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  • Stylish Ile Rousse apartment
  • Sea views
  • Sun terrace
  • Walking distance to town and beaches

Lying on one of the small cobbled streets just off the handsome main square, in a building with a patina of history, this apartment is three storeys up, but the climb is rewarded with beautiful sea views and the apartment itself is full of character and charm. Guests staying at Le Maria Venezia have an opportunity to immerse themselves in the colour and diversity of local life because it enjoys an enviable position at the heart of the Old Town with its shops, restaurants and cafés.



  • 2 bedroom apartment (sleeps 2-4)
  • Top floor apartment (65 steps from street level, no lift)

Apartment ground floor

  • Living/dining room with satellite TV and Bluetooth speaker
  • Kitchen with hob, oven, fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Double bedroom (160 cm bed)
  • Shower room
  • Terrace with sea view

Apartment first floor mezzanine

  • Accessed via narrow, open, spiral staircase
  • Double bedroom (140cm bed)
  • Small wash closet (shower and wash basin only)
  • Small adjoining sitting room with sofa-bed
  • Sun terrace


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioned bedrooms
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, bath and beach towels provided
  • Due to the open staircase, the nature of the mezzanine and sun terrace, this property is not suitable for children under 6 years of age
  • Parking not possible outside apartment
  • Parking garage available nearby

Please note: during the last week of September, the town hosts a boules competition and the annual Foire de L’Ile-Rousse. The event includes a funfair and live concerts in the main square and around town until late in the evening. The town is busier than usual and music is likely to be audible from the apartment.


  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

Apartment access times

  • Check-in time – 4.00pm
  • Check-out time – 10.00am


  • Beach, restaurants/shops 1-2min walk
  • Calvi airport 30min drive
  • Bastia airport 1hr 10min drive

Car hire

Car options

Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are included in the package price of your holiday:

  • 2 guests – 1 Group B, Ford Fiesta or similar*
  • 3 guests – 1 Group C, Seat Leon or similar*
  • 4 guests – 1 Group E, Automatic Peugeot 3008 or similar*

* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with no excess charge. For this particular destination, the undercarriage are not included in the cover.

Car specification

Group B – 4 seats, 1 large and 1 small suitcase*

Group C – 5 seats, 2 large and 1 small suitcase*

Group E – 5 seats, 3 large suitcases*

The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.

Group D - Seat Arona or similar, 5 seats, 3 large suitcases*

Group F – Ford Mondeo or similar, 5 seats, 3 large suitcases*

Group H – Jeep Compass or similar, 5 seats, 3 large suitcase*

Group N – Toyota Proace – 9 seats, 1 large and 1 small suitcases*

Group O – Peugeot 5008 or similar, 5+2 seats, 2 large and 2 small suitcases*

* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.

If you book a Group D, F and H please note Avis can give you any car within these groups subject to availability, no specific car can be guaranteed.

A beautiful and unusual apartment. We absolutely loved the views and there is loads of space. Debbie was great. She supported us really well throughout our stay. Nothing was too much trouble. The highlight of our stay was our drive to Cap Corse. The curves and bends are very challenging but if you are patient you can enjoy the drive and the views are breath-taking.

Sheila and Bob, May 2023

We have loved this beautiful apartment! So spacious and quirky. Wonderful views and always something to watch, from ferries to fire-fighting planes to swifts. Debbie was very helpful in helping us decide on which walks and restaurants. Best walks were Ostriconi for the maquis flowers, perfumes and views, and the village walk around Pigna etc. We love Corsica and will hope to return to this fab apartment.

Victoria & Toby, May 2023

A wonderful week for us - our first in Corsica. What an unspoilt treasure in the Med this part of the island is! We'll definitely be back! There are no great words for this lovely apartment other than those already used... quirky and idiosyncratic. It has real charm and we loved both balconies - breakfast and evening drinks downstairs, and sunbathing and reading upstairs. Debbie's advice and help was there right from the start. She was unobtrusive but we sensed that nothing would be too much trouble for her.

Sarah and David, May 2023

A lovely week in Le Maria Venezia! Very quirky and well equipped. Such a great location, very central for all your needs – could look over balcony/terrace and see the covered market setting up. What great product. Good weather apart from one storm when it brightened up afterwards so haven’t strayed far apart from little train to Calvi. Had a good look around and a pleasant lunch. Ile Rousse is a lovely town – little markets. Have had great meals each day – very well presented – good food. Many thanks to Jenny who was great – as we have come to expect over the last 9-10 years with Simpson reps! Hope to return again.

Angele & Mike, September 2019

This was our second stay and it’s safe to say we love it. The past two weeks have been a dream. With the exception of a dinner and a concert we’ve stayed in Ile Rousse and settled into a simple rhythm. Pretty much every meal has been eaten outside and we’ve made great use of the covered market. It has been a joy to spend time in this beautiful flat, looking at this beautiful island.

