Ville di Paraso is a quaint mountain village overlooking the Regino Valley. The village is ideal for customers wanting ultimate peace and quiet away for the hustle and bustle of the coast whilst enjoying the real Corsican countryside. Views are truly magnificent and there are ample walking trails in the area.
A large beach which is rarely crowded. Access to the beach is between the turnings for Palasca and Belgodère and there is ample car parking. With a couple of beach café’s, this beach is stepped and shelves quite steeply at the waterline. Please note in rough seas, beware with less accomplished swimmers and children.
This is a busy one! Hundreds of sunloungers and parasols belonging to the café restaurants line the beach. If you're prepared to wander 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.
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.
Festimare – L’Ile Rousse - May
A celebration of the sea. In addition to fish and seafood produce, there are many activities for children as well as scientific stands, competitions, exhibitions and workshops.
Bastille Day – 14th July
Formally known as La Fête Nationale, this is a National Holiday in France commemorating the anniversary of storming the Bastille fortress prison in 1790. Fireworks and celebrations take place throughout the country and can be best appreciated from the mountainside.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
This charming village is set in a beautiful hillside location with views out to sea, where it is believed that Christopher Columbus' mysterious mother was born. The village has a secluded feel with large, smart houses scattered around the zig-zag lanes down the hillside. Monticello village itself has a handful of restaurants and some sports facilities, all within a short drive of the coast.
Available from Monticello, trekking through the Balagne hills and discovering the area’s true natural beauty.
Explore the narrow streets of the oldest inhabited village in Corsica, labelled as “one of the most beautiful villages in France” and enjoy some of the most spectacular views over La Balagne.
Strada di l’Artigiani
Follow the craft trail “Strada di l’Artigiani” through the villages of La Balagne and sample the local specialities en route
This popular Corsican Town has a lazy, peaceful charm and yet the ‘buzz’ of a Riviera resort. 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.
Taking a train journey is a delightful and different way to experience the varied and wonderful landscapes of Corsica. 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.