Northern Corsica - Discover Ajaccio, Cargèse, Girolata, Calvi, la Revellata and Sargone
Day 1: Ajaccio | Day 2: Cargèse | Day 3: Girolata | Day 4: Calvi | Day 5 - Revellata | Day 6: Capo Rosso | Day 7: Sagone | Day 8: Ajaccio
Corsica is a beautiful island in the Mediterranean nestled between the South of France and Sardinia. If you love France but want a change of scenery from the hustle and bustle of the Riviera, Corsica is the perfect alternative to the glam Riviera. Corsica is home to some of the longest stretches and most beautiful beaches in the Med, stunning cliff tops, protected natural marine parks, beautiful bays and historical ports, not to mention the dramatic inland mountains, forests, rivers and waterfalls. The Italian influence is apparent in the food and the passionate personality of the locals, with the French charm still being retained.
Day 1: Ajaccio
Spend day one aboard your yacht getting accustomed to life on the water - explore the surrounding areas, anchoring at small inlets and coves. Stopping at Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, take the opportunity to relax on Tahiti or Palm beach and grab a bite to eat at one of the paillotes dotted along the beachfront. Stroll along the boulevard Lanvity in the early evening, stopping at one of the atmospheric bars lining the street for a sundowner! Dine at Le Bilboq for a delectable meal of grilled lobster with spaghetti for the perfect end to the first day of your holiday!
Day 2: Cargèse
Embarking from Ajaccio in the morning, venture along the coast to Cargèse, where intricate rock formations and tall mountains of lush greenery will greet you. Weave in and out of the coves as you explore this part of the coast, stopping at a sandy beach for a swim and a sunbathe in the afternoon sun! In the evening, head up to the Bel'mare Hotel for a glass of Corsican wine on the balcony as you watch the sunset. Wind your way through the whitewashed houses and many churches before having dinner aboard your yacht, or going to the restaurant A Volta for a meal overlooking the sea.
Day 3: Golfe de Porto and Girolata
On Day three, cruise to the small natural harbour of Girolata along the Golfe de Porto; the dramatic scenery makes this little village surrounded by the sea truly special. Being a part of the Scandola Nature Reserve, this is an area of outstanding natural beauty with a rich variety of wildlife and exceptionally clear blue waters. There are established groups of dolphins and seals that inhabit the area, so try and see if you can spot these as well as a myriad of seabirds that call the Golfe their home. Dine aboard your yacht for a tranquil meal as the sun sets over the horizon.
Day 4: Calvi
After a leisurely breakfast, continue onto Calvi; this town is reminiscent of the French Riviera with its upmarket brasseries and a crescent-shaped harbour filled with beautiful yachts, however, retains its Italian flare with a seafront lined with apricot houses and historic citadel. Wander the streets and stock up for a picnic lunch after stopping by the deli Annie Traiteur; their selection of Corsican wines, charcuterie, jams and liqueurs are delicious! If you are feeling active, hike up to the citadel in the cooler temperatures of the early evening to see the wraparound views of the sea. Enjoy some classic French cuisine at Le Padula, a restaurant that sits directly on the beach - their fresh calamari is sure to be a hit.
Day 5: Golfe de la Revellata
Moving on to the Golfe de la Revellata, take the opportunity to try out the water toys on board your yacht or take a swim in the gleaming turquoise waters. Peer out at the lighthouse of the Revellata that towers above the sea as you enjoy a laid-back lunch on your aft deck. Explore the cave of the Marine Calves in the afternoon; located on the west side of the Revellata point, these caves are 30 metres high and 200 metres in length, which is very unusual for the Mediterranean!
Day 6: Capo Rosso and Cala di Palù
On the sixth day of your charter, proceed towards Capo Rosso and Cala di Palù where stone totems appear to have risen out of the sea. Diving in this area is a popular activity, so try a to find a local dive school to explore the depths if this is something you'd like to try! The Hotel des Roches Rouges has a restaurant with a 1920s feel and a veranda overlooking the sea, making it the perfect spot for a delightful dinner with a backdrop of a sanguine sunset.
Day 7: Bay of Sagone
The Bay of Sagone is dotted with many coves for exploring as well as secluded sandy beaches - such as the 800-metre wide Chiumi beach - to soak up the sun and relax with family and friends. Watersports are very popular here, so try out the water toys on board or even try your hand at windsurfing! Make the most of the final afternoon and evening aboard your yacht by dining on the deck and toasting to a truly unforgettable holiday.