honey, charcuterie and cheeses. There are ample restaurants to choose from in the narrow streets and around the main square beneath the plane trees and the silver sand of L’Ile Rousse beach is very tempting.

'Le Petit Train'
For the young or the old take a trip on 'Le Petit Train' a tourist train of L’Ile Rousse which will show you the sites at a leisurely pace.

Visit Calvi Town & The Citadel
Calvi Towns social life focuses on the many restaurants and cafés of the quai landry which is a large seafront walkway that links the marina and the port effortlessly. To get the best possible feel of the town, this is the place to be! A walk up through the narrow passageways off quai landry will take you to rue Clemenceau where you will find an array of restaurants and souvenir shops plenty. Further walking will present the Ste-Marie-Majeure, built in 1774.

L’lle Rousse - Calvi by train
This regular service allows you to explore the coastline to the west of L’lle Rousse, stopping at all of the beaches en route. The line, built in the 1880’s and 1890’s hugging the coast is undoubtedly one of the worlds most scenic railways. The complete journey takes approx 50 minutes, and depending on the time of year travelling, there are between 5 and 10 return journeys a day.

Monticello
This is the village where it is believed that Christopher Columbus' mysterious mother was born. The village has a couple of charming restaurants and sports facilities. Why not go pony trekking through the Balagne hills to discover the area’s true natural beauty?

Explore the mountain villages of Haute-Balagne
Drive on the mountain roads that meander up to the fortress villages clinging to the hillsides and take in the astounding views across the maquis-carpeted mountains down to the coastline below. You can also follow the craft trail "Strada di l'Artigiani" and sample the local specialities en route.

Sant'Antonino
Explore the narrow streets of Sant'Antonino, the oldest inhabited village in Corsica and labelled as "one of the most beautiful villages in France". The village affords 360° views of the surrounding countryside and coast, has several restaurants, a local produce shop and the famous ‘maison du citron’ (run by Mr Antonino), which serves excellent citron pressé.