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Top Choice Gastronomy in Île Rousse

Pasquale Paoli

Whether you choose to dine in the whitewashed, vaulted dining room, or al fresco on the wood-decked terrace on the main square, this Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant guarantees a sophisticated experience. The…
Top Choice Corsican in Île Rousse

A Casa Corsa

With a prime location – and outdoor tables – on gorgeous place Paoli, this wine bar does a brisk trade in salads, cheese and charcuterie platters and other stalwart Corsican dishes. All the excellent, all-Corsican w…
Seafood in Île Rousse

L’Escale

You’d never guess from its crisp modern appearance, with huge sea-facing windows and outdoor terrace, but this family-run restaurant has been open since 1903. Though big, it's usually full enough to keep its energet…
Beach in Île Rousse

Promenade de la Marinella

This coastal promenade follows the seafront east from Île Rousse. The beach right by the town centre is actually very pleasant, with fine broad sand, but inevitably it can get very crowded in summer. More peaceful b…
Cafe in Île Rousse

Café des Platanes

With its wood panelling and art nouveau touches, this venerable main-square cafe has a real old-time charm. Sipping an aperitif beneath its namesake sycamores, and watching the local gents play boules – Île Rousse d…
Historic Site in Île Rousse

Old Town

Île Rousse’s delightful old town centres on tree-shaded place Paoli, with its daily food market, designed to resemble a Greek temple, alongside.
Island in Île Rousse

Île de la Pietra

Low, rocky Île de la Pietra, the ‘russet island’ that gave Île Rousse its name, is a pleasant 15-minute stroll from the centre, across a short causeway. Apart from the ferry terminal and a solitary hotel, it’s uninh…
Corsican in Île Rousse

L’Osteria

With its young, funky vibe and excellent €21 three-course menu, L’Osteria is a year-round local favourite. Rich in regional produce – seafood, veal, etc – the cuisine combines modern renditions of Corsican staples w…
Gardens in Île Rousse

Parc de Saleccia

Visitors to these landscaped gardens, 4km east towards Bastia, can admire the flora of Corsica – the tough plants of the maquis, pines, myrtles and fig trees as well as over 100 kinds of olive trees.
Market in Île Rousse

Food Market

Modelled on a Greek temple, with its open sides, tiled roof and 21 classical columns, Île Rousse’s covered food market opens every morning. Outside summer, it's busiest on Fridays.