I’ve been involved in the travel industry for the past 16 years and in the Reservations Department here for the last 12 years. I really value the in-depth knowledge of Corsica that I’ve acquired over the years and enjoy sharing this with anyone that will listen.
I really love the whole island and struggle to pinpoint a favourite part but if pushed, I guess I would say L’Ile Rousse and the surrounding area in northern Corsica. The scenery here is stunning with dramatic mountain ranges, many turquoise sea / white sand beaches and interesting old towns.
I love staying in the town of L’Īle Rousse because you have all of this on your doorstep and you don’t have to rely on having a car. The town beach is perfect with white sand gently shelving into crystal clear water and has a small selection of beach bars / restaurants behind it. For more restaurants, bars and shops, the town is just a few steps away and always has a buzzing atmosphere during the season. There is a small railway station in L’Īle Rousse making it possible to get the little train that runs along the coast to many different beaches and to the interesting coastal town and citadel of Calvi.
I have recently been on holiday to Chez Dorothee in L’Īle Rousse old town. It’s a traditional one-bedroom apartment in a lovely old building and up some pretty steep steps but it suited me very well. I really enjoyed popping down to the local boulangerie to pick up a fresh baguette and croissants for breakfast each morning and trying out the different restaurants in the town in the evenings.
I would really like to stay in one of the well-appointed apartments in Résidence Dary which is located near the beach but still within walking distance of the town. My favourite hotel on the island however is U Capu Biancu located in the south between Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio. This is a really special, quirky hide-away hotel. The design and décor is beautiful, thoughtful and creative everywhere you look and the standard of service meets this high standard.
I love being near the sea in Corsica, swimming or trying out different watersports. When I’m not in the sea I like exploring to find stunning scenery or interesting towns. I love long drawn-out meals in the warm evenings with lots of simple delicious food (fresh bread and croissants, tasty goats cheese salads and local honey) and a glass or two of the local vino.