Villa Lavezzi

Very Comfortable  |  Villa  

L'Extrême Sud  |  Porto Vecchio

4 bedrooms - Sleeps up to 8

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Sun 03 May 2015 - 7 nights

from £626pp (based on 8 sharing)

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A prestigious wooden villa offering beautiful views over the Gulf of Porto Vecchio.

Villa Lavezzi is a truly unique property designed with great flair and attention to detail. Immersed in scented maquis and surrounded by an abundance of cork oaks and olive trees, this prestigious timber-finished villa has been beautifully arranged to offer ultimate comfort in a peaceful setting. There is a refreshing contemporary feel to Lavezzi’s interior with elegant furnishings and modern conveniences. The living area and extremely well-equipped kitchen are set on the first floor, taking advantage of the magnificent views over treetops to the Gulf of Porto Vecchio. On the ground floor, the four spacious bedrooms all have en-suite facilities and are stylishly decorated with vibrant splashes of colour enhancing the pine walls. From both levels, French windows open out onto spacious wooden decking, providing the perfect venue for an apéritif or leisurely al fresco meals. Past the central courtyard terrace, a vast stretch of decking complete with comfortable sun loungers encircles a large and inviting swimming pool. For those who prefer to lounge on a sandy beach, the crystal clear waters and stunning white sands of San Ciprianu are only 10 minutes away. The bustling town of Porto Vecchio is also only a 3km drive with its distinguished harbour and cobbled streets filled with chic boutiques, charming cafés and a wide array of restaurants.

Layout

Ground floor: Master double bedroom with open en-suite shower room, two double bedrooms with open en-suite shower room, twin bedroom with open en-suite bathroom, two separate wcs, utility room.

First floor: Living room, dining room, well-equipped kitchen, large terrace with sea views.

Facilities

Private pool (11m x 5m, depth 1.4m -1.6m), dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, air-conditioning in living room, television, DVD player, barbecue.

Location

  • Beach: San Ciprianu 6km
  • Restaurants: 3km
  • Shops: Épicerie 500m, supermarket 1km
  • Main Town: Porto Vecchio 3km
  • Airport: Figari 30km

About the Local Area

ABOUT AREA

Porto Vecchio as we see it today has grown up around the famous 16th-century citadel, perched atop an outcrop of granite; and the rampart restaurants offer splendid views from this ancient vantage point. The town’s old centre, a maze of narrow streets, has kept its charm and still has the atmosphere of the fortress town it once was. Just a few minutes walk away is the marina, lined with lively cafés, this is a great place to enjoy a leisurely drink on a warm summer evening.

BEACHES

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Horse riding
Go horse riding on Palombaggia or San Ciprianu beach early morning, a truly memorable experience.

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.

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.