West Coast of Corsica Part 1.

Broker Cordy gives an insight into her time working onboard Megayachts

One of my favorite places to cruise when I worked onboard mega yachts (Giga yachts weren’t around then!) was the stunning West coastline of Corsica. I was fortunate to work for a wonderful English family who adored this area, so it is where we spent the majority of the summer. On a displacement yacht cruising at around 12knots, the journey from Cannes to St Florent is around 10 hours which can normally be achieved overnight. So, if you are on the French Riviera and fancy something a little different, why not enjoy a wonderful dinner on board anchored at the Iles des Lerins, Cannes, and then start your journey after this. Be sure to ask the crew to wake you up at dawn to dolphin watch! One of the most amazing experiences at sea.

Arriving in St Florent is stunning, this pretty little fishing port has a host of local restaurants and bars huddled around the marina. Restaurant de l’Europe and Le Grill are perfect places to sit in the sun and watch the world go by!

Having relaxed in the sun, head one street back to the old town full of independent shops selling local charcuterie and souvenirs. Keep heading up and you will reach the citadel, steps from the citadel car park lead down to a small beach. The stunning cathedral de Nebbio is found on the other side of the town on the Chemin de la Cathedrale and is most definitely worth a visit.

For the more energetic persons amongst your group, Le Roya Beach can be found to the southeast of the town offering water sports including windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, jet skis and scuba diving! There really is something for everyone!

Heading west from St Florent is the beautiful town of Calvi. Coming into port you have an incredible view of the citadel, once docked, it is definitely worth climbing up the cobbled streets for breathtaking panoramic views of your surroundings. There are some great restaurants up here as well as the voguish Chez Tao bar!

Once you have soaked up the incredible views, wander around the shops through the old cobbled streets of the town. The marché de l’Orée des Pins is full of local charcuterie, grapes, cheeses, and amazing pastries!

Around the corner, further West from Calvi is possibly the most beautiful spot in the Med! Girolata is a fortified bay at the south of the Scandola Nature Reserve. The setting is spectacular, with the village perched on the peninsula and surrounded by the sea and the famous red rock mountains of this area.  This bay is a wonderful place to anchor and swim ashore to the beautiful beach.

Further south in the Scandola National Park is the bay of Porto where you can find a pretty little village and see more of the stunning Calanques de Piana rock formations.

Having enjoyed the National Park, further south again you will find Ajaccio, famous for being the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte! You can visit the Maison Bonaparte, now a national museum, the ancestral home of the Bonaparte family, to discover more about his life. Ajaccio’s charming old town is a great place to amble and enjoy the beautiful architectural features and stunning landmarks such as the Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption.

The pretty port of Ajaccio is adorned with bars and restaurants serving seafood and pizzas. The perfect place to soak up the atmosphere and admire the view!

Contact Cordy at Boatbookings to plan your Corsican adventure and please keep reading the blog for part 2 of the West Coast of Corsica!

l’Ile de Bareboat

The French call it l’Ile de Beauté (the beautiful island) and although this is an obvious choice of moniker it is also an accurate one. Its geographical position and varied landscape make it an ideal destination to bareboat charter Corsica. Corsica lies alongside the west, Tuscan coast of Italy, 200 km south of mainland France and just above the Italian island of Sardinia. What better playground for a holiday on a bareboat?

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Pig Out in Corsica!

Corsica is an utterly charming destination, where you can experience a mix of French and Italian culture, cuisine, and captivating scenery. The best of both worlds is now at your disposal! Sail around the coast, stopping off at enchanting towns or secluded coves that catch your eye during your yacht charter Corsica is full of towns that boast different attributes and serve different purposes, so you can get a combination of wonderful activities and the optimum charter experience!

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Your Mediterranean Mecca Awaits You in Girolata — a Corsican Paradise!

One of the most beautiful bays in Corsica is Girolata, a beautiful fortified sanctuary found at the southernmost end of the Scandola Nature Reserve. It is one of the emblematic destinations of Corsica, often seen on the cover of many Corsica guide books. The dramatic setting, with the small village on a peninsula surrounded by the sea and running up the high mountains in the famous red rock of the region, make for a very impressive and scenic location.  It is the perfect place to relax and unwind on anchor during your holiday!

