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Portland Holidays 2013

Portland Holidays 2013
Portland Holidays - now Thomson
You're probably here because you're looking for a Portland Holiday in 2013 - well, Portland Holidays have become part of Thomson Holidays now. In fact, Portland Holidays has been owned by Thomson for several years, but since 2011 the Portland brand has been stopped, and all holidays are now sold through Thomson. All's not lost though - it's still worth having a look at Thomson to see what they can offer you in the way of a good deal.

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The sweet smell of myrtle, lavender and honeysuckle heralds your arrival to this balmy isle. One of the last truly unspoiled corners of the Mediterranean, the French island of Corsica is renowned for its breathtaking scenery and spectacular beaches. Immense sandstone cliffs, crowned by Medieval citadels, rise up from the sparkling waters of the sea and give way to a hinterland cloaked in scented pines, gnarled olive trees and dense forests of chestnut and oak. A green mantle of wild �maquis' veils the hillsides and sleepy, ochre-coloured villages spill down the verdant valleys.

Food & Wine in Corsica
Like Corsica's colourful past, the local cuisine is a melting pot of influences. Effortlessly blending Italian and French cooking styles, eating out in Corsica is a gastronomic delight. Try the �cannelloni a brocciu', oven-baked pasta tubes filled with sheep's cheese served with a rich tomato sauce, or �agnellu', barbecued lamb flavoured with herbs and served with fried peppers, tomatoes and onions. As Corsica's an island, fresh fish features heavily on most restaurant menus. �Aziminu' is a fish soup similar to French �bouillabaisse' while sea bass, John Dory and red mullet are very popular. Wild boar roam free in Corsica's thick woodlands. Feeding on a diet of acorns and chestnuts, their meat has a distinctive taste. In the Corsican classic �cingale', boar meat is marinated in red wine and brandy and infused with herbs and fennel. Desserts as just as tempting and dishes such as �tiramisu' and �cr�me brule' give a nod to Corsica's Italian and French heritage.

Days & Nights in Corsica With its chic, palm-fringed harbours, Corsica really is an extension of the French Riviera. And, like its mainland counterpart, Corsica strikes just the right chord when it comes to nightlife � there are lots of vibrant hotspots and quiet evening retreats to choose from. If you can't resist the call of the glitter ball, head to Corsica's the main coastal towns and major cities. Porto Vecchio, Propriano, Bastia and Ajaccio offer a good number of discos where you can dance the night away to the latest sounds. Calvi also comes into its own when the sun goes down - its waterfront promenade is illuminated by the neon signs of various bars and discos that pepper the quayside. If you're looking for something a little more low key, you'll find a host of sophisticated cocktail bars and elegant cafes in most towns. With its wide range of piano bars and classy restaurants, Bastia's �vieux port' makes for a particularly good night out while Saint Florent is widely considered to be Corsica's answer to St-Tropez, attracting international jet setters from around the world.

Sights & Sounds in Corsica
Sightseeing: Corsica is littered with reminders of its colourful and varied past. Perhaps the most obvious is the chain of Genoese watchtowers and impregnable fortified cities dotted along the coastline. Protected by massive bastions and mighty ramparts, Bonifacio and Calvi make for superlative sightseeing. Perched on high rocky promontories looking out to sea, these Medieval citadels are a joy to discover as you wander through their tangle of narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets. Travelling even further back in time, Corsica plays host to a number of ancient sites including the remains of the Roman city of Aleria on the east coast. Originally founded by the Greeks in the 6th-century BC, Aleria rose to become the capital of Corsica under the Romans. Explore the remains of this once glorious city, peppered with ruined temples and bath houses. Corsica is also a hotbed for prehistoric finds. The 4000-year-old �menhir' stone sculptures at Filitosa in the south of the island are fascinating - their carved faces and weaponry show early man's artistic development.

Sun & Sand in Corsica
Corsica's coastline plays host to countless hideaway coves and enticing beaches. Warm, translucent waters lap long swathes of talcum powder sands and the sea is a kaleidoscope of luminous turquoise, electric aquamarine, tantalising jade and deep sapphire. Of particular note are the beaches that surround Calvi and Santa Giulia. So dazzling are the waters and so white are the sands that you'd be forgiven for thinking that you're in the Caribbean.

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