Villa Maremonti's location and its surroundings offer an amazing range of activities for people of all ages, tastes and physical conditions .
Let's start with those who enjoy the art of "farniente": laying by the pool with a glass of Corsican wine in a state of beatitude while taking in the majestic views of Corsica's highest peaks and the bay of Ajaccio. That's what most of our guests do for their first few days ! While laying by the pool, some dream about the ancient times when Ulysses sailed off Corsica and found refuge in the natural harbour of Bonifacio or when Seneca The Younger, was sent to exile to Corsica for 8 years by Emperor Claudius for having been accused of adultery with one of Caligula's sisters, or about the Barbary Ottoman pirates from Tunis and Algiers who were raiding the Bay of Ajaccio for their slave trade...
Then come the sea , its beaches and hard to reach coves:
-From the villa, a quick walk down an oleander lined path leads to a great swimming cove among impressive boulders.
-A few minutes away by car are great sandy beaches with crystal blue waters: Portigliolo,Mare Sole,Cala d'Orzu,.... with their beach restaurants, sailboats, jet skis and kayak rentals.
-A power boat and its skipper can take your party for day trips to very secluded coves : http://www.bizzarinautic.fr/en/4/bizzarinautic/day-charter
- A private scuba instructor can take the experienced or inexperienced to the best under water spots.
Then a few suggestions for "on land" experiences:
-From the villa or a few minutes drive away: jogging and hiking trails in the "maquis" and 4 tennis courts. Or a 3 hour hike to Capo di Muro and its Genoese tower.
-A day trip to Ajaccio the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte : a shuttle service across the Bay can take you to the old Ajaccio fishing harbor, its narrow streets and daily colorful outdoor food market. Once there one can visit the historical home of the Bonaparte family where Napoleon was born in 1769, the 16th century Baroque Ajaccio Cathedral where he was baptized in 1771 and the Fesch museum with its great collection of Italian Renaissance paintings.
-Col de Vizzavona (Vizzavona pass) ,the starting point of one of the best and relatively easy mountain hikes in Corsica is just an hour and a half drive from the villa.The round trip walk from the pass to "Les Cascades des Anglais" (the Englishmen's waterfalls) on the Agnone river at the foothill of Monte d'Oro takes about 4 hours .
-A day trip to Bonifacio the oldest town in Corsica . Its Tuscan citadel and its walled medieval center all seated on top of the white cliffs facing Sardinia are worth the 2 1/2 hours drive from the villa. Next to Bonifacio is the 18 holes Golf de Sperone designed by Robert Trent Jones. It is a challenging course in a very windy place about which Robert Trent Jones Sr said: "The tee from 12 is one of the most beautiful in the world.Because of their beauty and variety, holes 12 to 16 at Sperone are comparable to the sea holes at Pebble Beach and Cypress Point".
-A day trip to Calanche de Piana and the town of Porto. Calanche de Piana and its surrounding Golfe de Porto and Girolata marine reserve are part of the Regional Park of Corsica and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This can also be a beautiful boating expedition on a skippered power boat from the villa.