Highlights from a week in Corsica

Updated on Jun 27, 2018 by Jess Petrie

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Jess, from our sales team, describes her third trip to Corsica...

While I now know what to expect, it still never ceases to amaze me how beautifully unique this island is. 

As we flew into Figari, I remembered the first time I set eyes on the mountainous scenery and it was still just as impressive! Our week ahead would be full of visiting properties featured in our Corsican Places programme, but of course it wouldn’t be a familiarisation trip if we didn’t get to explore what our clients experience, and I want to talk about a few of my personal favourites.

After a busy first day, we were treated to an authentic Corsican dinner at Domaine de Piscia. The hotel is a rustic boutique property surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views. The owner greeted us with open arms and seated us in their vine filled restaurant where the award-winning chef, Christine Finidori, prepared our meals. A big tip for anyone eating here is take it slow – there are five courses of delicious Corsican cuisine. My favourite dish was the Corsican veal soup with olive and corn caramel cream. The whole vibe reminded me of an agriturismo farmhouse – worth booking a table here for an evening meal (although I wouldn’t recommend it for a vegetarian).

A few days in, our itinerary included half a day canyoning with the company Corsica Canyon. Sebastian our instructor was extremely helpful and made the whole experience unforgettable. We spent the afternoon jumping into crystal-clear turquoise pools, sliding down waterfalls and braving the glacier water. There was a time I was fearless, but just shy of 30, I found myself looking down at some of those drops and thinking twice. Nevertheless, I flung myself off, eyes closed and loving every minute. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and highly recommended for thrill seekers or people looking to overcome fears. What an absolutely fabulous place to experience this – nature at its finest.

We ended the week in the north of the Island staying at Le Home, a popular apartment complex in Calvi. A perfect self-catering option surrounded by luscious gardens.

You do not need to hire a car if you are located here as it is a short walk to the cobbled streets of old town Calvi, the citadel, beach and marina. It is also located a 5-minute walk to the ‘rickety’ train – which is an old-fashioned train line perfect for exploring la Balagne's coastline. It takes you along the coast stopping at quaint seaside villages, heading towards L’lle Rousse and into the centre of the island. The train times are regular throughout the day, but don’t get caught out and always check the times with a rep. We made this mistake and didn’t realise it was a bank holiday. We had to run like lunatics to make the train. Not ideal in 26-degree heat before a day of hotel visits.

Overall I had a fantastic experience, and highly recommend a holiday to Corsica - you won't be disappointed! 

Posted in Guest Authors, Holidays | Tagged Calvi, Canyoning

 

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