Joe & Justina, July 2019

We were revisiting Corsica 18 years after travelling there with Simply Travel. Times change but the quality afforded by Simpson Travel continues where Simply left off. Ile Rousse is a fabulous location and the apartment was wonderful. Situated centrally being well placed for the numerous restaurants, it was stylish and quirky with a fantastic view.

Jon Nightingall, July 2019

This was our first time in Corsica and were delighted with the beautifully decorated apartment and Ile Rousse. It was lively, with an international boules competition in the square. Commentators, floodlights, etc. The restaurants, although somewhat pricey, were excellent. The tapas bar in the alley was great and its neighbour A Quadrera, La Bodega and A Casella further up the beach. We also would recommend the market cheese, bread and sausage. The two balconies are fabulous for soaking up the wonderful views, smells and (most) of the sounds! The Spar is really handy. We travelled to Corbara for a fascinating sunset meal and a chat with the amazing photographer owner. And the crowning dinner was at I Scalini at the top of the mountain village in Sant’Antonio. Sharing the panoramic views with the kites and the hilarious waiters. Calvi is a must, especially its Citadel, and if you like fast boat ride; take one to the world heritage site Scandola. Unique experience – a bit of a white-knuckle ride across the waves. Finally, a road trip to admire the pine forested mountains at Tuarelli (between Galeria and Manso) and a great fresh water swim! Jenny is fantastic for advice. Always available (via text) and really helpful.

Tim & Lesley, September 2018

Le Maria Venezia was just as described: characterful and unusual, in a fantastic location with amazing views. On arrival at the airport the Simpson Travel representative was friendly and helpful and the ability to jump the car hire queue and go straight to the front as a Simpson Travel customer was great. The welcome pack was lovely with local products. The travel information about the area was helpful as was our local Simpson Travel representative who visited the day of arrival and gave us information across a range of different things according to interest. We had an amazing holiday!

Anne-Marie and Kelvyn, July 2018

Reflecting on a fantastic week… wish it had been longer! Enjoyed every minute. Villa is simply Corsican magic. Top terrace – taking in the early morning and late evening sun was amazing. Eating fresh bread from the boulangerie from around the corner with Corsican marmalade for breakfast on the lower terrace. Breaking bread and enjoying charcuterie (Lonzu) and local cheese from the market below. Pre-booked a table at Restaurant Marinella on the beach and pre-ordered lobster. Simply magnificent. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Definitely. Late afternoon drinks in The Glacier watching the locals play boules. Favourite beach for us – Bodri (5 mins in car). Clear blue sea, superb for swimming and snorkelling. Jenny, our Simpson rep, couldn’t do enough, looked after us and gave us some top tips.

John & Bradshaw, July 2018

Thank you for a wonderful stay – our first in Corsica. We had so many lovely moments.

Anne & Kelvyn, July 2018

After many years of exploring the south of Corsica with the expertise of Simpson Travel we finally prised ourselves up to the North, only for one week in case we were too traumatised and missed the south too much… We have had a wonderful week! Once again, Simpson sourced a superb apartment stuffed with treasure. Ideally located as a base for the north of the island – everything was within easy reach. Jenny was sensational, as we have come to expect with reps from Simpson – thank you so much for all your help and kindness. We were here for the start of the World Cup, so watching the games at the various bars played a large part of this trip. We also found time to visit the mountain villages, see Calvi by train (get the 9am train – the 11am is too full) and swim in the sea (pre 9am!). For anyone new to Simpson Travel – don’t bother booking with anyone else – they are fabulous, simply the best. For anyone new to Corsica, read the Dorothy Carrington books dotted around this apartment and you’ll be hooked forever. Huge thanks to Claire and Jenny, see you next year!

Jamie D & Natalie, June 2018

Our first trip to Corsica and we have not been disappointed. Our top tip is to take on board Debbie’s advice as her local knowledge is excellent. We have enjoyed exploring the coast and walks in the hills. We will definitely return to Corsica for its scenery and friendly people. With thanks to Debbie for all her help.

Sue & Nick Hawkins, April 2018

Simpson Travel does deliver on their promises. Excellent accommodation and friendly island representatives. I'm booking with them again next year.

Mr Betts, August 2017

Although we went in mid-August (usually very crowded and busy in resorts) we were so pleased that our apartment offered peace, style and comfort in an excellent location. We were thrilled to be so close to the beach, restaurants, market and shops but with the opportunity to quickly escape back to the sanctity of our very tasteful apartment.

Ms Almond, August 2017

We are here again and once again have loved the apartment, lle Rousse and the surroundings. Slightly more energetic this time so did the walk from Lumio into the hills and round to Occi and a trip to St. Florent and then onto Nonza. A week is not quite long enough – would like to have explored a little more but the sea and swimming are strong competition.

