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We loved Christophe’s beautiful , spacious villa in Tarco . It had a huge garden with various places to sit in the sun and in the shade. The view of the Mediterranean from the windows , which stretch the full length of the house, was stunning; the sunrise spectacular.
The beaches in October were empty . Our particular favourite , twenty minutes away, was immediately north of the river mouth at Solenzara. We were there almost every day. It was like a desert island paradise, with secluded coves , as well as a huge stretch of golden sand . We couldn’t believe how we sometimes had the beach entirely to ourselves. It had a great restaurant, right on the beach, Le Voile Rouge , where we often had lunch or went back to , in the evening for dinner . There are numerous great restaurants in the villages all along the coast , including Solenzara and at Sainte Lucie, In Casa was our favourite .
I would definitely recommend Christophe’s villa as a great base to explore Corsica . We stayed the full month of October. The mountain passes directly west from Solenzara and Benifacio were our other favourite places to visit.
It's hard to come up with enough superlatives to describe this gite. Granite-built on the side of a mountain, well-equipped, comfortable although not luxurious furnishings...but it's the location that made it so unforgettable. We've stayed in a variety of holiday homes and apartments over the last few years, but this one beat them all hands down. It's the ideal hideaway. We spent hours each day sitting on the terrace or in the little outdoor eating area, just enjoying the gentle sounds of the Corsican wilderness - and evenings in the hot-tub star-gazing and counting shooting stars. We had red kite kewing overhead, wild boar grunting in the garden as they foraged for acorns...and a very amiable neighbourhood cat to keep us company. The host was friendly and helpful. Between his limited English and our rusty French we were able to communicate pretty effectively. He recommended the best beaches (often deserted), the most incredible pre-historic sites and astounding mountain drop-offs. All within an hour or so by car. We would have no hesitation in returning for another stay.