Two islands, perfectly in the center of the West Mediterranean, have to allure top-notch voyagers as their contiguous coastlines. On the coasts of Corsica and Sardinia you will find stylish beach clubs to equal those of Saint Tropez, shorelines as remarkable as Amalfi and offshore isles as empty as the Tuscan Archipelago. Culture, too, reflects mainland influences: Corsica, having been sold to Paris by Genoa in 1769 shows a level of French influence, not only in language but in addition in cuisine and Sardinia, Italy’s biggest island after Sicily, is popular with holidaying Italian celebs. But as much as mainland likenesses may be drawn, these islands are also separate and radically different in their culture, cuisine and landscape.
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Potter past Corsica’s wild west shoreline and watch, from the deck of your yacht, the spectacular red cliffs that make the cruise as exciting as the destination. Historical cliff-top towns and fishing villages that are pretty decorate the less remarkable portions of the shoreline, and make sure to see their local restaurants and try Corsica’s fabulous delicacies, such as suckling pig, wild boar, foie gras, endless cheeses and fresh daily catches. Cross the straights of its own deserted isles, and Bonifacio, and discover yourself in one of the most exclusive enclaves on the planet: the Costa Smeralda. This is yachting Mecca.
Sardinia has a number of the most spectacular shores you’ll see in Europe. The sand has the sea the bluest blue as well as that beautiful white colour that you can typically see in the Caribbean. Play castaway on the Golfo di Orosei’s coves, where steep cliffs sail to La Maddalena’s cluster of granite islands, or ensure seclusion. The isle is also a culinary heaven, with great varieties of pasta, bread and dolci, its own wines (Vermentino whites, Cannonau reds) and cheeses.
These diverse qualities and theatrical comparisons between the two isles make Sardinia and Corsica a yachting harbour and a vacation to remember. Hedonism, relaxation and sightseeing have been joined here into an unforgettable 10 days itinerary.
Arrive in Calvi, Corsica
Day 1: Calvi to Girolata
Day 2: From Girolata to Ajaccio
Day 3: From Ajaccio to Bonifacio
Day 4: From Bonifacio to Porto Vecchio
Day 5: Porto Vecchio to Maddalena Islands
Day 7: Baja Sardinia to Porto Rotondo
Day 8: Porto Rotondo to Cala Di Volpe / Porto Cervo
Day 9: Porto Cervo
Day 10: Disembark in Porto Cervo
These islands are hosts to a number of the very naturally stunning scenery in the Mediterranean.
A mountainous and wild place, Corsica’ s shoreline is uncrowded and broken with ancient, fortified hamlets, white sand beaches and rocky coves, and also your crew will make sure you experience the very best of it. Inquire any Frenchman about Corsica and he’ll get a misty look in his eyes! Known for its lushness and also the undeniable fact that it’s really untouched by the programmers, this is a place for those seeking the Mediterranean as it used to be; part of the coastline is nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sailing Corsica, you’ll reach the port of Calvi to begin your cruise in the “Ile de Beauté” an overnight passage. Instead, in the event that you prefer to embark and disembark in Corsica itself, there are regular flights from Nice and also a ferry service in addition to direct flights from London to Figari and Ajaccio.
A flight into Olbia, Sardinia will take you right to the center of the Costa Smeralda. Boarding at Porto Rotondo enables you to take in the incredible beaches around the Archipelago della Maddalena and Porto Cervo – known as the Polynesia of Italy for its crystal clear, turquoise waters. Nevertheless, it has to be said that Sardinia is pricey and the more quiet and more beautiful Corsican shore is favoured by many guests, so we normally recommend before making the short crossing to Corsica, taking in a number of the Archipelago. This brings you to the stunning islets of Cavallo and Lavezzi en route to Bonifacio with its brilliant citadel and takes just over an hour.
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7 Days Itinerary Yacht Charter Sardinia
Lunch on board before sailing in the Bay of St. Tropez.
Day 2: Arrive in Calvi early morning with a day to investigate the cobbled streets and citadel of this enchanting port and its incredible, four-mile long sandy shore.
Day 3: Calvi to Galeria, stopping along the way for swimming and lunch.
Day 4-6: Cruising in Piana Calanches region and the Cape Girolata, Cape Porto, nominated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding coastal and marine landscape. Visit the villages of Porto, Cargese and Piana, discover tranquil anchorages and explore hidden shores.
Day 7: Return from Piana to Port Grimaud.
Sail north into the La Maddelena National Park, a marine park scattered with islands and sandy beaches, including the famous pink beach “spiaggia rosa” on Budelli. Although there is a little overnighting price for the mooring buoys furnished by the park authority the seven main islands offer peaceful anchorages. Visit the delightful harbour at La Maddalena, a fishing village with harbour side restaurants, although in peak season the tiny harbour is extremely crowded.
Suggested Itinerary Yacht Charter Sardinia and Corsica:
Day 1: Board Golfo Aranci, in Porto Rotondo.
Day 2: Cruising the Archipelago della Maddalena, a collection of some sixty granite islands and islets, just three of which are inhabited.
Day 3: Sail into the astonishing port of Bonifacio, perched high on the clifftops and across to Corsica.
Day 5: Return southwards, sailing with their characteristic smooth granite boulders to the beautiful islands of Cavallo and Lavezzi.
Day 8: Return to Porto Rotondo for disembarkation.
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