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CONTENTS
Accommodation
Business Hours
Children
Climate Charts
Customs
Dangers & Annoyances
Discount Cards
Embassies & Consulates
Festivals & Events
Food
Gay & Lesbian Travellers
Holidays
Insurance
Internet Access
Legal Matters
Maps
Money
Photography & Video
Post
Solo Travellers
Telephone & Fax
Time
Toilets
Tourist Information
Tours
Travellers with Disabilities
Visas
Women Travellers
Work

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ACCOMMODATION
We’ve categorised our Sleeping entries by type
of accommodation; recommendations within
these listings are in ascending order of price.
Given that the detailed price structure is a
nightmare in Corsica – there can be up to six
different prices for one given room (aaargh!!!) –
we’ve simplified it for the sake of convenience.
Thus, for each hotel and chambres d’hôtes,
we quote a price range that reflects seasonal
price variations. The lower end of the scale
corresponds to the cheapest rate you can get
for any given room (usually out of season);
the higher end of the scale corresponds to
the most expensive rate that is applied for the
same type of room (in August, in most cases).

If there’s no range, this means that the price
stays the same year-round (sadly, this is very
uncommon).
All of the rates listed are for rooms with
bathrooms unless otherwise specified.
You are seriously advised to book a room
in advance for July and August (the French
grandes vacances). The whole of France and
half of Italy seem to descend onto the island
during the holiday period and most reasonable accommodation gets snapped up fast. If
the need for a flexible itinerary prevents you
from making reservations way in advance, a
telephone call the day before is still better than
nothing. It widens the choice enormously if
you have your own transport and speak at
least a little bit of French.
High-season prices in many hotels can be
up to triple the prices charged in the low
season.

