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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2010
I'm not a fan of Rough Guides. In the past I've found the writer's opinion a bit condescending and jaded. Lonely Planet guides have until now been my preferred guide. Until this one. It's much better than the Lonely Planet guide for Corsica. The accommodation recommendations were spot on and it included small villages that other guides overlooked. We found a load of information unique to areas that didn't feature in any of the other guides. I highly recommend this guide. Enjoy Corsica. It's beautiful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 22 June 2010
It has now become a habit of mine to buy the Rough Guide before planning our annual trips abroad. I was not disappointed with the Corsican edition. As usual, the easy to read information told me just what I wanted to know - where to visit, interesting things to see and do, unusual discoveries off the beaten track, restaurant and hotel information etc., etc. After reading and making notes it is much easier to see where best to centre a stay in order to get the most out of ones visit. Bravo and keep up the good work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 12 September 2013
This is an excellent book to help guide you through your holiday in Corsica. I actually bought another guide book at the airport because I thought I had not packed this one.
This one is far superior, apart from telling you the best places to go, it lo gives frank and honest opinions of what might not be such a good idea if you have limited time.
Another useful part of this book, it tells you when you go to a remote costal route where o park your car nod if you won't to go a bit further on foot to see something even more magnificent - it explains ho to do that
The best tip in this book was to actually travel up the western side of Caps Corpse - the book actually describes the points of interest of the eastern side in the chapter first. But it does say if you journey clockwise west, then north and then back southbound down the eastern coast it is a better view and much safer for driving on the left because domes those coastal roads disappear to nothing.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 8 July 2013
On our recent trip to Corsica we took this Rough Guide and the Cadogan Guide. On balance I preferred the Cadogan which I think covered the history & culture of Corsica better, perhaps to be expected, but also seemed to have more information generally about the area of Corsica we were visiting (we stayed in two villas in Southern Corsica, one on a vineyard between Porto Vecchio & Bonifacio, the second just outside Olmeto in the hills above Propriano). I can't comment about the coverage in other areas of the island.

The Rough Guide suggests that you can travel reasonably easily in most of Corsica using public transport provided you are willing to be flexible and plan in advance, although it acknowledges "the manifest inadequacies" of the public transport system. In truth, for most people, particularly anyone on a one or two week holiday, public transport is likely to prove too restrictive. I have my doubts that anyone with children would relish the prospect of being dropped over several kilometres from, e.g. the site of Filitosa, and having to walk the rest of the way or hope for a hitch. Yet whilst there is a 'hair shirt' approach to getting around, some of the hotel and restaurant recommendations are at the opposite end of the scale - a somewhat bizarre combination, although it perhaps reflects that Corsica is not a cheap destination.

The Rough Guide seemed to miss some lovely villages, some just a few kilometres from places they did mention which seemed less worthy of the attention. The same applied to beaches - there were several easily accessible beaches which didn't get a mention whilst nearby but much less attractive beaches did get a write up. I have always viewed the Rough Guides as mentioning places a little more off the beaten track but this didn't seem to be the case. There is better information about walking in Corsica than in the Cadogan guide so if that is your interest then the RG wins out.

Overall, I didn't sense any real enthusiasm for Corsica, and at times I wasn't even convinced the author had visited the places as there was a feeling of tourist brochurese which might explain the failure to mention the next beach around the bay. If you are interested in the culture and history of the island I would strongly recommend you read Dorothy Carrington's book 'Granite Island' which I probably used more than either of the formal guide books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2014
I was surprised to see Amazon promoting this book by boldly quoting a (presumably original) press comment that it contains up to date reviews of the best accommodation etc. Yet the product information discloses that it is the 2009 edition. For really up to date information, I found the similar Dorling Kindersley guide to Corsica excellent. It was published in June 2014.
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on 26 September 2010
We chose this over the Lonely Planet as it was a more recent book, at the time. I've bought several Rough Guides in the past, but recently have normally preferred Lonely Planet if there's one available and recent.

We found it didn't cover some of the family sight seeing activities and was dismissive of many areas as being touristy, when like an earlier reviewer we found they were pleasant and reasonably 'untouristy'. The restaurants in the centre of Porto Vecchio were dismissed unilaterally - did the author actually visit any - as some were very good, though some did look less appealing. Followed a high recommendation in Bonifacio where the staff were rude (though the food was good, despite that).

A lot of small towns were not covered at all, and Ajaccio not in enough detail for a day trip visit. Appreciate that everything can't be covered in great detail, but did find it frustrating that the guide missed a lot of what we needed.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2010
This book is ok if you like churches, travel by bus and want to spend over Euro 30 for each meal on a Coriscan set menu. My family and I loved Corsica, but found this book only mildly helpful.

Since 'Rough Guides' were originally aimed at the low budget traveler, this book is full of practical bus and 'getting there' information and I thought that I would find good recommendations on where to sleep and feed a family of 4 (with kids old enough to want grown up meals) at a reasonable cost. But most of the restaurant recommendations were a lot more expensive than our budget. There were very few suggestions on where to eat snacks/ simple meals - other than pizza!! (If you can afford Euro 30 a night for a meal each, surely you'll not be taking the bus!?!)

I know that Corsica is a place to go for sun, sea, beaches hiking and sport but other than the beach recommendations, many of the 'what to see' references seemed to be about churches. Perhaps that's because that other than scenery/quaint/beach/restaurant, there is very little to do in the average Corsican town? The village / town descriptions became quite repetitive and indistinct as a result.

I also found the maps quite frustrating as the regional maps don't overlap. Like many travelers we use a sat nav' and I was relying on the book's maps to help me plan the route for our trip.

Overall, the book gave me a feel for where to go and what to do once we were there, but wasn't totally focused on the budget traveler (but perhaps 'budget' and 'Corsica' are mutually exclusive??).
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on 12 March 2013
Whilst you can glean so much information off the net it is always nice to have a book guide to refer to. There are always going to be Rough Guide (and for that matter LP) critics but it's not too patronising and gives a good background to Corsica. Because we left it too late in the year to arrange a trip, we haven't gone yet (2013) so cannot judge its accuracy. The plan is to go in 2014 so may update this review, that's perhaps not the best that you've read.
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on 18 July 2013
love the rough guides anyway but this one for Corsica is well rounded and give you a good insight of what the island has on offer.
The itinerary are not as good as they sometimes are though.... And the island is rich in various activities that are not well represented so it won't save you a trip to the local tourist information centre
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on 12 August 2009
in general very accurate info plus good "tips" about the interesting places to visit
however some restos info need more updates
but overall good book, like it a lot
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