Camping in Corsica

Beach in CorsicaIt was a spur of the moment decision to drive to Corsica. We’d been camping in mainland France and were wondering where to explore next. We booked a ferry from Marseille to Ajaccio with very little information to go on. In fact, we were shocked when we realised it was a 10-hour crossing rather than a quick hop across the Med.

Once there, though, we couldn’t believe we’d never heard anything about the island before – every turn in the road presented another awe-inspiring view of turquoise sea and green forests. Of course, we hadn’t booked any campsites but, in mid-June, we had no problems finding a spot.

First camp stop was U Turracconu in Sierra di Ferro, south of Ajaccio. A great little site with a swimming pool, a small bar (with wifi), incredible views and friendly staff. We foolishly pitched in full sun because we wanted to be overlooking the bay, but had to move when the temperatures reached the 40s and we started to melt.

Downsides were the mosquitoes around the bar and pool and the quite basic toilet and shower blocks, but we’d definitely go back there. (2014 Update: we turned up for a revisit to find the campsite closed down. People we asked in the village didn’t know why, but said it wouldn’t be reopening soon. What a shame.)

We wouldn’t go back to Le Damier near Pianottoli Caldarello. It’s in a fabulous area for beaches and coves (but where isn’t) and is set in a pine forest. However – perhaps because it wasn’t quite the season yet – the place was scruffy, some of the toilet blocks weren’t functioning and there were dead caravans parked around the place. We did like the bar area (wifi wasn’t working) and it was very relaxed. Here’s hoping they’ll smarten up a bit.

Camping La Trinité just north of Bonifacio was our favourite. A medium-sized, very well-kept site with some shaded pitches, good facilities, a great barbecue restaurant and a bar next to the pool. It’s close to Bonifacio, a fabulous old town perched on crumbling white cliffs right on the southern-most tip of the island. Downsides are the ants and (update for 2014) the lack of easy access to water. There used to be taps around the site, but they no longer work. Ants, by the way, are supposed to dislike baby powder barriers and cucumber peelings. We’ve resorted to insect repellent around our table legs and feet!

See more about Corsica and campsites here. Do let us know if you’ve discovered the island too and what you liked best. And if you fancy a trip there and need more information, just give us a shout!

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