During the summer season, Bonifacio in the south of Corsica is every sailor's nightmare. Everywhere the sea of yachts, which are crowded as they can, almost on top of each other, ferries and pleasure boats hum and rustle from early morning until late at night. All the time you need to let one of them pass, and all this jerking back and forth, noise and screams are maddening. So, very soon you start to wonder what you are doing there.
Baie de Figari anchorage - an oasis of tranquility in the south of Corsica during high season
In fact, during the low season, it is an exciting must-see for everyone. But this summer chaos may turn you off. Fortunately, if you happen to be here during the high season, a short walk just up the coast of southern Corsica will take you to Baie de Figari - a picturesque anchorage, which will seem to you an oasis of calm and tranquility after your stay in Bonifacio.
Baie de Figari, Corsica
The approach has rocks and reefs scattered around, but things are much simpler than the maps show. Now everything is fenced with buoys, so approaching the shore is even easier than in previous years, although it is worth thinking twice about entering the bay at night. At first glance, it appears that the bay is not so well protected from the prevailing winds that may swirl around to break into the outer anchorage. But in fact, the wind rarely blows with any force into this bay, and you can safely drop anchor.
Torre de Figari (Torre de Figari) on the western side of the bay is visible from afar. There are many small coves and caves, but many are now protected by swimming buoys. Even so, there is ample space for secure parking. The main thing is that you should leave the bay open, because a couple of years ago, a 170-foot superyacht that apparently did not find a place in Bonifacio, anchored here, and blocked the passage with its impressive size.
Baie de Figari, Corsica
There is a smooth sculptural rock in the bay, on which grows maquiswherever he can crawl between the stones. Napoleon always said that he knew exactly when he was a few miles from Corsica, because the sharp herbal scent of maquis was felt in the air. These rocks were formed by the action of the wind, they are similar to the giant figures of Henry Moore, but a little more abstract. And around these rocks is turquoise water that invites you to swim. Yes, this is a completely different place compared to Bonifacio.
Torre de Figari, Corsica
At the very end of the long bay there is a small yacht marina, which is well protected, and where there are usually places, moreover, with all the amenities. There you can stock up on basic provisions and several restaurants are open during the summer. If you are anchored, a local restaurateur on his boat goes out to the yachts and asks if you would like a pizza for dinner. It has a menu, so you can order any toppings and a bottle of wine for a good price with your pizza. This is definitely taking on new meaning for home delivery!
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