Camping
Good news for those who want to spend their
holiday under canvas: there are dozens, maybe
even hundreds, of camp sites in Corsica, classified from one to five stars depending on
their amenities and convenience of location.
The cheapest ones, camping à la ferme (farm
camp sites), offer only basic ...
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ACCOMMODATION
We’ve categorised our Sleeping entries by type
of accommodation; recommendations within
these listings are in ascending order of price.
Given that the detailed price structure is a
nightmare in Corsica – there can be up to six
different prices for one given room (aaargh!!!) –
we’ve simplified it for the sake of convenience.
Thus, for each hotel and chambres d’hôtes,
we quote a price range that reflects seasonal
price variations. The lower end of the scale
corresponds to the cheapest rate you can get
for any given room (usually out of season);
the higher end of the scale corresponds to
the most expensive rate that is applied for the
same type of room (in August, in most cases).
If there’s no range, this means that the price
stays the same year-round (sadly, this is very
uncommon).
All of the rates listed are for rooms with
bathrooms unless otherwise specified.
You are seriously advised to book a room
in advance for July and August (the French
grandes vacances). The whole of France and
half of Italy seem to descend onto the island
during the holiday period and most reason-
able accommodation gets snapped up fast. If
the need for a flexible itinerary prevents you
from making reservations way in advance, a
telephone call the day before is still better than
nothing. It widens the choice enormously if
you have your own transport and speak at
least a little bit of French.
High-season prices in many hotels can be
up to triple the prices charged in the low
season.
Camping
Good news for those who want to spend their
holiday under canvas: there are dozens, maybe
even hundreds, of camp sites in Corsica, clas-
sified from one to five stars depending on
their amenities and convenience of location.
The cheapest ones, camping à la ferme (farm
camp sites), offer only basic facilities but are
good value if you factor in their scenic lo-
cation. Top-quality camping grounds boast
restaurants, bars, mini-golf courses and swim-
ming pools. Most sites fall somewhere in
between the two extremes.
The majority of camping grounds in Cor-
sica open only from June to September.
In this book the price is broken down into
adult/tent/car, but this does not include ex-
tras. Prices vary seasonally – they are at their
D ir e cto ry
Accommodation 250
Business Hours 253
Children 253
Climate Charts 254
Customs 255
Dangers & Annoyances 255
Discount Cards 255
Embassies & Consulates 255
Festivals & Events 256
Food 258
Gay & Lesbian Travellers 258
Holidays 258
Insurance 258
Internet Access 258
Legal Matters 259
Maps 259
Money 259
Photography & Video 260
Post 260
Solo Travellers 260
Telephone & Fax 260
Time 261
Toilets 261
Tourist Information 261
Tours 261
Travellers with Disabilities 262
Visas 262
Women Travellers 263
Work 263
CONTENTS
highest in August. Charges per night range
from around €3 to €8 per person, plus €2 to
€4 for a tent, and from an additional €2 for a
car. Make a telephone call ahead, as in the high
season camps might be full, and at the start
or end of the season camps may also close
if demand is low or weather is poor. Credit
card is accepted only at the top-end camping
grounds. Some camping grounds rent bunga-
lows and cottages by the week.
Camping sauvage (literally ‘wild camping’,
or camping outside recognised camping
grounds) is prohibited; this is largely to re-
duce the risks of forest fires (especially in the
maquis). In remote areas, including on the
GR20, walkers or hikers can pitch their tent
in refuge (mountain shelter) grounds for a
nominal fee.
Chambres d’Hôtes
Chambres d’hôtes are the French equivalent
of B&Bs, where, for marginally less than the
price of a two-star hotel you can stay as a pay-
ing guest in a ‘host’ house. They are normally
tucked away in the hills or in scenic locations
and offer a window into a more traditional
way of life. Interestingly, chambres d’hôtes in
Corsica, by comparison with, say, Provence or
southwest France, have not really caught on
and are less sophisticated than on the main-
land. There’s a huge potential here, though.
Some of the cheapest places aren’t much
to write home about, but on the whole stand-
ards are high, and rooms are generally excel-
lent value. Options include everything from
restored village houses, modern buildings
or country villas to rooms in family houses.
Many have separate guest entrances and most
places come equipped with private bathrooms.
Rates cover a wide price range, typically €50
to €90 for two people. Breakfast is always
included. Bookings are essential – you’re not
expected to pop up at the last minute.
Many chambres d’hôtes also offer table
d’hôtes (hearty evening meals) at around €17
to €23 per person (set menu), but this must
be reserved in advance.
Maisons d’hôtes (boutique-style B&Bs) are
the latest trend. At the time of writing, there
was a dozen of them, but new places should
have opened by the time you read this.
Many chambres d’hôtes are members of
Gîtes de France (
%
04 95 10 06 14; www.gites-corsica
.com; 77 cours Napoléon, Ajaccio). The Ajaccio branch
has a brochure listing all the chambres d’hôtes
in Corsica (with photos and full information).
They are also listed on the Gîtes de France
website (www.gites-corsica.com/chambres
_hotes/chambre-hotes-en-corse.html). They
are graded on a scale that rises from un épi
(one ear) to quatre épis (four ears). Chambres
d’hôtes can be booked either through Gîtes de
France or by phoning the owners directly.
Take note that a number of excellent cham-
bres d’hôtes do not belong to any association.
Gîtes d’Étape
G îtes d’étape (walkers’ lodges) are a great-
value accommodation option. Though they
were primarily set up for walkers, they also
welcome non-walkers, space permitting
(whisper it softly). They’re an increasingly
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PRACTICALITIES
Corsica uses the metric system for weights and measures; kilometres, kilograms, litres, and
degrees in Celsius.
Electric current is 220V, 50Hz AC; plugs have two round pins.
Video recorders and players run on the PAL system.
If your French is up to it, keep a finger on the pulse by reading the daily regional newspaper
Corse Matin. Or pick up Arriti or O Ribombu (in French and in Corsican) if you want to get an
idea of some Nationalist prose. The monthly magazine Corsica (in French) is good for the
latest on Corsica’s current issues.
For French TV, try the commercial stations Tf1 and M6 or the state-owned channels France 2
and France 3.
Tune in to France Bleu Frequenza Mora (www.bleurcfm.com) or Alta Frequenza (www.alta
-frequenza.com) for local news (in French and in Corsican), reports and polyphonic singing.
BOOK ACCOMMODATION ONLINE
For more accommodation reviews and rec-
ommendations by Lonely Planet authors,
check out the online booking service at
www.lonelyplanet.com. You’ll find the true,
insider lowdown on the best places to stay.
Reviews are thorough and independent. Best
of all, you can book online.
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