Corsica - Tips For A Sailing Holiday

By: D. Browall

Corsica is a French island situated in the Med close to the Italian island Sardinia. It is a favorite holiday destination for sailors from nearby countries, as well as the French. As with any destination in this region, it is ideal to visit Corsica outside of the peak holiday season, as you will struggle to get space, even at anchorages. June and September are probably the best months, with warmer water to be expected in September.
The scenery is beautiful, the sailing is great and the harbor life, a special experience, unlike anything in the Caribbean or Pacific islands.

One of the best things to love about Corsica is its Mediterranean weather. During summer, it can be quite hot and warm. In winter, the atmosphere turns mild and rainy. The vegetation provides life to the woodlands and forests of this small island. Down the slopes, meanwhile, you can take your pick among the different beaches that surround the area and the magnificent long coastline, making sailing in Corsica a favorable activity to do.

Take your yacht charter to the Gulf of Sagone. It's consists mainly of curvy sandy beaches that reach up to Capo di Feno and Punto di Cargese. You can then continue to Gulf of Liscia, which is filled with numerous historical sites such as the ruins of Castellu di Capraja or the 17th-century watchtowers of Genoa. When you're looking for some privacy in the gulf, you will not have a hard time looking for one. There will always be a good sheltered spot close to the beach. The gulf is also located near Cinarca, which is renowned for its wine production. You can also begin there for a little side trip to the towns of Calcataggio and Sari d'Orcino.

The Gulf of Porto, in the meantime, is part of the natural reserve of Corsica. It is also composed of the Scandola Peninsula. Besides sailing in Corsica, you may find bird watching to be an engaging activity to do here. Every year, different species of birds find their sanctuaries at the gulf, including cormorants, sea eagles, and seagulls. You can also take some boating trips during your vacation at the Scandola Reserve or the Calanques of Piana.

Bonifacio also gives a perfect venue for some cruising in Corsica. This quaint town gives shelter to numerous fishing ports and the sailing harbor. If you want to take some rest from sailing, you can go to the marina, high town, or the Citadel. You can also take a short history of its people form the Saint-Dominique Church or the Old Town. Moreover, you may want to purchase some excellent finds or have a meal at any of its neighboring towns, like the Pass of the Trinity and the Semaphore of Pertusato.

La Maddelana is an ideal last stop when you're in Corsica. It's an active business district, made up of shopping centers, bars, and restaurants. Via Garibaldi, meanwhile, has a lot of small hotels and inns that you can stay in. For safekeeping you can keep your boat at the Banchina Commerciale I.

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