Corsica is one of the most popular islands in the Mediterranean, located between the south of France, Sardinia, and the west coast of Italy. If you love France but want to escape the hustle and bustle of the French Riviera, then Corsica is the perfect opposite of the glamorous coastline. But this gem of the Mediterranean is more than just a place for nature lovers!
Everything you need to know about a charter around Corsica + food and wine
Corsica famous for its long and beautiful Mediterranean beaches, stunning clifftops, protected natural marine parks, beautiful bays and historic ports, not to mention the landscapes within the island - mountains, forests, rivers and waterfalls. And although Corsica belongs to France, Italian influence manifests itself here everywhere, both in the food and in the passionate personality of the locals. A picturesque island that has fascinated people for centuries, Corsica continues to be one of the most visited places in Mediterranean.
Where to go on a yacht?
The island is large enough to be here on a charter several times, but not so big that you can't get around Corsica in a two week cruise.
Northwest coast of Corsica
Ajaccio is the capital of Corsica and the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. Ajaccio is located on the west coast of Corsica and is attractive for its old town, cozy cafes and views of the magnificent bay. The city is located in one of the most beautiful bays in the world, surrounded on three sides by mountains that protect it and make it an excellent destination for charter cruises.
Port Ajaccio Tino Rossi Is a 300-boat yacht marina capable of accommodating superyachts up to 328 feet / 100 meters. It is a popular destination for superyacht owners and luxury charter organizations as the port's state-of-the-art facilities and services are designed to meet the needs of large vessels. The port of Ajaccio also has a large base of pleasure boats and a vibrant nightlife.
North of Ajaccio is one of the most beautiful bays in Corsica. Girolata - a beautiful fortified shelterfound at the southernmost end of the reserve Scandola (Scandola Nature Reserve)... It is one of the most emblematic places in Corsica and is often featured on the covers of many Corsica travel guides. A picturesque place with a small village on the peninsula, surrounded by the sea and towering high mountains from the famous red stone, creates an unforgettable experience. It is the perfect place to relax and anchor.
By itself nature reserve Scandola - a world heritage site, established in 1975. An extraordinarily spectacular place. Not accessible by car, only accessible on foot through very high mountains. And the best way to visit this stunning region is by boat! Striking rock formations emerge from the sea, creating idyllic landscapes along the coastline filled with jagged entrances and caves. Also, in the reserve Scandola colonies of seals and dolphins live.
Scandola Nature Reserve, Corsica
Porto, Ota, Corsica
Moving further north, be sure to visit Calvi... When you approach Calvi by boat, you are immediately struck by the beauty of this impressive port - a monumental 13th century citadel with three bastions and long ramparts, rugged mountains and magnificent pine forest, and along Landry embankment, between the port and the marina, there are many quiet places to eat and drink.
Port of Calvi Is one of the finest marinas in Corsica. It is worth noting that Calvi is one of the most popular destinations for a charter cruise in Corsica. It is a very modern tourist destination that nevertheless retains the typical atmosphere of antiquity.
L'Ile-Rousse (L'Île Rousse)
North-east of Calvi, located L'Ile-Rousse (Red Island), which was founded Pasquale Paoli in 1758, by a man who wanted to create a port not controlled by the Genoese. Well-designed streets lined with shops and restaurants attract tourists throughout the summer. In the city center is Piazza Paoli, which has a market and many sycamore trees that keep the area cool during the height of summer.
On the way to Saint Florent on the side of L'Ile-Rousse there is a beach of soft white sand Saleccia a kilometer long, with an impressive backdrop of high dunes. The town itself Saint-Florent is a stunning old fishing portsurrounded by breathtaking mountains. This is a great place to spend your morning or afternoon strolls in the narrow streets of the shops and stop by for a cup of coffee at one of the many cafes in the harbor around Places des Portes.
