- Ajaccio - take a guided sightseeing trip to Corsica's capital which is the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. His home is today a museum.
- Calvi is known as Corsica's Capital of Culture - Visit one of many music festivals (Jazz-Festival in June / Calvi on the Rocks in July).
- Porto-Vecchio - enjoy a unique family beach day at one of the best beaches in the entire world, the most famous of which is Palombaggia.
- Market trip - enjoy a market in a town close to your villa and buy finest meats, olive, oils, wines and Corsican cheese.
- Luxury yacht - charter a luxury yacht, powerful speedboat or traditional sail boat to discover the unique Corsican coastline and it's 'Calanques'.
- Explore the unspoilt nature of Corsica by visiting one of many nature reserves. Sardinia - Separated from Corsica by the narrow Strait of Bonifacio day trips to Sardinia are possible.
- Wine tasting - Corsica produces several very good wines, which are hardly known outside the island. The producers are scattered and tend to be highly individual.
- Hiking - Discover breathtaking landscapes along the legendary GR20 hiking trail, plenty of hiking paths are found throughout the whole island.
- Beach activities - Corsica offers 1000 km of coastline with more than 200 beaches, mostly white sand beaches.
- Horseback riding is enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels, both on the beaches and through the surrounding forests.
- Rock climbing - Try and climb around Bonifacio with the nearby Calanques being the place to go to get your climbing gear put to use.
- Quad & Jeep - Discover the island, its beautiful nature & uniqueness by Quad or Jeep with the whole family!
- Experience Corsica actively - Many activities are available all year round: 'Canyoning', Rafting, or 'Via Ferrata'.
- Cycling - Many cycling paths are available throughout the island. Swimming & diving - take a swim or dive in the sea and discover one of the 200 sandy beaches.
- Sailing & Kayaking - boats may be rented from various points along the Coastline.
- Selection of local attractions Calvi, 13th century fortress. Calvi, Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra - walk or drive up to the chapel and enjoy stunning views on Calvi.
Practical information for your Corsica villa holiday
GMT +1 hour
The official currency is the Euro (€). Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
Tipping in provence
Tips in restaurants are usually added on at 10/15 % of the bill.
Arrival & Departure Formalities
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:
- A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
- Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.
Electricity supply in provence
Electrical service in France is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz.
Driving in france
- Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way, except at roundabouts or if the road has a white line across it.
- Passport or national ID as well as driver's license/insurance papers/ownership papers must be carried all the time.
- National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways (auto route).
- Speeding fines: 30 - 300 Euros.
- Minimum driving age is 18.
- For use of the highways (auto route) it is invariably necessary to pay a toll before access. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
- There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.
- An international driving licence is not required for European citizens. Your locally issued driving licence, as long as it is accompanied by the passport, will suffice.