A Yacht in Corsica
Want to see Corsica on a yacht? Choose Corsica for an idyllic Mediterranean yacht charter. The mountainous island offers a wealth of historic sites, fine dining, sandy beaches and hiking.The Mediterranean yacht charter season has now arrived and we’re turning our attention to one of Europe’s best charter destinations: Corsica.
This mountainous island combines a wild unspoiled beauty with a sophistication embodied by its chic cafes, first-class restaurants and high-end boutiques. A Corsica yacht charter gives you a front row seat for an amazingly diverse natural landscape of dramatic limestone cliffs, evergreen forests, sandy coves and soaring peaks.
Situated on Corsica’s rugged western coastline, Ajaccio is famous for being Napoleon Bonaparte’s birthplace. It presides over a magnificent bay and combines the elements of a Riviera town with its palm trees, glamorous marina and distinguished squares. It’s a nice place to while away the hours in a street cafe, sipping cappuccinos and people-watching. Explore the ancient citadel and take in some of Italy’s finest paintings at the Fesch Museum, which was established by Napoleon I’s uncle, cardinal Joseph Fesch.
Further south along the west coast, Propriano is a must-see destination on any Corsica yacht charter. The beautiful fishing harbour was once frequented by ancient Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans until it became a popular target for pirate raids. It was redeveloped in the nineties and now the cobbled streets buzz with activity and authentic Corsican restaurants.
Although Corsica has been ruled by France for 250 years, it has more in common culturally with Italy. This is demonstrated in the labyrinthine streets of Bonifacio, which sits atop white cliffs overlooking the azure waters that separate it from nearby Sardinia. On clear days you can see its Italian neighbor from the Capo Pertusato Lighthouse, while a visit to its golden beaches will make you wonder if you are in the Caribbean. Drop anchor near the “Beach of the Small Sperone” and enjoy crystal clear waters in this idyllic cove.
Few can resist the town of Calvi, which is the hub of the north-western Balagne region, known as the “Garden of Corsica” for its fertile olive groves. It has an impressive 13th-century citadel and Quai Landry, the seafront walkway linking the marina, is brimming with cafes and restaurants. It’s an area of sandy coves and red granite rocks, which is favored by yacht rentals in Corsica. The sea around Calvi is wonderful for snorkeling and is close to the UNESCO marine site of Scandola where you can see dolphins and seals in the wild.
Porto Vecchio is a lively harbour town with an authentic old town and a sophisticated ambience. This is the place to come and stroll in the early evening, or just find a terrace cafe and watch the locals promenade instead. The bastion has a commanding view over the port below, but for even better views complemented by gourmet cuisine, make a reservation at the highly acclaimed U Santa Marina restaurant which overlooks the sea. The local vineyards are also justifiably popular, so make sure you visit a vineyard or sample the wine in a local restaurant at the very least.
Bastia and Cap Corse
Bastia is the old Genoese capital and gateway to Cap Corse, the wild north of the island. The gray sand Marana beaches lay on a long strip of lagoon just South of Bastia and are ideal for watersports. Birdwatchers and fishermen head to the Chiurlinu and Biguglia lakes where the fauna of the nature reserve is outstanding.
Further north, the scenic and rocky peninsula of Cap Corse points a finger towards Italy. A yacht rental in Corsica is not complete without visiting the Genoese watchtowers, fishing villages, local markets, quiet bays and picture postcard beaches of this region. Explore rocky outcrops and quaint fishing villages like Erbalunga, spot dolphins at Capandul Natural Reserve or hike the interior and enjoy jaw-dropping views from Monte Stello at 1,307 meters above sea level.
Chamberlain Yachts has a wide selection of yachts available for charter in Corsica. If you would like more information about yacht charters in Corsica or any of our other charter destinations, please contact them.