Port Saint-Florent Is one of the best yacht marinas in Corsica, located in a quiet bay. Saint Florent has been a port since the Middle Ages and its traditions have been well preserved over the centuries. The city was built around a 15th century Genoese citadel, which is used for various art exhibitions during the summer months. The port is located right at the base of the citadel, so you can easily reach all local attractions.
The ageless port and commercial center of Bastia on the northeast coast of Corsica, just below Cap of Corsica Is a bustling city with 40 thousand inhabitants. It can be prone to harsh winds and changing weather, but it boasts 340 days of sunshine a year regardless. The main attractions are places such as St. Nicholas, Terra Vecchia, the old quarter and Terra Nova, the area surrounding the Citadel.
Port of Bastia - a must visit if you are in Corsica. This beautiful port boasts a great historical heritage. Here you can also enjoy the views of the luxury yachts that come and go, sip a refreshing drink or dine on the terrace of a local restaurant, surrounded by a lively and joyful city atmosphere that will enchant you.
Book a place in Le Vieux Port de Bastia means getting quick and easy access to some of the city's most famous landmarks. For example, to the old port Port de toga, which is located between the Citadel and the square. This marina is fully equipped with all the amenities you could wish for. It is the ideal choice for a quiet and relaxing holiday surrounded by the picturesque Mediterranean landscape of Bastia.
Southeast coast of Corsica
Propriano - fishing harborhidden in natural narrowness. Most of the buildings in Propriano date back to the early 19th century, when the port was built and most of the city was built. Historical heritage Propriano boasts amazing architecture and ancient ruins. Propriano's most popular attraction is the impressive church Notre Dame de la Misericord, which proudly rises above the city center.
Known for its luxury yachts and pleasure boats of all sizes, Port of Propriano offers its guests first-class service and genuine hospitality. Its natural harbor was once heavily visited by the ancient Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans. Propriano is a thriving tourist town and port close to some of the most beautiful beaches, including Plage du Lido.
Port of Propriano, Corsica
Probably, the most famous place in Corsica, the southern town of Bonifacio Is a narrow white limestone peninsula ideal for those looking for a picturesque anchorage. The winding streets of Genoese architecture and towering sheer cliffs are Bonifacio's urban aesthetics, and its natural port offers a variety of restaurants and shops for entertainment as in summer Bonifacio is visited by yachts from all over the Mediterranean... In addition, Bonifacio is an ancient settlement with many historical sites that are highly valued by tourists. No wonder this is the hot spot of Corsica!
Port of Bonifacio located in a privileged area and considered the best choice for discerning tourists looking for variety. The port's wide range of amenities and 170 available yacht berths meet the highest expectations in Corsica. The Marina is open all year round as it offers a safe shelter from the wind in its natural environment, and the peak season is August.
Closest to SardiniaBonifacio is also an ideal base from which to explore the Italian island and beautiful national park. La Maddalena, which is close to the famous Porto Cervo... The unspoiled national park consists of 7 main islands and numerous small islets. The crystal clear waters of La Maddalena are a great place to snorkel during the day or to explore the beautiful beaches that can only be reached by yacht. The best ones are Spiaggia rosa or Pink of budelli, whose exclusive pink sands of crushed coral make them the pearl of Maddalena.
Advancing to the south along the strait Bonifacio, it is impossible to miss the mysterious island of Cavallo with a small, cozy marina from where you can sail north to explore the east coast of Corsica, or south to visit Sardinia, or straight east across the Tyrrhenian Sea to Rome and Naples. The port is located in a nature reserve, surrounded by crystal clear waters and protected by impressive cliffs. It offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. Kavalo usually chosen for its great location and quiet atmosphere. This island has everything you need for a truly relaxing holiday, but also any kind of water sports and entertainment is available here if desired.
