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Corsica and Saridinia Schedule Help ! November 4 to November 12

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Me and my fiance will arrive in November for 4 at the Bastia airport, I plan to rent a car at least for 2 days. I am interested in taking the train around Corsica. We have 8 days since November 12 our flight is scheduled for 1:00 pm. My question is would give us time to visit Sardinia for at least 1 or 2 days. I am open to any help if somebody have any maps, information on how to buy a cell phone with internet during that period of time etc.

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I have considered Sardinia for a brief spring vacation.
I understand it is rather primitive.
The sights are few and very spread out.
So unless you want to camp out, go to the beach daily and dine locally, I don't think it offers much.

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What you would recommend to us? Since is the first time in Corsica, personally I would like with my fiance to try the local food also get to know the culture in Corsica, France. I had heard about Sardinia if so I don't think November is a good season for the beach please let me know for any recommendation I want those vacations to be unforgettable.

Thank you

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Primitive? Sardinia is wonderful and it has some very interesting sites to visit. It also has indoor plumbing and toilet paper! Wow. The sites are not four star wonders but are worth exploring and they are widespread. I don’t know how you intend to see Corsica by train since there are only two routes. I arrived in Càgliari and drove up the east side of the island taking the car ferry from Santa Teresa di Gallura to Bonifacio and driving all over Corsica. I think November is a little late for the beaches on either island. And make sure the car ferry is still running in November. Both islands have spectacular scenery and great people and marvelous food and wine. I spent 12 days on my trip and of 20 trips to Europe, it was one of my favorites. I was there in late September and early October, still beach weather and the tourists were gone. Rates were cheap and restaurants and hotels wanted your business.

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I was there only on cruise ship days, in late October. Your car rental is essential because, even with the TI person making the phone call, we had trouble getting a taxi driver to leave his home during the off-season. You will find a percentage of the businesses on short hours or closed, especially coastal and tourist-related businesses. You certainly won't have to face any crowds.

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I did not know that detail about the train,I would have to check if is operating in November. What places would you reccomend?
Also we just have 8 days will be a good idea rent a car in Corsica for a least 6 days is enough to visit all the places?
And take 2 days to visit Sardinia or 1 day please let me know for anything.

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If you just have 8 days, I would focus on Corsica, with a possible side trip to the Maddalena islands just off the northern tip of Sardinia - but logistically complicated because it is tricky/forbidden to take a rental car on the ferries between Corsica and Sardinia...
And yes, a car the whole time is best - roads are slow-going but driving is no issue otherwise.

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Our itinerary is as follows:

Montreal, Quebec Canada Nov 03 7:55 pm to Paris, France (CDG) 8:45 am then for Corsica

Corsica Return Nov 12 1:05pm Paris (CDG) to Canada 2:45 pm

If it is forbidden to take the rental car to Sardinia I could ask if we could leave the car parked in the designated area of the AirBnB place during that day. Or first go there by ferry then go back and stay the rest on Corsica en enjoy the rest of the time. Where the Maddalena islands ferry is located since there are several ports in Corsica. I really appreciate your help and opinion.

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I rented my car from Europcar and they do allow the short ferry crossing from Corsica to Sardinia. The island isn’t that big so it would be easy to visit all the sites in the time you have. Some restaurants and hotels might be closed but there are many that will still be open.

I was only on Corsica for 4 days, 3 nights. One great day trip is to drive anti clockwise around Cap Corse on the coastal roads The scenery is great. If you’re adventurous, drive to Barcaggio at the northern tip of the island. Stop into the Pizzeria Marine in Marine d‘Albo for a quick bite and nearby nice views from the beach. The black sand beaches of Ogliastro and Nonzo, nearby, are spectacular. Then drive to Saint Florent and stroll around the port. From there return to Bastia and enjoy moules et frites at Café Albert 1er on the Place Saint Nicolas.

I next headed to the west coast taking the D84 to Marine de Porto which is a marine sanctuary and more beautiful views and a great beach. I stayed at Logis Hotel la Lonca which offered free parking. For a light lunch, try La Cigale across from the Spar supermarket - they have a sandwich called “The Big” which is a hamburger on a baguette 👍. For a wonderful dinner with local Corsican cuisine, choose Restaurante Le Moulin.

The Calanques of Piana are a few km south of Porto on the way to Ajaccio where I hope the market will be taking place on Place Foch. I didn’t stay overnight here but really enjoyed the strolling the city of Napoleon. Had an enjoyable lunch on the terrace of Produits Corses a Casetta on Avenue du Premiere Consul. Next stop was one of my favorites - Bonafacio! A spectacular marina/harbor, seafood restaurants, a castle, boat tours of the chalky white cliffs. I stayed at the quirky Hotel du Centre Nautique right on the quay. (free parking) There are dozens of restaurants on the quay from which to choose, mainly seafood. Some good Italian restaurants in the area around the Bastion.

If you want to go to Sardinia, you can take the ferry to Santa Teresa. If you don’t take your car, visiting the town would be a short day trip. If you take the car, it’s about a 2 hour drive to Alghero. Longer if you visit Castelsardo or Porto Torres. I visited the former, not the latter. In Alghero I stayed at the Hotel Domomea with only on-street, but easy to find, parking. I’d suggest taking the boat trip to the Grotta di Nettuno from the harbor. Ristorante Mirador on Via Manno near the Bastion had good seafood. For the best pizza in Sardinia, OK Pizza Evolution is about a 5 minute walk from the hotel on Via Sebastiono Satta. Make sure to have Grappa when you’ve finished your pie!

Back to Bonafacio for the trip to Bastia. I drove up the east coast visiting Porto Vecchio then driving inland from Aleria to Corte. If you enjoy challenging roads, leave the T50 and detour on the D14 which eventually returns to the T50. And then to Corte and lastly back to Bastia! Whew!

The roads are twisting and turning so plot your travel on Via Michelin to get an estimate of the time required to get from A to B. Looking at a map is very deceiving. Also be careful of livestock on the roads (sleeping pigs look like large rocks), wild animals and hunters. If you have a smart phone that uses a SIM card, just buy a local sim when you reach France, either at CDG or when you arrive in Bastia. I would head to a cell phone store once I’m in Bastia because you’ll get better service and more options. If you don’t have a smart phone that’s unlocked, I would buy one from Amazon or EBay before you travel,

Get to Corsica as early as is practical because sunlight is at a premium in November. If you want more info on Sardinia, you can send me a private message.

Bon voyage!

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Let me write down that information, now that I have a better idea I just have to organize everything, I will probably ask you about Sardinia later by message. Thank you very much for everything.