Corsica Yacht Charter
Famed as being the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsica is 183km long and boasts more than 1,000km of some of the most stunning coastlines in the world. Situated between Tuscany and the French Riviera the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea is one of the 27 regions of France, despite it being closer to Italy than the French mainland.
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Despite its connection to France, it will become clear to those on a Corsica yacht charter that the island and its population are also very proud of their own national identity and despite its French connections, it feels very different. The island is split into two halves: Haute Corse in the north, and Corse-du-Sud in the south; any luxury yacht charter in Corsica should try to include in its itinerary a visit to both parts.
Having listened to the advice of our most experienced captains and yacht charter crews, and taken on board the suggestions of many of our clients, YPI Group has put together a Corsica yacht charter itinerary that takes in the highlights of this region. This itinerary is only a suggested route, and if you have favourite areas you would like to visit on your charter please ask your dedicated YPI Group charter broker, or charter yacht captain.
Day One: Join your yacht on the French Riviera
Join your charter yacht in her home port or a port of your choice along the French Riviera and enjoy a day of shopping, water sports or just settling in and relaxing onboard.
Day Two: St Florent
Make a night passage from mainland France to St Florent in the North East of the island of Corsica. Wake up and enjoy breakfast at anchor at ‘la Plage de Saleccia’, a vast stretch of white beach situated in the Desert des Agreates, which is recognised to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean and can only be reached by boat. Later cruise the short distance to St Florent and spend the evening in this tranquil and picturesque fishing village which nestles at the end of a sparkling bay. Here, you can enjoy café life and all the pleasures of this isolated, scenic village. There is a good local fish restaurant on the port, known for its freshly caught fish and friendly atmosphere – Le Petit Caporal. Or for something a bit more upmarket try the excellent beachfront restaurant of the Hotel La Roya.
Day Three: St Florent – Calvi
Cruise a little further south to the ancient seaport of Calvi, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Calvi is situated in a bay fringed by a long sandy beach that stretches in a wide arc from the edge of town and has as its backdrop tall, majestic mountains. The attractive seafront is filled with lively bars and restaurants, overlooked by the impressive Citadel. A visit to the Citadel is not complete without an evening of entertainment in the famous establishment ‘Tao’, a real institution, overlooking the harbour and the bay; at the very least it is a wonderful place to enjoy a sunset drink on the pretty terrace.
There is an excellent 2 Star Michelin restaurant situated in the Hotel ‘La Villa’, just a short drive out of Calvi and offering fabulous views.
Day Four: Calvi – Ajaccio
Leave Calvi in the early morning and head South down the spectacular Western coast of Corsica on your way to Ajaccio - you will understand why it is called ‘The Isle of Beauty’! Stop for lunch and water sports in one of the many beautiful bays on offer along this spectacular crenellated coast. In the afternoon arrive in the large bay of Ajaccio, explore this fascinating town and maybe choose to visit the house in which Napoleon Bonaparte grew up, now a museum.
Day Five: Ajaccio – Bonifacio
No yacht charter to Corsica is quite complete without entering the dramatic port of Bonifacio, situated at the very south of the island. The port is located in a fjord like inlet, which you enter through high white limestone cliffs. The town teeters up above the lively harbour and it’s a steep, invigorating walk up into the picturesque streets. A visit to see the breathtaking views from the Citadel is a must. Maybe enjoy dinner at the ‘Club Nautique’ on the harbour, a popular local restaurant with a pleasant view over the port and offering excellent pasta and fish dishes. For golf enthusiasts the Golfe of Sperone is a magnificent course set in a wild and unspoilt location.
DAY Six: Bonifacio – Porto Cervo
Leave Corsica en route for the Italian island of Sardinia, and explore the little islands of Lavezzi, just off the Southern tip of Corsica. Drop anchor and enjoy these low-lying pink granite islands, where you’ll find warm crystalline turquoise waters.
Later, cruise the short distance to the Maddalena Archipelago, a group of islands which belongs to Sardinia: this is a National Park composed of seven islands of extraordinary beauty and is wonderful to explore. In the early evening, make a sunset cruise around the tip of Sardinia to Porto Cervo on the fashionable Costa Smeralda, built by the Aga Khan in the early seventies and a summer favourite of the jet set ever since. Porto Cervo offers great shopping with many designer boutiques, fine dining and some of the most fashionable nightclubs in the world. A hot favourite of our yacht charter guests is Cipriani’s restaurant at the world renowned Billionaire’s Club.
DAY Seven: Leave your yacht on the Costa Smeralda
After a late breakfast, it is a short drive to the international airport of Olbia for your scheduled or private flight home.