The beautiful island of Corsica lies approximately 100 miles off the French coast and remains one of Europe’s best kept secrets. It is in fact closer to Italy than it is to France and it is therefore not surprising that this distance gives Corsica a quite different character and atmosphere to that of the French Mediterranean coast.
Corsica is a land full of character, with natural landscapes of granite and schist, and with an abundance of beautiful white sandy beaches, deserted creeks to vast gulfs and some of the clearest waters in the world there is no better way to explore more than a 1000km of stunning coastline than from your very own private yacht.
A great place to start your cruise is in the quaint town of St Florent in the North West of Corsica, heading south you will pass Calvi dominated by its citadel rising up from the sea as if hewn from the solid rock it sits on. South of Calvi you can visit the Scandola Nature Reserve, a real must to be seen from the sea. Composed of striking red porphyry granite, its sheer cliffs and claw like outcrops formed by Monte Clinto’s volcanic eruptions 250 million years ago, together with the subsequent erosion over time has created shadowy caves, grottoes and incredible gashes in the rock. The colours are as remarkable as the shapes, ranging from charcoal grey to incandescent rusty purple.
Continue south passing the Iles Sanguinaires, a small group of islands and you arrive at Ajaccio the birthplace of Napoleon and the island’s Capital. Casa Buonaparte the ancestral home of Napoleon is today a museum and well worth a visit.
Continue on your journey you will pass Propriano once a small fishing village which has now been turned upside down to provide, an array of restaurants, bars and boutiques followed by some wonderful anchorages (Roccapina being one of my favorites) and amazing calanques before arriving in Bonifacio said by some to be the most beautiful port in the whole of the Mediterranean. The citadel on top of the cliffs was built by Count Bonifacio. Today as the limestone cliffs have been eaten away under the old town you will be left in awe at the sight of this wonderful town perched on what has become a huge natural balcony.
A short cruise from Bonifacio, lying in a maze of rocks, reefs and shoals you will discover the islands of Lavezzi and Cavello. Turn the corner at the bottom of Corsica and start to make your way up the east side you will again be spoilt by the choice of wonderful anchorages and spectacular scenery. Rondinara, Santa Giulia and Baie de Palombaggia to name just a few, before you arrive in the Golfe de Porto-Vecchio. A night here is a must, either at anchor or in port, before exploring the numerous secluded anchorages and maybe taking lunch at one of the many beach restaurants.
With its dramatic scenery and fascinating history, Corsica truly is a land full of character just waiting to be explored.
This blog was written by John Maschke
Senior Charter Broker Vogue Charters Limited
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