This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending with my BF and his family … in CORSICA! I had heard of this island’s beauty but in my head it was just an island not far from Marseille, my current home, would it really be that different and impressive?
I was immediately struck by the landscape when I stepped off the plane. The mountains were true mountains and I couldn’t wait to explore. I flew into Calvi, northern Corsica. From there, after exploring Calvi a bit, we went to our hotel, which was a little further east, in L’île Rousse. We hiked, we ate, we swam, we talked, we were tourists. It was such a lovely short vacation and I feel so lucky I got to explore a bit with them.
My advice about Corsica – it helps to have a car. So take yours over on the Ferry or rent one while there. The hotels, food and everything else were surprisingly reasonably priced. If you and another took the Ferry from Marseille/Nice/Toulon etc, it would cost about 140 euros. Then a hotel for around 80 euros a night … that’s not bad! Then, there are so many free things to do, like hike around this breath-taking place, that you can get by with a fairly cheap vacation!
ps. I wanted to share my experience taking the SNCM overnight Ferry back to Marseille (the boat is called Mont D’Oro). We left at 23h from L’île Rousse port (check-in began at 22h). The boat was within sight of Marseille by 8h30. There is a bar/restaurant on board with optional breakfast buffet. I got a drink at the bar when the boat left, the prices were okay reasonable. I booked a cabin of 4 bunk-beds. But I was the only one in there. Despite this, I believe it would’ve been comfortable enough. You have the option to choose an all Female bunk room, which is nice. The boat was stable (it’s huge!) and comfortable. It was a fun experience and I would definitely do it again. For around 50 euros I just slept throughout the journey and arrived in Marseille, near the metro Joliette. I recommend it!
Now, I leave you with pictures because my words would not suffice. In fact, my pictures don’t even suffice. This place, my friends, you MUST see to believe!