This year the Tour de France celebrates its 100th birthday. The first three stages will take place in Corsica at the end of June and will cover 500 kilometres of some of the most beautiful and dramatic landscapes you will find anywhere.
This is the first time the famous cycling race has visited Corsica sparking much interest in the island. If you are thinking of visiting this summer, book early, as it is proving to be a popular destination.
The race begins in the southern town of Porto Vecchio, which is known for some of the best beaches on the island. In the town itself you’ll find quaint cobbled streets, charming restaurants and chic boutiques.
If you are looking for a luxurious break for two, check out Casadelmar, a refined hotel by the beach of Porto Vecchio with stunning views across the bay. The interior is sleek and sophisticated and the facilities first class, including a beautiful infinity pool and a renowned restaurant. The spa offers a wide range of treatments amongst which you’ll find a wonderful range of massages designed for two people, in their new cabin overlooking the sea.
The final Corsican stage of the Tour de France finishes in Calvi in the north of the island where the ancient citadel looks down upon the marina filled with luxury yachts and the beautiful bay beyond. Crystal clear waters lap a sweeping curve of golden sand, backed by pine forest and the majestic mountains beyond.
There are many luxurious villas, apartments and hotels in Calvi and the surrounding area, however, Hotel la Villa is one of the most stylish. Set in seven acres of gardens, this elegant hotel has recently been refurbished and the spacious rooms and terraces have spectacular views across the bay to the citadel.
The hotel boasts an excellent and popular restaurant, a choice of four pools and extensive on site facilities. It also offers frequent transfers to the beach where sun loungers and parasols are reserved for guests’ use, making this another great choice for those seeking a luxury break on this lovely Mediterranean island.
Car hire is recommended if you wish to explore more of the island, its charming villages and dramatic mountainous interior, unless of course you prefer to cycle! Indeed, Corsica has been a popular destination for cyclists for many years and inspired by the Tour de France, Corsican Places is offering free bike carriage on its Stansted – Calvi charter flight, throughout the Summer.
Kathryn Burrington is Author of Travel with Kat.