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This week’s blog comes from Pierre et Vacances guest Richard, whose family recently enjoyed a week of sun at Pierre et Vacances Residence Calarossa’s self-catering apartments in north west Sardinia.
Having been to Sardinia before we knew what a beautiful country it is and how friendly the people are. However our previous trips had been without the kids so we we’re prepared for a slightly different experience this time!
The flights from Gatwick to Olbia were amazingly quick, just two hours from boarding to landing, then a one hour simple and scenic drive to the residence itself.
The residence is accessed by a 2km beach road, which isn’t as bad as it sounds as it actually had less potholes than some English roads! I quickly learned that the trick was to keep your speed up and you float over the bumps plus it really helped to send the kids to sleep too. Also, having left suburban, overcast England it was really exciting to cruise along a sunny, dusty road to our holiday apartment.
Pierre & Vacances Residence Calarossa
The self-catering apartments themselves were bright, airy and clean, with a well stocked kitchen, comfy beds and a nice terrace.
The thing we noticed about the resort is how fragrant it is, the flowerbeds are immaculately kept and smell of lavender and rosemary wafted everywhere you went. It was low-season so it was lovely and quiet, but even at high-season you can see the facilities would have no problem accommodating larger numbers without it feeling crowded.
The three pools were really clean and were both child friendly with gentle steps into them, with lots of sun loungers and shades to choose from. The kids’ pool was perfect for our five year old to jump in and out on her own, whilst our 10 month baby could safely crawl around on a rug in the shade.
To entertain the kids there are a troop of energetic teens called the Animators that every morning and afternoon performed a short choreographed dance by the pool, which our eldest little girl absolutely adored and learnt the steps to off by heart. In the evenings the same group held a kids’ disco in the bar which was as real treat for all the little ones.
We went self catering but the on-site restaurant was really flexible, so occasionally we had breakfast and supper there. When we couldn’t be bothered to leave the apartment after a hard day at the pool we simply ordered takeaway pizzas. All the food was very good but the pizzas were outstanding.
Overall though the most special thing about the resort were the staff, everyone was super friendly and went out of their way to help you. A special mention must go to Antonio the restaurant’s maitre d’ who made us feel so welcome and barman Alessandro who made a great G&T which us grown ups really enjoyed at sunset.
I couldn’t recommend Calarossa enough, if you have young kids it’s totally catered to making everything as easy and enjoyable as possible for grown ups and children alike.
Our local tips:
• Visit the harbour town of Isola Rossa for some great little shops and supermarkets.
• Marrineda beach is a short drive from the resort. It’s really easy to park with lovely warm, clear water for swimming.
• The beach cafe at Marrineda is a great spot for lunch, right on the beach with lots of shade, amazing squid and seafood.
• If the conditions are right there’s incredible surf to be had at Basedsi and Marrineda beach, you can hire boards at the beach.
Prices for Pierre & Vacances Residence Calarossa are from €570 for a week, book online or by calling 0870 0267 145.
The spotlight is on Pierre & Vacances’ new resort in Sardinia this summer with discounts of over 15 percent now available to last-minute bargain hunters.
The latest addition to Pierre & Vacances’ 16 ‘Resort’ portfolio, the Pierre & Vacances Calarossa Resort is located on the north-western coast of Sardinia, between Castelsardo and Santa Teresa di Gallura and is just 400m away from the beach.
With on-site facilities including a bar and restaurant with panoramic views, three swimming pools and tennis courts, as well as free children’s clubs for 4-11 year olds, Calarossa is the perfect spot to escape this summer.
One week staying in the Pierre & Vacances Calarossa Resort from September 4 starts from £352 (previously £412) for three people sharing a studio apartment, rising to £402 (previously £592) for a one-bedroom apartment for four people, or £550 (previously £647) for a two-bedroom apartment sleeping up to six people.
Introducing…Pierre & Vacances Calarossa Holiday Resort
New to Pierre & Vacances customers this summer, the Pierre & Vacances Calarossa Holiday Resort in Sardinia – the perfect spot for an affordable family holiday to Italy with the kids this summer.
Situated just 5km from the ancient rugged harbour of Isola Rossa, Calarossa Holiday Resort– a self catering resort in kid friendly Sardinia – is nestled within 110 hectares of spectacular scenery with panoramic sea views. With a full array of facilities and activities for kids of all ages, Calarossa is set to be one of our most popular family resorts.
Leisure activities include three swimming pools, a flood-lit tennis court, bowls pitch, volleyball court and a beach, popular with canoeists and scuba divers alike, just 500 meters form the resort. The coastline is littered with beaches and coves, perfect for those with a snorkel.
The property itself consists of 315 fully equipped self catering apartments with the choice of either a balcony or a patio, an onside restaurant with sea views, a solarium, a bar and an amphitheater. Alongside the great array of local eateries and cultural attractions, Calarossa Holiday Resort is a great spot from which to explore Sardinia.
Pierre & Vacances are delighted to offer prices for a one-week break at Calarossa starting at €571,20 for a studio apartment sleeping four in August 2010.
We recently caught up with the manager of Calarossa Holiday Resort, Alessandro Antinori, who gave us the full insight into this great property.
What advice would you give to someone visiting Calarossa?
Make sure you eat dinner outside to witness one of our glorious sunsets!
