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Tired of the usual Corsica cruises? Looking for some “goodies” to make your itineraries different? For this summer 2023 we have selected for you the best of what you can find: bays, places, nature, museums… All united by one common denominator: being special.

CORSICA – OUR TOP TEN

calvi-corsica-tourist-guideCITADEL OF CALVI
Calvi, North Corsica. Perfectly intact to this day, the citadel towers over the granite promontory; let yourself wander through the quiet little streets until you reach the Piazza d’Armi, the Genoese Governors’ Palace and the imposing Sampietro Barracks, home to the Foreign Legion club. The Saint Jean Baptiste cathedral is not to be missed.

la-plage-suiteDIVING IN ALGAJOLA
Algajola, North Corsica. The vast underwater plateau about a kilometer long and 400 meters wide hides colorful fish. A true paradise for those who love the underwater world. Nearby, but suitable only for experienced divers, the Gulf of Lava offers a memorable spectacle, with its rocky fault that descends to a depth of eighty meters.

salecciaSALECCIA BAY
North Corsica. The large bay in front of the Desert des Agriates is an anchorage suitable only for good weather, but its crystal-clear waters are no match for tropical lagoons. The fact that the long, clear beach is only within walking distance means that it is never overcrowded.

Désert_des_AgriatesDESERT OF AGRIATES
North Corsica. By sea you can reach it right from the Baia della Saleccia, where you can penetrate to discover the purest Mediterranean scrub, which alternates between myrtle and mastic trees on the seashore and gorse, holm oaks, strawberry trees, eucalyptus and prickly pears. Flower lovers will be enchanted by the orchids growing among the dunes and small ponds of l’Ostriconi beach.

Corsica-Ajaccio-cathedralWHERE NAPOLEON WAS BORN
Ajaccio, West Corsica. It is the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, who is now evoked in every alley, sign, tourist menu, and souvenir in the city. In fact, Napoleon left the island when he was only nine years old even though, on his deathbed, he expressed his wish to be buried in the cathedral near his ancestors. The cathedral, dating from 1554, is worth seeing.

zoom_029DINING WITH GUITARS
Ajaccio, West Corsica. If you have been following in Napoleon’s footsteps, it is time for a restorative stop. “Au son des guitares” is the right place where, while drinking a glass of wine, you can listen to real Corsican music. Of course … played with guitars!
Tel. +33 495222718.

FazzoluFAZZOLU BIGHT
Southern Corsica. A truly spectacular gully, located less than a mile from the equally spectacular Bonifacio. Partially ridged in moderate westerly winds, has a bad bottom holding if the wind strengthens. It is somewhat crowded in summer because of the tourist boats that make trips from Bonifacio. The clear water is worth a stop, however. is characterized by the presence of an islet at the entrance. Be careful, anchor at the west entrance of the bay in 4-5 meters of water, perhaps spinning a cable ashore, without trying to pass on the eastern side of the islet.

filitosa-sl1PREHISTORIC DOLMENS
Southern Corsica. Filitosa is the most important Corsican prehistoric site, located on a rocky outcrop about nine kilometers from Porto Pollo. It was discovered only in 1946, but was immediately declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Filitosa is home to extraordinary carved menhirs, some of them armed with daggers and swords. There is no shortage of dolmens and megalithic constructions from various eras.

Boniface_00EMOTION BONIFACIO
Southern Corsica. The entrance to the long, narrow fjord that ends with the delightful little harbor is worth the visit alone. The town climbs among high white limestone walls, making it a safe haven, but more importantly, unique in the world. Breathe in the salt-scented air, and if, in addition to sailing, you are fascinated by the cultures of yesteryear, listen to the old people speak the local dialect, called bunifazin, in every way similar to 13th-century Genoese.

60149898ADVENTURE IN NATURE
East Corsica. A fun and different afternoon than those usually spent on the boat or the beach. If this is what you are looking for, don’t miss a stop at the Parc Aventure Corsica Forest (www.corsica-forest.com). A special amusement park surrounded by nature at the foot of Col di Bavella, just seven kilometers from Solenzara. Here you can climb and launch yourself into the towering trees, staying nicely tied to special harnesses. Or you can experience canyoning in an inflatable boat.

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