Camping Amuruccio - location is everything

Corsica's main ferry port is on its north eastern tip and our first choice of campsite is incredibly convenient as a first base, being just 35km on the main road south.

Camping Amurucciu was a fabulous find for us last year and we couldn't wait to be back.

It's quite a sprawling campsite with two large areas under the shade of trees and an area about the size of the shady part right on the beach. Location is everything about this site and what's more surprising is that it doesn't share the stretch of sandy beach with any other properties. You won't be towel to towel with anyone else on the beach - there's masses of shoreline for everyone and you don't even have to walk far to be completely on your own, should you wish.

The facilities are somewhat dated and basic with mostly drop toilets and a single 'proper' loo with a seat. Hot showers require coins while cold ones do not. Outdoor showers are dotted around so you can wash sea salt off without trekking to the facilities block though, which is great. The dish washing area has only cold water.

Despite the facilities not being gold standard by any means the site has four out of five stars on Google Maps and it would appear it attracts people back again and again. On our first morning a Mercedes Marco Polo camper arrived next to us and it was the same young German couple who'd been on the exact same pitch next to ours last year.

We plumped for the sea-adjacent pitch, by the way, creating our own shade from our wind-out awning and a tarpaulin hung from two trees. We pitched so we had three trees available for our hammocks.

A small dune is all that separates the site from the sea. It takes just five seconds to step over it but it's high enough to keep the sea from view from the front-most pitches. You can still fall asleep listening to the waves though.

A popular place to pitch is slightly up hill where there's some shade and a view of the sea over the dune. However we preferred being as close as possible to the water, just like last year.

At 20€ per night plus 4€ for electricity I think the site offers reasonable value. Be warned though that the aged owner often rides about the campsite on his golf cart and will tell you off if he sees you using electric cooking appliances. Last year our electric cable splitter, that allows us electricity to the van and another outlet outside, tipped him off that we might be using more electricity than he felt was appropriate. He rode around the front of our pitch, saw our dinner cooking on an electric hotplate, wagled his finger at us and told us: 'Electricity cuisine non.' Thereafter we cooked inside where he couldn't see and, this year, we left our bikes and washing lines positioned to thwart any attempted golf cart drive bys.

You'd easily miss this campsite from the road. There's no fanfare in its small signage which goes no way at all to suggest what a gem of a place will greet you at the end of the track. So we'll have to continue sharing the site with its regulars, and you of course now that I've told you the secret.

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