It is easy to see why Corscia is referred to as the ‘Île de beauté’. Magnificent medieval towns overlook the ocean against the backdrop of green hills and mountain ranges. There is a dramatic, rocky coastline full of hidden coves, grottoes and perfect beaches. Popular with the yachting set and elegant tourists, this French Mediterranean island has an air of low key sophistication.
Macinaggio is a typically lovely Corsican port town from which to begin your journey. From Macinaggio we suggest sailing to Saint-Florent, a small historic coastal town. The old quarter has narrow streets and some pleasant waterfront cafes and restaurants. From St Florent you can explore the nearby Patrimonio wine region, an area famous for making some of the best wines in Corsica. Take a tour of the vineyards and sample some delicious Nieluccio or Vermentino. Sailing west along the coast you will approach Calvi, and see the impressive Citadel overlooking the sea. There are chic cafes, restaurants and boutiques nestled in the medieval streets. The western coast of Corsica is characterized by jagged red cliffs and rock formations. Girolata is located in the Scandola Nature Reserve and is an incredibly scenic anchorage. There are plenty of grottoes, coves and sandy beaches to explore here by boat. Stopping at the seaside village of Cargese, there are some walking trails into the surrounding countryside. Next Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica and the birthplace of Napolean. The former Bonaparte residence has been turned into a museum. There are also some excellent restaurants in the city. Delightful beaches can be found around Propriano and Campomoro. From Propriano we suggest sailing to Bonifacio and taking in the exceptional scenery. There is a lot to explore in the city, and there are fantastic walking paths along the surrounding cliffs. Inland there are mountains, rivers and waterfalls to discover. Beaches can be found among the many coves and islets, and sailors often travel from Bonifacio to nearby Sardinia.
Corsica has a Mediterranean climate and the sailing season runs from May to October. During the summer months the wind generally blows at 3 - 4 Bft, but the Mistral and the Libeccio can create challenging conditions. There are plenty of harbors and anchorages, tides are low and currents are weak. However, sailors should be cautious of underwater rocks and always check the local weather forecast.
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