A. The cost of eating out is slightly more expensive than in the UK, mainly due to the fact that almost everything is fresh and locally sourced. Prices vary depending on the type of restaurant but most will have both Table d’Hôte menu and À la Carte menus, in addition to which there will be a ‘Plat du Jour’ (dish of the day) or a ‘Menu Prix Fixé’ where you can choose from a combination of starters, main courses and sweets for a fixed price. A large pizza will cost from €10-€12 and a main course will cost from €18-€20.
Most restaurants offer a variety of cuisine incorporating French and Italian influences, with many serving pizzas and pasta dishes alongside meat and poultry. A ½ litre carafe of local wine will generally cost between €7 - €10 but if you opt for a bottle, the price can be up to three times that in the supermarket and therefore rarely less than €20.
Seafood and fish restaurants can be pricey with produce being charged per kilo although all restaurants are legally required to display their menus outside such that you can check the prices before sitting down.
There is no cover charge and all taxes and service is included and, whilst tipping is entirely discretionary, anything over 5% is considered as very generous.
A. The island is the 4th largest in the Mediterranean at 8,681km2 (3,352 miles2). It is approximately 185km north to south and 86km across at its widest point.
A. Despite folklore, the majority of roads in Corsica are as good as – and, in some instances, better - than roads in the UK. This island is mountainous and therefore once inland they can become a little sinuous but the surface is generally even and all but the unclassified roads are generally sufficiently wide to accommodate two vehicles travelling in opposite directions. There are less than 30km of dual carriageway on the whole of the island, but the Routes Nationales (equivalent of UK A roads) that link Bastia with Calvi, Corte, Porto Vecchio, Ajaccio and Bonifacio are excellent and tend to be relatively free flowing except in the very peak of the season.
There are plenty of road signs, but they are in French and Corsican so we recommend you buy a map! Don’t forget to drive on the right and to ensure you have a warning triangle and high-visibility jacket in the car. Likewise, ALWAYS carry your driving licence (with the newer licence ensure that you have the card and paper counterpart) and your car hire documents with you at ALL times. French police are not required to have a probable cause to stop you and check your documents. If you do commit a motoring offence, you will normally be required to pay on the spot (payment by credit card is not accepted) if you are unfortunate enough to be fined, you will be required to pay cash and, in the event you have insufficient money with you, you will need to go to the nearest bank and return with the cash, and your licence will be kept until your return. Also, please be aware that the blood:alcohol limit in France is 0.5mg/ml– which is lower than in the UK!
The national speed limit in France is 90km/h, except where notified otherwise, and in towns it is 30km/h. There are several fixed speed cameras on the island and the police have numerous mobile detectors which are put to great use - especially in the summer!
A. It takes about 4 hours to drive North to South from the tip of Cap Corse to Bonifacio or 3 hours to drive from St Florent to Bonifacio, and 2 hours from East to West at the widest part (Aleria to Ajaccio), however some of the available roads can be quite windy and add more time to your journey.
A. Full board includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
A. Half board includes breakfast and dinner.
A. Corsica boasts a consistently warm Mediterranean climate reaching a blissful 28°C during the summer months, although it is not uncommon to occasionally climb to an impressive 35°C.
A. The sea temperature is obviously warmest in July and August and generally stays warm in September and October. Although the outside temperatures can be high in May and June, the sea is usually cooler and generally takes until July to really warm up.
A. Most of our transfers are a mini bus or taxi, occasionally it may be necessary to use a coach transfer. Please note that the transfer may drop off and pick up guests at other Just Corsica hotels en route to or from your accommodation or airport. If you would prefer to guarantee a private transfer a supplement will apply please call for details.
A. Corsica is one hour ahead of the UK.
A. The deposit is £120 per person at time of booking, unless otherwise stated, then the balance must be paid 8 weeks before travel. A reminder will be sent via email 9 weeks before departure for your balance.
A. We do not charge for the use of Debit or Credit cards.
A. Baby food, milk, nappies etc. can be bought in local supermarkets and pharmacies, however it is unusual to find the same brands as in the UK.
A. Quite a few of the locals will speak a little English, especially in shops and restaurants in the larger towns and menus are often translated into English. Most hotels will have an English speaking member of staff although, generally, in the more remote villages few people will speak English.
A. The British account for less than 5% of the total tourist visitors to Corsica which means that the island remains largely free of UK influences. However, the island is becoming increasingly popular with Scandinavians, Dutch, and visitors from developing eastern European countries where many of the visitors tend to be better versed in English than French and thus, whilst it will be very rare for you to hear English spoken, on such occasions, it is still likely to be a foreign visitor! The majority of tourists coming to the island are the French and Italians who together make up over 80% of visitors.
A. Whilst we do not offer coach tours of Corsica, we can arrange tailor made self drive tours for our customers (see Tour Corsica on our website). However, there are numerous coach operators in the major towns who offer half day or full day excursions and 4X4 trips to see more of the island.
A. There are no more mosquitoes in Corsica than any other Mediterranean island and some areas and or hotels are sprayed in the summer months to alleviate any problem. It is worthwhile taking precautions e.g. insect repellent particularly at dusk if you or your family tend to get bitten and use an electric repellent plug in your bedrooms.
A. There are four main airports, Calvi (north west), Bastia (north east), Figari (south) and Ajaccio (south west).
A. Yes, all our cars have air conditioning. See Car Hire.
A. Most hotels are very accommodating and are used to catering for a whole range of tastes. However, if you have a severe food allergy it is best to let us know so we can speak to the hotel before you go. You should also speak to the hotel when you arrive.
A. Yes the tap water is fine to drink unless otherwise stated. Bottled water is readily available in supermarkets, shops, restaurants and bars either still (eau plate) or sparkling (eau gazeuse).
A. It is unusual to find tea & coffee making facilities in Corsican hotel rooms, so if you like a cup of tea in the morning it is best to take your own travel kettle. However, all self catering apartments & villas do provide a kettle.
A. The voltage is 220-240 i.e. the same as the UK, but sockets are the typical French round 2 or 3 pin type so you will need to take a standard European plug adapter on holiday with you.
A. Public transport is almost non-existent in Corsica. Aside from the infrequent but highly rewarding train service linking Bastia with L’Île Rousse, Calvi, Corte and Ajaccio, there are only a few bus services connecting the larger towns – the regularity of which is also fairly low – and taxis are very expensive. Accordingly, we would recommend hiring a car if you like to explore and not rely on public transport too much to get around! However, for more information on bus and train timetables and details and ideas of interesting routes to explore by car, please click the following link: www.corsicabus.org
A. This varies in different areas, but can be any time between 12pm and 4pm, when most shops will be closed but re-open between 4pm or 5pm and remain open until as late as 11pm in the height of the season. However, the larger supermarkets tend to remain open all day (except Sundays).
A. Yes however the island is seasonal and most hotels are open from April to September/October. However, we do offer some hotels which are open all year round and some hotels and apartments that open earlier to take advantage of the lovely spring weather.
A. You should make sure the date you are travelling home is 6 months before the expiry date of your passport, there are no current visa or innoculations required if travelling from the UK.
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