For the perfect cheap self-catering getaway for families on the island of Corsica, I was delighted to discover the Village Vacances la Vallicella located on the north-eastern coast of the island. I came here with my daughter for our first summer vacation and wanted a really special destination within a small budget. After gaining great valued flights with Air Corsica from London Stansted, we flew into the island’s second largest airport, Bastia. After hiring a car, the drive to the resort took about twenty-five minutes.
Village Vacances la Vallicella is signposted off the T10 before the small town of Poggio-Mezzana, I drove straight to the check in office which is a bit unusual as it is not located at the main entrance. Keep following the road from the main entrance until a car park is reached (where the road ends). The office is found here next to the swimming pool and restaurant (basically the main area of the resort). After receiving a warm welcome and a lot of information about what to do in the area and further a field on the island, it was time to check out the accommodation.
The apartment I rented was classed on their website as ‘Location Appartement VA5’, which was about a five minute walk from the buildings beside the beach. However, it was the quiet end and I didn’t mind the walk in the warm Mediterranean sunshine. After parking the car in a small car park next to the buildings, I entered the building through a nice wooden door. Straight away I was in the main room which has the kitchen area, lounge and dining table and chairs. The kitchen had everything I needed to cook and store as well as a fridge/freezer. The dining area had a television as well but was hardly used on the visit as we were out all the time.
There were two bedrooms in the apartment. Room one had a double bed and wardrobe space, so plenty of luggage storage and in room two had two single beds and again, plenty of storage space. The bathroom next to the front door was clean and spacious with a shower, toilet and sink.
From the dining room, there were patio doors which lead to the patio area. Here there was another table and chairs and this was the area where we eat all the time, breakfast and dinner. It was perfect. Every day was warm and sunny and the sounds of birds everywhere really made our day. (Also a great tip, a local baker comes in their van every morning into the resort and stops in a few places along the road where guests can buy bread, baguettes and cakes which are very well priced and fresh, so in the end I didn’t bother buying this sort of stuff at the local market or supermarket).
At the main part of the resort there is (besides the reception and laundry area), a play park for children (which really kept Amélie entertained) and plenty of green space around to run around and go frigging mental. There is a restaurant right beside the beach and the swimming pool area which we used every day. There are plenty of sun loungers and shady areas with overhanging tree branches to one side of the area. I really love how one end of the pool I could pull up to the side and look out to the beach and the sea.
The beach is quite wide, sandy and the sea is warm in the summer months. Here I also saw the perfect sunrises over the sea every morning whilst I went for a run.
In the area known as Moriani-Plage (less than five minutes drive south of the resort) is where the supermarket is located where groceries can be brought as well as a few restaurants and shops.
As mentioned, I used this resort as a base to explore a few places on the east coast but I did go into the mountains and even drove to the southern tip of the island. All the places I checked out can be found on my blog post here.
I really did enjoy my stay here (so did the young’un) and had no problems with the resort. It had everything we needed and again, was in our budget range. With cheap flights from the UK and other European countries (as well as other cities in France), Corsica is really easy to get to now. I would certainly stay here again if exploring the area but I can’t wait to return to the island to explore other parts. There is so much to do here, to see and to enjoy.
To book a stay here, go to the resort’s website here or via Booking.Com link below.
A personal note from me – our time at the Village Vacances la Vallicella was paid for by ourselves and was not sponsored in anyway by the company. The opinions in this post are my own and is totally honest. I would like to thank the staff for making our short stay here an enjoyable one.