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Charter luxury motor yacht SASCHA from Sardinia to Corsica!

At Boatbookings we think  Sardinia and  Corsica are two of the most beautiful and underrated cruising areas in the Mediterranean, read on to find out how to combine the two islands into a week long charter of a lifetime on board a luxury motor yacht  SASCHAcurrently including VAT on charters booked before 31st March!

SASCHA is a beautiful Dominator 780, perfect for families.
SASCHA is a beautiful Dominator 780, perfect for families.

Getting to Sardinia is easy. Fly directly to Olbia International Airport and just 20 minutes after leaving the arrivals you’ll be sipping a well deserved cocktail on SASCHA’S aft deck, served to you by the excellent crew who will remain at your complete disposal for the rest of the week guiding you safely from port to port in total comfort and providing exquisite food along the way!

Enjoy a drink or soak up the sun on the fore deck.
Enjoy a drink or soak up the sun on the fore deck.

Once settled, cruise out of Olbia and enjoy your first views from SASCHA’S luxurious flybridge of the beautiful Costa Smeralda, characterised by stunning rock formations, idyllic coves and crystal clear turquoise waters. After a relaxing cruise why not dock into Porto Rotondo a beautiful port and village surrounded by luscious Mediterranean vegetation and overlooking the emerald coloured sea.

Sardinia's spectacular coastline!
Sardinia’s spectacular coastline!

The next stop off on your charter should be Porto Cervo. A famous hang out of the rich and famous, a place for film stars and sports stars to come together often arriving on some of the finest Super Yachts, much like the glamorous towns of Cannes and St Tropez on the French Riviera. Porto Cervo is a place for partying the night away in chic bars before returning to your yacht for a day of recovery and relaxation!

Porto Cervo is one of the Mediterranean's top night spots.
Porto Cervo is one of the Mediterranean’s top night spots.

Continuing to cruise north you’ll come across the beautiful island archipelago of La Maddalena, until recently not open to tourists these beautiful islands remain one of the few relatively ‘untouched’ parts of the Mediterranean. The waters around the island and famed for their cleanliness. Spend a quiet night or two moored off the islands or in La Maddalena harbour before setting off for Corsica the next day!

Crystal clear waters surround La Maddalena
Crystal clear waters surround La Maddalena

After leaving La Maddalena and Sardinia within a matter of a few hours you will arrive in Southern Corsica docking in Bonifacio on the southern tip of the island. Why not go ashore and explore the town and sample some delicious local food and take an opportunity to practice your French – just try and remember to say ‘Merci’ and not ‘Grazie’ at least!

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Some spectacular Corsican coastline!

From Bonifacio cruise north up the eastern coast of Corsica stopping as you go to enjoy coves and islands  before arriving in Porto Vecchio where sadly it will be time to say good by to your crew and yacht before flying out of one of Corsica’s International airports.

Porto Vecchio a picturesque port with plenty of old fashioned charm
Porto Vecchio is a picturesque port with plenty of old fashioned charm

Get in touch today and talk to one of our experts about a charter just like this one, or something completely different anywhere in the world!

The Best of Both Worlds – Part 2

Following our blog “The Best of Both Worlds – Part 1” we bring you The Best of Both Worlds Part 2 with another incredible vacation experience, this time the ultimate in the world of private chartering.

WILJIM

We’ve just heard from the owners of WILJIM that they’re offering a fantastic private charter experience between Corsica and the French Riviera. The owner is keen on beautiful engineering and as well as his passion for beautiful motor yachts, he also has a passion for private air travel. For our valued charter guests this year he will offer an unforgettable trip incorporating private jet transfer, of which just the fuel is payable, and a one-way trip between Corsica and the French Riviera with no re-location fees!

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As well as this, WILJIM is offering incredible charter value for 6 sleeping guests at €3,500 per day, €9,300 for a long weekend or €21,700 per week. She’s a gorgeous Azimut 62E with the all-important addition of a flybridge for taking in mesmerising coastal views.

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Step onboard an take advantage of this incredible offer in both July and September, so whenever you’re looking to indulge we have the package for you!