Corsica, in the Mediterranean Sea, is the largest French island and it has a fantastic natural wealth, both on the coast and on the mountainous inland. From BoatBureau we suggest you a 7-day sailing itinerary for Corsica for you to enjoy its marine face but also for, if you want, go into the mainland. Boat charters in Calvi are perfect for the beginning of this route, but the huge number of marinas of this island (Ajaccio, Bonifacio, Bastia or Porto Vecchio) and the four airports also allow you to discover this retreat of southern France at your leisure.
Both the island of Corsica and Sardinia, south, are Mediterranean destinations really frequented all year, but especially in summer, during July and August. Therefore it is desirable to plan the trip in advance and, if possible, book moorings in port. But luckily, this is an island with long coastlines that allows you navigate with ease and choose from countless places to anchor and enjoy the sea.
Wind and weather
The best time to navigate Corsica is between May and October, as there are more hours of sunshine, up to 13 a day, and almost no rain. In summer, the wind blows more strongly in the northern and southern corners of the island. Bonifacio area is windy approximately half year, so it is ideal for surfers. But in winter navigation is much more uncomfortable, with strong winds Mistral (northwest) and lower temperatures.
Itinerary: Calvi – Bonifacio (7 days / 124 NM or 162 NM)
Day 1 Calvi – Girolata (24 NM)
We start our sailing itinerary for Corsica in Calvi, northwest, and we will head south. While navigating we can see the Scandola Nature Reserve, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is a unique place of ocher cliffs crowned with vegetation. We will finish the day at Girolata, a small fishermen town, unique since it is the only one accessible just from the sea, without any roads.
Day 2 Girolata – Cargèse (17 NM)
We keep going south and after surpassing the Gulf of Porto we will find the Cala di Palu, with sheltered and calm waters ideal for a bath. We will continue to stay the night in Cargèse, where you can visit its churches and stroll through its streets and go shopping in the market.
Day 3 Cargèse – Ajaccio (26 NM)
We will head to the capital of Corsica, Ajaccio. A little less than halfway, the Gulf of Sagone is ideal for spend time enjoying the beaches. Shortly before arriving to Ajaccio on our sailing itinerary for Corsica, we will surpass the archipelago of Sanguinaires. Sang is the French for ‘Blood’ and some say that it is named after the reddish color of the rocks at sunset, or after the vegetation that gives it its characteristic color.
Day 4 Ajaccio (0 NM or 23 NM)
Time to enjoy Ajaccio, the city that gave birth to Napoleon Bonaparte. If we like, we can disembark and enjoy the Corsican capital. This is the ideal day place go to into mainland and savor the Corsican cuisine, which include lunchmeat, cheeses and chestnuts. Do not miss one of the lush wild boar stews we suggest. Or if you like, you can sail a few miles to relax in sunny beaches.
Day 5 Ajaccio – Propriano (25 NM)
We keep going south to Propriano. This city is one of the most exclusive in the island and it is quite crowded during vacation months. And it makes perfect sense thanks to its admirable architecture and excellent beaches where sunbathing, swimming or diving.
Day 6 Propriano – Bonifacio (32 NM)
A day to admire the natural beauty of the island, essential in a sailing itinerary for Corsica. On our way we will find impressive cliffs, crowned by vegetation, lighthouses and small towns. The most special moment of the day will be the arrival to Bonifacio, a defiant city watching us from the top of the rocks.
Day 7 Bonifacio (0 NM or 15 NM)
The last day can be a day to enjoy the city of Bonifacio, which offers fortifications, palaces and other historical wealth. From there we can see the outline of the neighboring island of Sardinia in the distance. But if we like to stay in sea, we can also approach the Lavezzi Islands or practice diving in the Natural Reserve of the Bouches de Bonifacio.
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