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Hôtel Demeure Castel Brando, Corsica
|, 20222, Erbalunga, Corsica, Corsica, FRANCE.|
Description: Hôtel Demeure Castel BrandoThe Castel Brando is a beautiful hotel in a family mansion built in the 19th Century. It is 50 metres from the sea in a picturesque and authentic village called Erbalunga, in the Cap Corse. It is located in the middle of greenery, at the heart of this lovely village of fishermen, 9 kilometres north of Bastia. You can still see these old boats coming and going, reminding us of their more active past. Nicknamed the village of the painters, it has been the source of inspiration of several famous 20th Century painters.
Type of rooms: Hôtel Demeure Castel Brando18 Superior Rooms
21 Charming Rooms
Additional information: Hôtel Demeure Castel Brando
Rooms have air conditioning, telephone, internet, bathrooms with hair-drier, television, satellite reception, minibar and safety deposit box.
A free Wi-Fi acces conection is available near reception. An internet point is free to use in the lobby.
Dining: Though there is no restaurant, try different teas, homemade cakes and delicacies in their library lounge or next to the fountain in the shady patio. There are several restaurants in the nearby village.
Music Festival: Every summer, at the beginning of August, there is a music festival in Erbalunga with famous artists, right in the middle of old streets and fishermen's stone-roofed houses.
Beaches: Sunbathe at the hotel near its heated swimming pool, or go down to the flat rocks of the Mediterranean 50 metres away, and dive into this clear sea; you can also go to the village's beach or to the small protected Cap Corse creeks. Erbalunga's beach is at 400 meters from the hotel. A sandy beach is at 6 km.
Sports: VTT rental at the hotel (Rack lent for free). Diving centre 3 kilometres away, the dolphin diving club offers dives everyday for beginners and experts. Sea kayaks rental at the hotel, use it near the hotel, or bring it by car with the car holder included with the rent. Jogging in the forest next to the hotel, free tennis court 200 metres away (lessons by request), riding school, canyoning (see reception). On site bicycle rental carrier provided. A horse riding club is at 41 kilometer from the hotel. Hikes from the hotel to Monte Stello (1300m). There are a lot of famous hiking paths.
Religious rites & sites: Easter is characterized by the procession of religious brotherhoods up to the Saint Erasmus church or the Granitola. The people walk in a symbolic spiral according to a Pagan rite that goes back to the mists of time.
2 kilometres south, the Notre-Dame-de-Lavasina basilica is a pilgrimage place which is highly frequented by Corsican Christians every 8 th of September.
Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Chapel, built in the Middle Ages, with beautiful dated frescos is in the valley above Erbalunga.
Nearby attractions: from the hotel or little above (by car), a marked path will guide you to the top of 1,305 metre high Monte Stello (the Mount of the Stars), the highest mountain in the Cap Corse from where you can see Elba island or both shores of the cape. You can visit the Finocchiarola natural reserve or do the fabulous ramble from Barcaggio on the Sentier des Douaniers (Customs Officers Path) and its heavenly sand beach 30 kms north of Erbalunga. Visit of the village, Genoese tower bombed by the Royale cannons little before the Revolution, marina, houses of notables nice pictures guaranteed ! On the heights, abandoned hamlets such as Petre Scritte (Written Stones), the ruins of the Lord Gentile Castle, or the villages on the little frequented panoramic road, some inns and pizzerias where you'll be welcomed unpretentiously. Bastia is the 68th French town to have obtained the "Art and History" label for its citadel, its museum, the old port, the baroque churches and the market. 13, Rue Napoleon was home to Bonaparte when the republican circle gave him a safe-conduct to Toulon which was possibly the start of his destiny.
Drive around the cape with its marinas: Porticciolo, Macinaggio, Centuri, Nonza, Saint-Florent and Patrimonio, the antique vineyard where you can taste these several times awarded wines before actually purchasing them. The Cap Corse is an island within the island where the preserved sea, mountain and nature unify in harmony to offer an incomparable lifestyle. The Castagniccia (30 kilometres south of Bastia), is a huge chestnut grove hiding villages, one of which is Morosaglia, birthplace of Pascal Paoli (1725-1807), the founding father of the Corsican Nation. Corsica was ruled by the world's first constitution in 1755. An object of curiosity to European courts and enthusiasm for Enlightenment philosophers, it recognized women's suffrage and inspired the American Constitution.
Number of rooms: 45
Official category: 3 stars.
Year of establishment and/or latest refurbishment: 1853/1999.
Period of closure: closed for winter until March 23, 2012.
Languages spoken: French, English, Spanish, ItalianSmoking policy: There are non-smoking rooms available.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express.
Restaurant closed: Open for breakfast only.
GPS Coordinates: 42° 46' 26.98'' N 9° 28' 29.33'' E
Nearest airport: Bastia-Poretta (BIA) - 25 km.
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