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Route de la Mer, Ghisonaccia, Corsica
04 95 56 25 14
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Six Glorious Weeks of Camping!
August 20, 2008
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Camping in Corsica is a great experience. There are many campsites available along the coast and also inland but the one I am going to review today is Marina d Erba Rossa which is in Ghisonaccia. I have been to this site twice - once in late ...
Camping in Corsica is a great experience. There are many campsites available along the coast and also inland but the one I am going to review today is Marina d Erba Rossa which is in Ghisonaccia. I have been to this site twice - once in late September and the other time for 2 months from the middle of July until the middle of September.
How to get there
We arrived in Corsica from ferry form Livorno in Italy. The reason for this was because we wanted to drive through and spend some time in Italy.
Arriving at Bastia after a four hour journey was spectacular although I was a bit sleepy at the time, my husband and son were really excited.
But you can also catch ferries from Piombino, Genoa, Nice and Marseille. If you don't want to travel by sea you can take the fly/drive option
This site is set in a truly magnificent setting. The location is idyllic and will really take your breath away. A gorgeous sandy beach runs alongside the parc, and views of the mountain range backdrop are nothing short of exquisite. In the evening lying on the beach looking at the sun going down you can believe you are in paradise.
The beach is perfect for sun-worshippers and watersports enthusiasts alike, with a variety of watersports available on the beach from June to August. All of the parc's facilities are open by early June and in high season, there is an excellent 'animateur'. There's also a lively open-air disco on the parc and a popular late night discothèque nearby, which opens in June and can be heard until the early hours.
I must stress that the noise from the disco can be heard most nights. Sometimes it did disturb our sleep but other nights after a glass or bottle of corsican wine we drifted off to sleep.
We spent our duration in a tent which can get very hot in early morning. Sometimes at 10am the temperature could be 34 degrees. It is also very humid on the island and can drain your energy. In afternoons, peak temperatures reached a very uncomfortable 43 degrees and we'd take refuge in the supermarket in Aleria.
Most of the surface is grass and dust. Some have shade and pitch sizes are around 80=100m2. Some pitches are seperated by hedges which is very nice.
Mobile homes are also placed on site and wooden chalets are available to rent.
July and August are extremely busy as the island is a favourite for German and Italian toursits.
A supermarket selling basic foods. I found this very convenient but sometimes can get very busy. Always fresh bread available. Souveniers and postcards are on sale also. The shop opens around 3 May and closes 27 September.
Restaurant: Opens 03/05/2008 - 11/10/2008
I have never used the reataurant so can't recommend it but I have had a take away which was fine. You can have a full three course take away if you so choose.
Opens from : 03/05/2008 - 11/10/2008
Washing machines: 7, Euro 6.00 per load
Clothes dryers: 2, Euro 3.00 per load
Hot water showers washing cubicles (warm water)
Children's toilets sinks available for dish washing and clothes washing
The area where the washing facilities are situated can sometimes get a little busy and untidy. Best time to have a shower is in the middle of the afternoon as early morning and early evening the showers are packed out.
Site run children's activities
Animation: 29/05/2008 - 29/09/2008
Activities: Table tennis, aquagym, tennis, waterpolo, aerobics, disco, football, beachvolleyball, basketball, petanque
These activities are usually well supervised and we nver felt worried about the safety of our son.
If you are a keen sports fanatic there are lots of options:
Tennis: 2 full size courts,
Synthetic, Euro 9.00 per hour
Table Tennis : 2 tables,
Basketball Volleyball Playground
Cycle hire Prices are:
Adults: Euro 98.00 per week / Euro 14.00 per day Children: Euro 98.00 per week / Euro 14.00 per day
child seats available Mountain bikes
These are last year's prices so check first.
There is an outside pool for all the family. This is open from 15 April to 25 October.
There is a charge for a pool pass which is about Euro4.00, which covers the whole of a holiday.You are given a wristband to wear.
There is a life guard: high season & low season.
Sun loungers available Sun terrace next to pool area
Shorts not allowed
Alternatively you can always swim in the sea which is safe and warm.
There is also a Games and TV room on site.
Staff are very friendly, helpful and speak English, Italian, French and German.
Fax, photocopier and a post box.
Languages spoken: English, French, German and Italian
Is 3 kilometres away. You can walk easily enough but the road is very dusty from what I remember. there are some stalls pitched alongside the roadway selling local produce like cheese, fruit and veg and local wines.
Nearest bank: 4 km
Nearest pharmacy: 3 km
Nearest Doctor : Ghisonaccia - 3km. On both holidays in Corsica we had to visit the local doctor. Once my son had tonsilitis and my husband had a slipped disc. On both occasions the doctor was very friendly, could speak some English, and put our minds at ease. Although beware of French prescriptions as doctors do tend to prescribe drugs that you don't actually need and of course this can be expensive.
Nearest supermarket: 3 km - Selling most basic items. There is a larger supermarket in Aleria which is the next town on. It has air conditioning and after a day in the sun it is a blessing. I used to go to the supermarket just so I could cool down.
Nearest Post office: 3 km
Nearest beach: As mentioned above there is direct access to the beach. It is soft, white sand and very clean. Although it can get busy directly in front of the campsite, you don't have to walk too far if you want to find a quieter spot.
There is also a lake about 10km away but I have never been so I can't really comment on that one.
Within walking distance there is a pizzeria but be warned it gets really busy. We only went once and we had to wait four hours before getting served. The waiter kept plying us with free drinks to keep us happy but in the end we were so drunk we lost interest in the pizza although we did eat it. I think we had an argument on the way back to the tent so not sure whether to recommend that or not. perhaps go very early!!! And don't drink too much!
Advantages: Stunning scenery, fantastic beach front location
Disadvantages: Noise from local disco
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