The entire length of the Corsican coastline is over 1,000 km and two thirds of its surface is covered by natural parks which make it the most varied and richest natural heritage in France. The landscapes of this splendid island are characterized by crystal-colored waters, endless stretches of fine sand, numerous small unspoiled bays and granite cliffs on the sea, populated by sea birds.
Corsica is undoubtedly a perfect destination for anyone sailing on a private yacht charter. Thanks to the variety of landscapes and locations on the island, it is the ideal destination both for those looking for an exotic holiday full of activities and for those inspired by a relaxing holiday with their family and children.
Although every corner of this beautiful island is freely accessible, some areas of its territory and its sea are protected by parks and natural reserves. The peak summer season is in July and August and like in most of the Mediterranean, the yacht charter season in Corsica generally runs from April to the end of October. You can easily decide to start your luxury charter holiday from France, Italy and Sardinia or Corsica.
Corsica is a French island, one of the largest in the Mediterranean and the fourth in size. it is located in the center of the West Mediterranean, just 12 km / 6 miles from Sardinia from which it is separated by the striking Strait of Bonifacio. It is a wild land, full of mountains, rivers, beautiful coastal locations and wonderful beaches that make it one of the most popular European destinations, from spring to autumn. Sailing along the coasts of Corsica is easy and safe. Making the complete tour of the island or visiting just some of its most fascinating destinations is an excellent opportunity to discover the wonders hidden among its countless coves.
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A LAND OF HISTORY
The history of Corsica is very rich. Often overrun but never submissive, the island of beauty has so much to tell ...
The Genoese, envious of the Pisans, began to conquer Corsica gradually, until they dominated it entirely starting from 1284. Thus 5 centuries of Genoese occupation followed, during which the famous Genoese towers were built in Corsica. In this period the cities of Bastia, Porto Vecchio, Calvi, Ajaccio and San Fiorenzo (Saint Florent) were founded.
In 1755 Pasquale Paoli, one of the emblematic figures in the history of the region, commander-in-chief of the rebel forces tried to put an end to the dominion of Genoa in Corsica. He was elected "General of the Corsican Nation" and offered Corsica 14 years of independence, founding a republican constitution.
The Gorges of Restonica, Monte Stello and the cliffs of Bonifacio reveal all the magnificence of Corsica. Before becoming French, Corsica belonged to Genoa and although it depends directly on France, the residents claim their authentic traditions, the centuries-old customs that are expressed in songs, music, cuisine and crafts. Anyone visiting Corsica must include a visit to Napoleon Bonaparte's hometown, the city of Ajaccio. Arriving by sea, the town will welcome you in a pretty palm-fringed bay and its colourful and lively marina. The center of the old city of Ajaccio is very small; Behind Port de Plaissance is the citadel of Ajaccio and a small maze of alleys in the center of which is the home of Napoleon. The National Museum of the Bonaparte house is the birthplace of Napoleon. In addition to the original furniture it houses mementos, documents, weapons, busts and portraits.
CORSE - FRANCE
Arriving in Corsica from the south, your gaze will be literally attracted by its particular striking landscape and by the imposing white cliffs of Bonifacio, on the southern coast of the island. As you cruise past the majestic cliffs through a narrow passage the hidden natural harbour of Bonifacio will suddenly appear. Bonifacio is one of the Corsican cities most influenced by Italy. The long quay of the pretty marina where your yacht will be moored, offers a pleasant promenade between exclusive shops and restaurants, lively clubs and bars, extraordinary architecture and the most luxurious yachts visiting Bonifacio. This pretty and popular town is perched right on the peaks of massive rocky slopes. From the top of the historic center of Bonifacio, you can admire the spectacular cliffs on which the town rests, offering a breathtaking view of the open sea, of its small and characteristic fjord and the superyachts moored.
PORTE DES GENES - THE BASTION DE L'ETENDARD
BONIFACIO, CORSE - FRANCE
During your yacht charter itinerary, an overnight stop in the lively tourist port of Bonifacio is absolutely recommended. At the end of your day at sea, after a refreshing shower, you will certainly like to leave your yacht for one of the most pleasant promenade in Corsica. The charm of the cobbled streets makes Bonifacio a wonderful place to explore: during a walk inside the city walls you should not miss the Bastion de l'Etendard, the Church of Sainte Marie Majeure, the Church and the Convent of San Francesco. The historic center, located in the upper town, as well as the promenade along the dock of the below marina, is full of typical local restaurants, shops and places of historical interest.
