With the maquis (shrubland) in full bloom in June, now is a good time to visit Corsica, the rugged French island on last year’s Lonely Planet’s list of ‘10 European Seaside Escapes’. With its wonderful hidden coves and beaches, impressive mountains, deep gorges and dense forests, it makes a wonderful summer destination.
If you want to get back to nature and watch the pennies, try Camping La Pinède (www.camping-calvi.com), located in a fragrant eucalyptus forest steps from Calvi’s sandy beach, reports BBC Travel. If you don’t fancy pitching your tent, rent an air-conditioned chalet from £48 per night. The campsite has a pool, supermarket and restaurants.
Another money saving option is to rent a room from £60 in Cottages Littarricia (www.littariccia.com), Porto Vecchio, and wake to views over the Plage de Palombaggia, one of Corsica’s best beaches. The cottages come with pool and spa.
Or try Hôtel Le Magnolia (www.hotel-lemagnolia.com) in Calvi’s old quarter. The 11 rooms in this 19th-century mansion, are named after a French literary figure and are individually decorated. Rooms start at £70 per night. Alternatively, if you fancy staying in Napoleon’s birthplace, Ajaccio, try the Hôtel Les Mouettes (www.hotellesmouettes.fr), which has one of the best seaside locations in Corsica. 21 of the 28 rooms have sea views. Rooms start at £88.
Planning on basing yourself in the yacht-filled port of Bonifacio with white cliffs and a fortress (pictured)? The contemporary Hôtel Genovese (www.hotelgenovese.com) is built on Bonifacio’s ramparts with a view of the marina, and will suit your needs. Rooms start at £120.
Fly to Ajaccio from Gatwick or Bastia from Manchester with Easy jet (www.easyjet.com), or to Figari from Gatwick with Thomson (www.thomson.co.uk). With a choice of Corsican airports to get you close to your destination, there’s no excuse not to go!