Oriental Porto-Vecchio located next to the most beautiful beaches in the south of Corsica, the most famous of which Palombaggia... It is often called the "city of salt" because it was built on arid salt marshes. The city is located in the southern part of the island and is a popular destination for yachting and history buffs. The most remarkable part of the city is the old district, which stretches around Republic Square. The ruins of the Citadel offer a scenic view that enhances the tranquil and romantic atmosphere Porto-Vecchio... As in any old city, tourism with good infrastructure flourishes in this place.
Port de Porto-Vecchio located about 2 km from the city center, easily reachable on foot. It is a beautiful port nestled between mountains and crystal clear waters. It is a charming place and also a great base from which to explore the neighboring islands and wildlife of Corsica.
North of Porto Vecchio, on the east coast of Corsica in the city Sari-Solentsara Marina is located Port de plaisance... Booking a spot at this marina will provide quick access to both the Italian and French coasts. With a modern and well-equipped shipyard and 450 yacht berths of various sizes, this marina is ready to meet the needs of any boat.
The city itself is known among yachtsmen not only for its natural beauty. Its beautiful and varied landscape ranges from gorgeous secluded beaches to waterfalls and majestic cliffs. Some of the most famous landmarks in the area include the canyon, the Solenets River gorges, Anse de Favone beach and Canella beach.
How to get to Corsica
Of course, the best way to get to Corsica is by boat. You can get to the island from the mainland France - a day sailing or 3-4 hours on a motor yacht with French Riviera... It is easily accessible by ferry or plane from all major French airports. Corsica is also close to Tuscany and within easy reach of Tuscan archipelago.
Corsica almost touches La Maddalena and Sardinia in the south, and the two islands often merge on charter routes, allowing for a comparison of the French and Italian Mediterranean islands' approach to life and relaxation.
Corsica climate and weather
Coastal areas of Corsica have Mediterranean climate - with temperatures from 12 ° C in winter to 28 ° C in summer. There is very little rainfall during the summer, making the island ideal for a cruise. The prevailing winds are southwest, west and northwest.
The climate changes significantly the higher you go up - at an altitude of 1500 meters, the island becomes alpineand the peaks are often covered with snow. Because of the mountains, the island has many different microclimates, and the north is generally hotter than the south.
Food and wine in Corsica
The highlands of Corsica are key to understanding the island's culinary tastes. Green pastures provide an ideal environment for raising sheep, while wooded hillsides with an endless supply of chestnuts attract pigs and wild boars. Trout is found in rivers with clear water, bees thrive in vast flower fields, and mushrooms bring the bounty of autumn.
Corsican food comes fully from its fishing and agricultural historyas well as the abundance of olive trees and other Mediterranean natural gifts. Local herbssuch as thyme, basil, fennel and rosemary, aromatic maquis give Corsican cuisine a unique flavor.
To get to know the cuisine of Corsica means to embark on a journey through the authenticity and traditions of the island, as the recipes here are passed down from generation to generation.
In the mountains of Corsica vines, olive and chestnut trees create a unique landscape. Corsica is famous for its olive oil, herbs, forest honey and chestnut flour, ingredients that serve as the basis for many local dishes. Influence of Italy manifests itself not only in the production of sausages and cheeses, but also with regard to pasta. Here they cook ravioli, cannelloni and gnocchiserved with various sauces and cheeses.
On any self-respecting Corsican table, pride is given sheep and goat cheese and sausages... To get a complete picture of Corsican cheese, visit the cheese fair A Fiera di U Casgiu in Venaco, which is held in May.
The most famous Corsican cheese is brocciu, a fresh soft sheep's or goat's cheese with a milk and whey base, lactose-free, similar to ricotta. You can find it in many famous regional dishes, from snacks to sweet treats.
Tommette de Chèvre - strong goat milk cheese with full flavor.
Niulincu Is a soft spicy cheese produced in central Corsica.
Corsu vecchiu - semi-hard cheese made from sheep's milk.
Casgiu merzu - the Corsican version of the famous Sardinian "rotting cheese" Casu Marzu, complete with insect larvae. For real gourmets only!
