A Merula: how to enjoy a low-cost holiday to Corsica

Updated on Jul 16, 2019 by Kathryn Burrington

Blog > A Merula: how to enjoy a low-cost holiday to Corsica

Renting a self-catering studio in A Merula in Calvi is the ideal choice when looking for a cheap holiday to Corsica for two.

Budget for a holiday in Corsica

With a range of accommodation dotted around a lush garden, a shared pool and your own private terrace or balcony, at A Merula, you’ll find everything you might want on hand for a comfortable self-catering holiday. And with prices starting from £399pp this year, a holiday in Corsica may be cheaper than you might first think.

Each studio or apartment is decorated in a traditional style with many personal touches creating a welcoming, homely atmosphere. The spacious gardens are filled with trees and flowering shrubs edging the lawns and walkways.

What’s more, being just a short walk from the beach and a lovely deli selling everything you might need for a picnic plus restaurants, supermarkets and Calvi Citadel and marina all nearby, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining in or out!


Why choose a self-catering holiday in Corsica?

By opting for self-catering accommodation rather than a hotel, it’s easy to keep the costs of your holiday down, whether you cook a meal in your holiday home to eat on your balcony or terrace, or take a picnic to enjoy in the gardens or on the nearby beach.

While restaurants and bars in Corsica can be a little pricey, buying food, beer or wine in the local shops is not. In fact, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how little you can get a good bottle of wine for.

Tip: Try the local chestnut fig jam with a farmhouse pate or local cheese on crusty freshly baked bread and a few grapes, washed down with the Corsican chestnut beer Pietra or a local red wine.


No need to hire a car

While hiring a car and exploring the local countryside is fabulous, it's by no way a necessity when you stay at A Merula. Shared (or private) transfers from the airport can easily be arranged and once you’ve explored Calvi's beach, marina, town and citadel, you can take the little train that runs along the coast. Hop on and off at your choice of secluded beach or village, or alight at L’Ile Rousse, a lovely seaside town with a stunning beach, a morning farmer's market and numerous restaurants to enjoy. You could even get an interconnecting train up into the hills. The views from the train are spectacular and the ticket prices very reasonable.


Free or low-cost things to do in and around Calvi

  • Enjoy a sunset walk along the beach
  • Tuck into a picnic in A Merula’s gardens
  • Walk up to Notre Dame de la Serra and enjoy stunning views down the hillside and across Calvi Bay (or take the local bus)
  • Explore Calvi Citadel
  • Enjoy a free concert in the chapel on Calvi Citadel
  • Catch the train to Algajola or L’Ille Rouse (both have shops where you can by provisions for a picnic)
  • Rent a bicycle and explore la Balagne’s stunning coastline

Above: Algajola, one of the stops in the coastal train, below: the view from Notre Dame de la Serra 

Stay from £499 this summer. Book your holiday to Corsica today!


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