"By the scent of its vegetation, from a distance and with my eyes closed, I would recognize Corsica."
Catamaran charter in Corsica
A catamaran vacation in Corsica is an ideal choice for those who prefer independent, human-scale tourism. For here there is no trace of mega hotels and super-crowded beaches, but rather a great respect for nature and local culture. You will discover a fabulous sea in bays shrouded in green Mediterranean scrub and some of the most characteristic marinas in the world, where history and culture can be felt at every step.
What strikes the eye as soon as one sets course for Corsica is the spectacular cliffs that plunge headlong into the sea, an almost Anglo-Saxon setting. In Cape Pertusato, the southernmost point of the island, dotted by a series of beautiful caves and cenotes known only to local sailors.
The gateway to this beautiful land is Bonifacio (1), a unique place in the world thanks to its peculiar conformation: the harbor where we moor the catamaran is situated within a long fjord, while the village stretches vertically up to the overhang of the steep limestone cliff.
The marina area is full of restaurants and clubs, perfect for those looking for a frenetic nightlife; the old town has paved alleyways with millennia-old charm and boutique eateries on every corner and offers views as far as the eye can see to the islands of La Maddalena. Speaking of handicrafts, you can't go home without a beautiful knife from the pastoral tradition, or a piece of jewelry carved from sea coral.
Crossing the mythical Strait of Bonifacio is an experience that cannot be missed in every sailor's resume. Wind conditions are often favorable for hoisting sails and gliding through the waves, with a jolt to the soul that cannot be conveyed in words. This channel between Sardinia and Corsica is home to three main islets that are part of an integral nature reserve.
The Island of Lavezzi (2) is completely wild, except for a tiny cemetery for the shipwreckers of a merchant ship, the Semillante, which tragically sank in the surrounding rocks in the 1700s. The surface is barren and crisscrossed by tiny paths winding through the Mediterranean scrub, soaking in the peace of the island. We will anchor the catamaran at Cala Giunco whose seabed teeming with fish is prized by snorkelers.
The Island of Cavallo (3), with its charming seaside villas, is especially popular with VIPs. No vehicles circulate in the village, adding to its charming atmosphere. In Cala di Zeri a majestic bay dotted with reefs and sandy areas awaits you.
Finally, we will visit Isola Piana (4) where the color of the sea rivals that of the Maldives. Credit is due to a long sandy shallow that connects the island to the mainland and gifts the water its dazzling blue.
Corsica's west coast, little traveled by boats even in the high season, is the most suitable vacation spot for lovers of unspoiled nature and nights at anchorage under the stars.
We will be able to anchor in dozens of deserted coves, including the Anse di Stagnolu, from which to enjoy fiery sunsets over the open sea, the iconic Bay of Roccapina (5), in which the rocks seem to draw profiles of exotic animals, and the Plage d'Argent, with its very fine, almost intangible sand.
The route pushes north to the port of Propriano (6), the first town after many miles of wonderful wild coastline. The hamlet is perfect to refuel the boat and to stretch your legs, strolling along the scenic waterfront.
The east coast, on the other hand, provides countless bays sheltered from the Mistral, and is dotted with wide bays with turquoise water.
A catamaran vacation in Corsica is not complete without a stop in the Gulf of Rondinara (8), a perfectly circular bay with fine sand and a nice restaurant right on the beach. We will anchor in the famous Beach of Santa Giulia (9), enclosed between a coastal pond and the crystal-clear water of the bay, and below the cliffs of Cape Blanc in Sant'Amanza, sheltered in any weather and sea conditions.
We will make stops for a swim at Porto Novo, a wild cove full of sea urchins for a delicious appetizer aboard the catamaran, or in Palombaggia, a very long white beach protected by a verdant pine forest.
Finally, we will spin anchor in the giant Bay of San Cipriano (10), very shallow in the most turquoise water on the island (be careful not to jump headfirst!).
The last stop of our catamaran cruise in Corsica is in Porto Vecchio (11), a maze of 18th-century alleyways where you can enjoy a dinner of delicious local specialties, including the not-to-be-missed wild boar stew or mussels au gratin a la Bonifacienne.
Catamarans for charter in Corsica
The following catamarans are available for your boating vacations in southern Corsica:
Catamaran charter info in Corsica
- When: May to October.
- Catamarans: Lagoon 40, Lagoon 400 S2, Lagoon 42, Lagoon 450 F.
- Prices: Pricelist
- Where: Check-in and check-out in northern Sardinia, Corsica is just a three-hour boat ride away.
- Duration: 7 nights, embarking on Saturday at 6 p.m., returning to base by 6 p.m. on Friday and disembarking the following Saturday at 9 a.m.
- Crew: Possibility of chartering the catamaran in Corsica with a skipper and hostess or in bareboat.
- Reservations: email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the number +39 347 949 8966 (Luca)
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