Before moving on to the typical dishes that you will find on the menu of any restaurant, it should be specially noted chestnuts... During the Genoese era (12-18th century), extensive chestnut forests were planted on the island as an alternative to crops that were difficult to grow. Chestnuts are high in calories and can be dried and ground. From chestnut flour prepare dishes such as Pulenta (chestnut flour pie), Fritelli Castagnini (chestnut flour pancakes), Maccaredda (pancakes with bacon) and cakes of all shapes and sizes. There are even two annual festivals in Corsica dedicated to the mighty chestnut tree.
Like an island Corsica abounds in fresh and delicious seafood. In any restaurant and market, you will find a lot of fresh red mullet, sea bream, anchovies, sardines and langoustines, from local river fish - trout and eel... The East Coast is also a major producer oysters.
Prepare your taste buds for this magnificence!
Perhaps the main Corsican delicacies are pork sausages.... Made in the mountains in the heart of the island, sausages are an integral part of the Corsican culinary heritage. Production is mainly concentrated from native pig species known as Cochon nustralegrown in a semi-free environment and fed on a sustainable diet of chestnuts, acorns and local roots.
Signature product of Corsica, Figatellu - It is a smoked, dried pork liver sausage that is often grilled or added to lentil soup to add a bit of thickness. Should not be eaten in summer.
Coppa or Capicollu - Italian classic from the neck.
Lonzu - salted, smoked and pepper fillet of pork.
And, what cannot be missed Prisuttu - Corsican-style cured ham aged for at least 12 months, eaten with figs.
Corsicans love soups and stews, and depending on the time of year, many menus will include Zuppa corsa (vegetable minestrone in shank broth), Civet de sanglier (a thick stew of wild boar, vegetables, chestnuts, red wine, and fennel), a slow-braised stew of veal, olives, tomatoes, herbs, and white or rosé wine, and a stew, usually roasted lamb with garlic and rosemary.
A very important product of Corsica is a fine rosé and dry white wine. The Greeks brought the vine to Corsica about 2,500 years ago, and since then Corsican wines are highly prized. Corsica owes part of this success to the climate: almost 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, the soil is especially suitable for vines, very rare frosts, early spring and beautiful summer. But it is also the fruit of the efforts of winemakers who have fought for quality for years. The pride of the Corsican vineyards (about 8000 hectares) are three dozen typical grape varieties, among which Sciacarellu, Niellucciu and Vermentinu are the best representatives. The most famous are the wines Patrimoniowhich are produced near Saint-Florent and Ajaccio wines.
Feel free to knock on wine cellar doors. Corsican winemakers will be delighted to present their products to you.
Besides grape wines and local vodka AcquavitaCorsica also produces myrtle liquor, liqueur from zedrat, strawberry, berry ratafia, as well as orange, peach and nut wine... Relatively recently appeared corsican beer, which can only be mastered by local residents. It is made from malt and chestnut flour and has a soft texture and slight bitterness. And those looking to stay sober should try the iron-rich soda mineral water from sources in Orezza.
And of course, how can it be without desserts! Be sure to try Fiadone Is a Corsican version of cheesecake, based on broccio cheese and lemon zest. And also, Canistrellis, sweet dry biscuits with lemon, anise, chestnut and wine. And in general, try everything that has chestnut flour, from cakes to gingerbread. And that is not all. Corsica produces delicious jam fig and Corsican clementine, poppy seed honey with caramel flavor and chestnut honey.
Such a small island and so many flavors!
Planning your charter in Corsica is very important. Firstly, it is necessary to book the yacht and places in the marinas in advance, due to the increased demand. Secondly, the number of places to see, and how much food and wine to try ... - this requires an even more careful approach.
Interparus Yachting will help you organize an unforgettable sailing trip around Corsica. We know everything about Corsica, and we won't let anything be missed. Our skippers passed the island from A to Z. Call now +33644142168 WhatsApp, Alexander
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