Travel Tips: Cap Corsica

by Julien August 18, 2013

Corsica’s most dramatic peninsula is made for lazing. And the hotel Demeure Castel Brando, nestled in one of the islands most picturesque seaside villages, with its two serene swimming pools almost insists you stay horizontal.

But Cap Corsica has much to offer for one who is looking to go beyond the lounger. Imagine fish fresh from the harbour, small restaurants on-the-rocks, a super-panoramic road taking you through photogenic fishing villages and dazzling green vineyards. And gourmet stores to stock up with the real stuff, too.

Now with this said, in Corsica more than any other place in the Med – you need to know where to go. We’ve decided to take in advice from local hotelier Julien Pieri.

Restaurants in Cap Corsica

Restaurant Bellavista in Centuri. Cap Corsica thrives on some of the Med’s best lobsters, part of which end in the kitchen of the Bellavista restaurant, caught directly by the owner – a local fisherman.
Address: Port de Centuri, 20238 Centuri – Corsica
Phone: +33 4 95 356 260

Restaurant Le Guasco in Bastia. Sit with the locals for genuine Corsican cuisine hidden within the city walls. Try the fish soup or the surf n’turf hamburger Casanu.
Address: 6 rue du Dragon, 20200 Bastia – Corsica
Phone: +33 4 95 314 470

Restaurant U Franghiu in Erbalunga. Quirky family restaurant serving ultra-fresh fish, with a pieds-dans-l’eau location. Just 200 meters from the Castel Brando hotel.
Address: Port, 20222 Erbalunga – Corsica
Phone: +33 4 95 339 323

Bars and cafés

Bar L’Ideal in Bastia. All day café on the lively market square: from breakfast at dawn to gourmet aperitifs at dusk – and probably the best artisanal ice creams of the island.
Address: Place du Marché, 20200 Bastia – Corsica

Café La Sassa in Nonza. Cliff-top café in the beautiful village of Nonza, with a Genovese tower for a neighbour and live music in the evenings.
Address: Tour de Nonza, 20217 Nonza – Corsica

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Local Produce

Domaine Leccia in Patrimonio. Clay and limestone soil, antique grapevines and traditional growing methods characterise Corsican wines, the Domaine Leccia vineyard is no exception. Discover charismatic Niellucciu reds and Vermentinu whites.
Address: Morta-Piana, 20232 Poggio d’Oletta – Corsica
Phone: +33 4 95 371 135

U Muntagnolu, Bastia. Owner Antoine sources only the very best of Corsica’s produce. Here you’ll find the largest choice of real Brocciu and Niolo cheeses, Coppa and Figatelli sausages, and much (much) more – all 100% no-scam guaranteed!
Address: 15 rue César Campinchi, 20200 Bastia – Corsica
Phone: +33 4 95 327 804
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Julien Truchon in Patrimonio. Named outstanding young artist of Corsica in 2004, Julien Truchon studied pottery techniques in Burgundy and Japan. Today his craftwork ornates many of the islands finest tables and palaces.
Address: Campo d’Elge, 20253 Patrimonio – Corsica
Phone: +33 4 95 371 162

Hotel in Cap Corsica

Demeure Castel Brando in Erbalunga. A posy of three elegant townhouses, two sparkling swimming pools and a century old Mediterranean garden. An oasis of peace in the heart of gem-village Erbalunga. Within foot-reach of eats, drinks and plunges.
Address: Erbalunga, 20222 Brando – Corsica

Many thanks to Julien from the Hotel Castel Brando for sharing his secret places in Corsica with us.

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