Shelley & Lizzie, June 2017

Just spent a wonderful week here, the best seat in town! It has been 33 degrees all week and too hot to do our normal long walks, so we swam every day. Loved the apartment and its rustic beauty.

The Andersons, June 2017

First time travelling with Simpson Travel and we were impressed with their professional and friendly approach throughout the booking process and the holiday. We will definitely use them again in the future.

Mr & Mrs Hurst, September 2016

We would thoroughly recommend Simpson Travel. The service they provided from booking to reps in the resort was outstanding. The apartment we stayed at in Corsica was unique, comfortable and in a great location near to the beach and all the amenities. We were delighted. Thank you.

Ms Macalister, June 2016

Fabulous experience from my original enquiry right through to our return to Bristol airport yesterday. Our apartment was simply stunning throughout with quirkiness and style – perfectly equipped. Lovely town and we look forward to returning to see other parts of Corsica.

Mrs Spencer, June 2016

We've thoroughly enjoyed our stay here – the lovely ocean views, sounds and smells. Thank you for letting us share your home.

Mrs Wilson, April 2015

Thank you so much for the Maria Venezia experience. We had the most amazing time. There is much more to see and do but impossible in one go so we will come back. The island is beautiful, fin!

The Brady Family, July 2014

Le Maria Venezia is a beautiful, well-equipped apartment. We particularly enjoyed the sun terraces with great views of the town and sea: saw a couple of lovely sunrises. The very central location meant only a very short walk to a variety of tasty restaurants.

Mrs Oldfield, April 2014

From the first phone call to saying goodbye to the rep, Simpson Travel made the holiday stress-free. Dealings by phone, e-mail and in person were professional and friendly and I would have no hesitation in using them again and recommending them to anyone who wants to take the hair-tearing out of holidays!

Mr Cook, October 2013

At the middle of the world, between earth, sea and sky, a point where all three regions join, there is a place, a red island. Where there is no clamour, only the sound of the sea's waves heard from afar, the vague tremors of chairs being unstacked in the morning and the polite salutations from the stallholders. Such has been our too brief a visit to the idyllic Le Maria Venezia as part of our honeymoon. It has been a wonderful place to pause, observe from on high and reflect on life.

Anonymous, August 2013

Lovely apartment with beautiful terraces, and magnificent views of the bay. Very well equipped and great location for restaurants and shops. The drive to the villages was a little scary but well worth it for the breathtaking views. Thanks Debbie for all your help.

Mrs Bowman, July 2013

We're back again to recover, and to relax in the early summer sun. It's been a glorious two weeks...in a slow to start season. Everyone has had time to help with our halting French and we've braved the sea (a little cold but refreshing). We love it here and will be back again.

Mrs Carter, June 2013

La Maria Venezia was a great surprise – exceeding our expectations. Ile Rousse at this time of year is very quiet – just how we like it. Perfect place for walking in the hills around Monticello, and the other Balagne villages. Great choice of restaurants just around the corner.

Mr Raikes, March 2013

Please continue to do your bit towards keeping Corsica as it is – unspoiled.

Mr Carter, September 2012

We’ve returned again to our favourite spot in Corsica – five times here I think. Wonderful island. Welcoming people. Too much food and wine – and stunning scenery. The apartment is perfect – as I said on our first stay – a real hideaway – with wonderful views. Love French bread and Corsican marmalade in the morning sun, the swims in the warm blue water, and the antics of the birds when they gather and fly past. This year – a new experience – the ‘Legion’ on exercise in Ile Rousse – complete with, we hope, blanks – noisy but exciting. Always a surprise.

Mr and Mrs Carter, September 2012

The apartment was exceptional, hardly any excuses to leave the roof terrace and balcony. The setting up of the market was our early morning alarm giving us notice of the fresh fish, fruit and vegetables ready to purchase. So many beautiful beaches to explore and the local mountains and gorges were breathtaking. Catching a glimpse of the wild boar, mountain goats and cows certainly made the journey memorable. The roof terrace at midnight is the coolest place to sit.

Mr Proctor, August 2012

Ile Rousse is truly delightful. The beach is beautiful. Excellent selection of restaurants. Lots of character. Lots to do from here – the train to Calvi, trips into the mountains, etc. Top Tip – wine by the pichet! Great value, good quality!

Mrs Blackburn, August 2012


Mrs Parrington, August 2012

We have loved living in Le Maria Venezia. We spent most evenings eating on the terrace as it is, without a doubt, the best seat in town. Train to Calvi was great. We have relaxed, read, painted and fully indulged ourselves for the last two weeks. Most produce available from the covered market – swordfish steaks very tasty. Thanks for a most rewarding holiday.

Mr and Mrs Severn, July 2012

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With fishermen mending their nets by the harbour, Calvi’s maritime heritage remains intact. However, the town has gained a new lease of life in the cafés and bars along Quai Landry, linking the marina and the port, with stretches of beach beyond.

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