As far as we could tell, having peeked in a few other sites, Santa Barbara is the only campsite in Corte which is easily accessible by caravans. We came from Bastia on the Ajaccio main road, and at least as far as Corte the road is very well engineered and suitable for large outfits (ours is 7. 2 metres). However, approaching Corte from Ajaccio would be a lot more challenging! Some of the towns along the way are pretty narrow and the main road through Venaco is prohibited to caravans. (there is a diversion along the D143, which is a bit narrow and winding). Santa Barbara campsite is just outside Corte on the Aleria road and access is very easy.
The site is Ďopen planí in that pitches are not demarcated so it can get a bit untidy looking, as the vast majority of campers are in tents, but is level and well-drained (important given the amount of rain we had in the daily thunderstorms in July 2103). The site is used a lot by youth groups which means a lot of people in a small space, and consequent pressure on the facilities. Things were not made better by the frequent rain which meant the floors in the toilet blocks were permanently very dirty. There seemed to be a problem with water pressure too, as toilets would not flush properly during most of our stay, leading to some pretty unpleasant experiences! There didnít seem to be sufficient effort by the owners to keep things clean.
In complete contrast to the state of the campsite facilities was the very smart and attractive restaurant/bar and swimming pool area - like another world! Despite the rather crowded nature of the site (though it wasnít full) generally it was very quiet night and day - the youth groups were extremely well behaved. However, the site runs alongside the main road, so there is inevitably significant road noise during the day. At night traffic dwindled to next to nothing. There is also an airstrip alongside but used by no more than two or three aircraft a day so not a problem.
Of course for most people the reason for being in this area is to make use of access to the fantastic mountain scenery around Corte, and for this Santa Barbara is ideal. The start of the Restonica valley road is a couple of miles away, leading to numerous fabulous walking routes. The valley road is notoriously narrow with very tight blind bends in a few places, but is not a major problem. Parking at the end of the road is limited (and payable) but is well organised. The most popular hike is the one from the end of the valley to Lake Melo and beyond. It is a popular family hike, though requiring a bit of scrambling, plus a couple of steep ladders. The scenery here is quite bare and rocky, and we in fact much preferred the Tavignano valley, accessed directly from the middle of Corte near the citadel. Overall we enjoyed our stay at Santa Barbara, despite the shortcomings in the toilet facilities. Anyway, it was probably the only campsite near Corte we could have accessed with our caravan!
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