Finding La Pinede was not an easy task on arrival to the beautiful island of Corsica. It didn't help that it was called something completely different and was signposted with another name! This was rectified two days into our stay so you shouldn't have any problems now should you visit, it is clearly signposted "La Pinede". After a trip into the local tourist office and some translating (owner does not speak english) we eventually got to the apartments. You will find it on the road from Bonifacio to Porto Vecchio, which is pretty much a straight road. After Santa Guilia you will find it located on your left just before a round about with a big sign saying "La Pinede" with a white gate.
On arrival the little old lady who owns the apartments showed us into her place first and we managed to sort out all the usual business even though she could not speak a word of english and our french was very questionable. It was all very amusing and there was a lot of sign language going on but we got there in the end. You should note that the initial price we were quoted did not include cleaning or even bed sheets & towels!! So be prepared to pay extra for this unless of course you don't mind cleaning up after you leave, which we did! I think we left it in a much cleaner state than when we got it though. Even after the extras it was still pretty good value for money compared to other places we knew about in the area. Linen and towels were clean and the apartment was comfortable enough. The lady was very obliging in providing these especially duvets when we needed it as it got chilly in the evenings.
The apartments are located right up a very steep hill so if you are an old person it might not be suitable unless you can drive up and down it, there is parking. There is also a nice restaurant across the road and on Fridays they sometimes have live music which sounded great and also lasted late into the night past midnight to our surprise. Everything social seems to start late in Corsica so it wasn't unusual.
If you want to know whether I'd stay there again, I would. It had a nice veranda, was comfortable, was a nice size and cheap! There are also about 4 other similar apartments nearby so if you are in a big group it could be ideal.
All in all it was a nice stay and locationwise it was fine. About 5 mins in the car to Porto Vecchio and 5 mins to Santa Guilia beach which is one of the best.
- Also Known As:
- Residence La Pinede Corsica/Porto-Vecchio