Best local restaurant for couples, families, and friends?
I would say stick to the resort, the one in the residence!
Best beach for couples, families’ friends?
La Marineda for families and for those who want to surf. Cala Tinnari for couples who are looking for somewhere quieter.
1 hour by car to go to Alghero.
Whats the best thing about Calarossa for our UK customers?
“The great thing about Calarossa is that yes, you are in Italy, but you also are not. You’re on an island, far from everything, it’s a different place, it has its own identity, its own local customs, food, and has a great community feel for families.
Calarossa is the true meaning of nature and sea, separated for the routine of daily life. With clear waters and an array of multi-coloured rocks, swimming in the sea feels like being in your own natural pool. Add to that some of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see and you get the full picture of beautiful Calarossa.
There’s so much to explore. Taking a walk along the white sandy beaches, you’ll come across the Spanish courts of Castelsardo, Santa Teresa and Alghero all settled beneath acres of palms, almond and olive trees. Surrounded by pine forests and open fields, wildlife and dazzling light, the days in Sardinia feel longer than in any other place.
Food lovers will love Sardinia. Some of Italy’s best wines, cheeses, olives, almonds, ricotta, orange cakes and Sardinia’s specialty, thin flavoured cracking carasau bread, are all plentiful in their availability in and around Calarossa Holiday Village.
For lovers of the Mediterranean, self-catering is the best way to enjoy affordable family holidays and if you’re looking for a change from your favourite haunts in Greece or Spain, with a little je ne sais quoi thrown for good measure, make your way to Corsica.
This beautiful French island situated north of Sardinia, is less than two hours’ flying time from the UK. Known as the ‘scented isle’ because of its abundance of fragrant flowering shrubs, Corsica offers a wealth of beautiful sandy beaches, a rugged interior, and fine French dining as well as more fun food for the kids, lively nightlife and plenty more to see and do. And that includes doing very little if all you want to do is relax.
So if you want to make sure you can afford more of the things this lovely island has to offer, self-catering apartments in Corsica are the smart choice, especially if you’re a family with young children.
Hit the beach
It’s Corsica’s miles and miles of golden, sandy beaches that keep people coming back to this magical Mediterranean island. And with over 200 beaches to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice. They’re remarkably clean, even the beaches close to the towns, and that goes for the water, too.
If you want to get away from it all, you’ll find peachy little beaches tucked away in rocky coves only accessible by boat, while other more secluded beaches can be reached along winding coastal paths.
If you simply want to kick back and take in some rays, you’ve come to the right place. The beaches are so spectacular that a recent survey said that five out of six visitors to Corsica can never tear themselves away from them. But if you’re one of the dedicated few who can, there is plenty to see and do.
Warm water, sunny weather and gently shelving beaches make Corsica an aquatic playground. Corsica boasts some of the best conditions for windsurfing, snorkelling, diving, sailing and fishing to be found anywhere in the Med.
Meanwhile, back on dry land, the more adventurous can try paragliding, quad-biking and bungee jumping, which are just a few of the more extreme adventures you can experience in the rocky interior.
The island’s capital is well worth a visit. Built by the Genoese in the 16th century, today it still stands as a proud citadel. The old town perches on a dramatic hilltop, overlooking the yachts and other pleasure boats that now fill the harbour below.
In the narrow streets, café sitting and menu browsing is the order of the day, while watching the local fashionistas walk by. Seeing and being seen is a local sport –Corsica is a mix of French and Italian influences, after all.
Food & Wine
That mixture of French and Italian traditions is also apparent in the food, creating something quite unique in Mediterranean cooking.
As you might expect, coastal areas are great for fresh seafood, with red mullet, sea bream, crayfish and oysters particularly good. While inland you’ll find good, earthy peasant food with wild boar and roast partridge more the order of the day.
Corsica produces its own wines, which are little-known outside of the island. The locals say it’s too good for anyone else. The grape harvest here is still cut by hand. Try one of the local fortified wines such as Muscat, or the darker, sweeter Cap Corse. Perfect as aperitifs, they can also be drunk throughout the day as the mood takes you.
And if you’re visiting in mid July, why not check out the Corsican Wine Festival in Luri, Cap Corse.
You’ll find everything from top quality restaurants to laidback local watering holes and cheery cafes serving pizzas, so there’s something for everyone. Children are always made especially welcome, and most venues have high chairs and special children’s menus.
Nightlife in Corsica tends to be pretty laidback with long, lazy evenings in restaurants top of the bill. However, the larger towns such as Porta Vecchio, Calvi, Ajaccio and Bonifacio have late night bars and nightclubs.
Nearly every town and village in Corsica will hold a festival at one time or another, usually during the summer months, with music, eating, drinking, markets and quite often fireworks. They’re great fun, give a real insight to traditional ways of life on the island, and visitors are always made welcome. Local tourist offices will give you an up to date list.
Return flights from London – Bastia with Easyjet start from around £75 in April.
French self-catering holiday specialist, PV-Holidays has comfortable apartments in Corsica, including the charming Résidence Aria Marina near Mancinu beach.
P&V is currently offering 7 nights in a studio for 2/3 people for just €540, from Saturday 2 May to Saturday 9 May. For information and
other latest deals, visit www.pv-holidays.com