Yacht Charter Corsica
What to expect
The minute you set foot on Corsica, the island’s fragrant maquis shrubland will greet you with a pleasant aroma. It has been nicknamed “The Scented Isle” by locals and visitors alike, and it is a nature lover’s paradise, offering a diverse range of activities and sights to explore.
From golfing to hiking the GR20, one of Europe’s most challenging and most magical hiking trails, and snorkeling along the 1000 km shoreline, Corsica is a rich tapestry of adventure and breathtaking beauty.
Basking in the warm and inviting climate of the Mediterranean sea, Corsica combines Italian charm with French sophistication, creating a unique cultural blend to the island. Halfway between Nice and Grosseto, Corsica’s history is as rich as its cuisine. You can taste the Brocciu cheese, Civet de Sanglier (wild boar), finish off with Fiadone (a local cheesecake made of sheep and goat milk cheese), and sip on Nielluccio wine.
It is the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, and a visit to his ancestral home in Ajaccio will take you on a trip back in history to the island’s turbulent past. From the prehistoric sites of Filitosa, the Medieval citadel of Calvi, and the Roman ruins at Aleria, Corsica has many secrets to reveal.
It’s no wonder that so many people fall head over heels in love with Corsica’s allure, which has inspired countless stories of passion and romance.
7 Day Yacht Charter Itinerary in Corsica
A fantastic location to traverse around in a luxury yacht on a laid-back 7-day itinerary, kissed by the delicate sun and charmed by the otherworldly air that’s beyond anything you have ever experienced before. Take a round trip starting from Ajaccio on the west towards the north and then east.
Famous Charter Areas and Locations
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On the southernmost tip of Corsica, you’ll find Bonifacio, a small seaside town with narrow cobbled streets and colorful houses. The town of Bonifacio sits on a rugged cliff overlooking the Lavezzi islands, and its dramatic position is reminiscent of a castle from some fabled world. The old town is full of cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy fresh grilled fish, slow-cooked Veau aux olive (lamb with olives), and the famous Bouillabaisse fish soup.
In the 12th century, the Genoans captured Bonifacio. They massacred its inhabitants, replacing them with Ligurian families who were offered exemptions from tax and customs in Genoan ports as an enticement to live in the town. This is why you’ll find a dialect based on Ligurian Italian still spoken there today. You can visit the Citadelle de Bonifacio, an impressive fortress that dates back to the 12th century and offers incredible views of its surroundings as well as a glimpse into the rich history of Corsica.
Not to be missed is the King of Aragon’s Stairway, an adventure for young and old hearts alike. The legend goes that it was carved by hand into limestone overnight by the King of Aragon’s troops in 1420. In truth, it was built to access the Saint-Barthélemy well, a freshwater source that is no longer in use and is now closed.
As you descend the 189 irregular steps, you’ll be awestruck by the stunning views of the sea, Sardinia, and the cliffs from a 180-degree angle. At the bottom, you’ll be just a few meters above the sea on a path carved into the cliff, surrounded by turquoise-blue water.
To cool off, head to Plage des Trois Pointes, an impressive beach surrounded by tall limestone cliffs and clear waters perfect for cliff jumping and snorkeling.
Gulf of Porto
The Gulf of Porto is one of Corsica’s most beautiful natural sites, located in the western part of the island. It is known for its turquoise waters, rugged coastline, lush vegetation, and rich biodiversity. All 450 species of marine algae found in the Mediterranean can be seen in the waters surrounding the Gulf of Porto.
The highlight of the Gulf of Porto is the Calanques de Piana. This stunning, jugged red and orange rock formation has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including other sites in the Scandola Nature Reserve. The Calanches are best viewed from the water, so you’ll have a spectacular experience aboard a yacht.
Ficajola beach is a hidden gem in the Gulf of Porto worth exploring. This serene and secluded beach is surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters and towering cliffs, offering breathtaking views. With limited development, Ficajola remains unspoiled, so you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of nature in its purest form.
This region is also home to a variety of bird species, as well as dolphins and other marine mammals that can be seen as you sail or swim around the gulf.
The city of Bastia is rich in history and possesses stunning architecture, including the Old Port, a historic port that is a must-visit for its picturesque charm. The Place Saint-Nicolas is a noteworthy spot, featuring beautiful fountains and lively cafes, making it a perfect place to sit back, relax and watch the city come alive. It regularly hosts festivals and other entertainment events, making it easy to meet locals and other visitors. You can also check out the Citadelle de Bastia, a historic fort that provides panoramic views of the city and surrounding areas.
Top 10 Reasons to Charter a Yacht in Corsica
1. Corsica is a unique and original blend of Italy and France
2. Superb yacht selection, including yachts available from South of France and Sardinia
3. Mediterranean food with fresh seafood and top-level chefs
4. Much less crowded compared to South France
5. Better value for money compared to South of France/Amalfi
6. More boutiques, especially in high season, SoF and Amalfi get too crowded
7. Ideal beach/scenery combination
8. Well-connected to major international airports
9. Historical areas – 4 citadels of Bonifacio, Calvi, Ajaccio, and St Florent.
10. Unforgettable & original food and drinks, including Civet de Sanglier & Flan a la farine de chataigne (Chestnut Tart)