Cor­sica

The Guardian - Travel - - Travel - Jon Bryant

Hol­i­days in Cor­sica tend to cost more than in main­land France but the beaches are some of the best in Europe, the food sen­sa­tional and the lo­cal fes­ti­vals spec­tac­u­lar. Around eight mil­lion vis­i­tors come to en­joy its wild landscapes and stun­ning coast­line each year, most of them French. Stay Ho­tel La Palma (dou­bles from €75 room-only in June, hotel­corse­la­palma.com), a halfhour drive from Bas­tia air­port, has 18 rooms and is close to vine­yards and the beaches near Saint Florent. Hang out For turquoise wa­ter, and white sand with­out crowds, head to Lozari beach, just east of L’Ile Rousse. Laze on the sand, swim, walk to the ruins of the hill­top Ge­noese watch­tower and have lunch at Vava’u Chez Taté (grilled fish, oc­to­pus and seafood sal­ads from around €10, on Face­book). Eat For plates of baked mus­sels and lan­goustines, and maybe the best piz­zas on the is­land, try A Tana (+33 4 95 38 71 18), above the port in Bas­tia, with a vaulted din­ing room and a few out­side ta­bles. It has seafood pas­tas and piz­zas (€8-€10), Cor­si­can beer, lo­cal wines and the warm-heart­ed­ness of a restau­rant that is al­ways full. Day trip Half an hour’s drive from Porto-Pollo on Cor­sica’s west coast is Fil­i­tosa (adult €7, fil­i­tosa.fr), a stun­ning 8,000-year-old me­galithic set­tle­ment of carved gran­ite men­hirs. Way to go EasyJet flies to Ajac­cio from Gatwick, and to Bas­tia from Gatwick, Manch­ester and Stansted. Fer­ries run to Cor­sica from Nice, Mar­seille and Toulon.

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