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La Tour de Calanca

Listed under Unusual Places to Stay in Corsica, France.

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This tower was built in the 15th century as a watchtower looking out for pirates, so, despite the slit windows perfect for archers, the views off the Corsican coast to the bright blue gulf of Valinco are exceptional – especially from the roof terrace. The military design even runs to a drawbridge and battlements, but inside this tower has been converted into the perfect love nest for two. This is the place to bring your lover for meals for two on the terrace, romantic serenading, strolls along the coast, and moonlight swims in the clear sandy cove below...etc.

If you want to break the feeling of being the only two people in the world the bars and cafes of Olmeto and Propriano are a short drive away.

Written by  Jemima Jones.

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We stayed here this summer (2009) and absolutely loved it. The tower is magical, with flowering climbers reaching all the way to the top. We stayed on the roof in the evenings with a bottle of wine, watching the stars come out. The garden was delightful and there is a huge shade terrace and barbecue - the outside sink is a chunk of rock. There are 3 tortoises roaming about, a meadow - which you walk over to discover the washing line, and a beautiful drive surrounded by oleander bushes. Getting down to the beach was an adventure in itself and the sea was quite rough some days with waves crashing spectacularly over the rocks. A few other people were on the beach but never more than 6, and on our last afternoon we were totally on our own - bliss... We didn't want to leave ...

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Hey, Elizabeth, your review was very helpful but I was wondering, is it difficult to get to the Tour de Calanca from the airport? How long does it take roughly and is it difficult to find? Thanks! We are thinking of going here this year!

We landed at Figari and the journey was lovely - I think it took about an hour. We went with Simply Travel and they left a basic 'welcome pack' with some tea,coffee, sugar, long life milk and bread. We also bought food at the Spar shop in the next village as it was Sunday and there are not many shops open on Sundays - the Spar is only open in the morning on Sundays. We are very envious of you going to the tower. Have a lovely time!

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