SAN FIORENZO - SAINT FLORENT
Although Saint Florent is today a place where fishing boats have given way to the most luxurious yachts, it has not lost its authenticity and its traditional characteristics. The Gulf of Saint Florent holds some of the most beautiful beaches in Corsica set in a breathtaking landscape. What makes the elegant and intimate town of Saint Florent such a popular destination is its sobriety and privacy that make it a pleasant destination for celebrities who choose a vacation away from the spotlight. Saint Florent is located in one of the most charming bays in the Mediterranean which, like many other Corsican towns, preserves ancient historical heritages that have marked the history of the island. In addition to pleasant moments in contact with the natural beauties that surround Saint Florent, you can visit historic buildings such as the 12th century Cathedral or the 15th century Citadel. At the end of a relaxing day at sea, you cannot miss one of the most pleasant walks along the seafront and the liveliness that comes on in the evening in the marina located right in the heart of the village. In the cool hours of the evening, you can end your day walking along the pleasant promenade among charming shops, typical restaurants and wine bars.
CORSE - FRANCE
From Saint Florent, sailing south-east along the lush forests of the Corsican coast, you will reach Calvi. The first glimpse of the city is very suggestive, you will be greeted by the high orange ramparts perched on the cliff. The Gulf of Calvi, surrounded by mountains, has a beautiful 5 km long white sand beach. Its tourist port and marina are protected by the famous Genoese citadel of the thirteenth century. In the evening, once you land in the marina with your yacht, do not miss a pleasant promenade through the streets of pretty Calvi. If you are a connoisseur of good food, enjoy a romantic dinner in one of the typical restaurants of the town. The elegant city is home to numerous private charter superyachts, giving the area the feel of a sophisticated French resort. The main beach, 4.5 km long and bordered by a pine forest, begins at the entrance to the port and extends along the entire bay of Calvi. It is a beach suitable for families and thanks to more than fifty meters of shallow water it is a real kingdom for children! Do not miss a visit to the Scandola Nature Reserve that you will find along your route to the south after leaving Calvi.
SUNSET IN BONIFACIO
From Calvi, heading south, the island's landscapes will show you their most varied colors. You will sail along a stretch of coast of a few miles, which represents the Scandola Nature Reserve, one of the UNESCO heritage sites not to be missed, until you reach the Gulf of Girolata which will literally leave you speechless. You will certainly not mind spending a night in Girolata, a place rarely touched by man, reachable only on foot or by boat. It is a very small seaside village of just 15 residents; the specialty of Girolata fishermen is lobster fishing. Continuing from Girolata towards the south, you will reach the Gulf of Porto, surrounded by the Scandola Reserve to the north and the endless inlets of Piana to the south, also a UNESCO protected heritage site. For those wishing to discover some of the most striking scenery of the mainland, the Col de la Croix offers a walk of about 4 hours round trip from which to admire fantastic views across the bay.
LAVEZZI AND CAVALLO ISLANDS
Lavezzi -"Lavezzu" - is the largest island of the archipelago. You absolutely must go ashore and enjoy the various paths that connect the beaches and coves of the four sides of the island. During your visit, you will discover many magnificent beaches and coves with crystal clear waters and large granite rocks that slope down to the shore. Achiarina beach is perfect for relaxing and sunbathing away from the crowds. Chiesa beach is known for being the most beautiful in the archipelago with its turquoise waters perfect for swimming. As a small archipelago they are considered of great beauty and extraordinary naturalistic value. Lavezzi also hosts 2 marine cemeteries where more than 800 sailors and soldiers rest, who died in the Sémillante shipwreck in 1855.The entire archipelago is part of the Réserve naturelle des Bouches de Bonifacio which, together with the La Maddalena Archipelago National Park, forms the Strait of Bonifacio International Park.
Before the end of your charter experience in Corsica, you cannot miss a swim and, why not, a "walk" on the waters of the Piana Island, wading from your yacht to the opposite beach of Piantarella. A rare experience! The clear turquoise color of the sea will leave you speechless and the whiteness of the sandy bottom is breathtaking. Piana Island is an uninhabited island part of the municipality of Bonifacio and the Lavezzi Islands Nature Reserve. It is located three hundred meters from Corsica. The small island can only be reached from the coast or from your yacht at anchor thanks to a shallow sandbar that divides it from the mainland. This safe corner of paradise is a real kingdom for children.