Corsica is famed as the birthplace of Napoléon Bonaparte. The island of Corsica is 183 km long at longest, 83 km wide at widest, has 1,000 km of coastline, more than 200 beaches and is very mountainous. The island is located about 90 km from Tuscany in Italy and 170 km from the Côte dAzur in France.
In the Southwest part of the island of Corsica, there are coves at Roccapina and around Punta di Senetosa are among the best on the island with a wild and rocky coast, long white beaches and clear waters.
To the North of Ajaccio and the Golf of Sagone is Capo Rosso, a red mountain marking the entrance to the Gulf of Porto, also popular with hikers. A very popular spot in the Gulf of Porto is Girolata, a fishing village with its own Genoese fortress accessible only by boat or hiking trail.
Sailing further North, the area from Punta Rossa to the island of Gargalo is home to the Scandola Nature Reserve and provides some of the most spectacular ocean scenery in Corsica with caves, rock pillars and deep blue waters.
To the South of the island close to Porto Vecchio are perfect white sandy beach with amazingly deep blue seas and backed by sand dunes, pine trees and bright red rocks.
A little further on from Palombaggia beach you will find the horseshoe shaped beach at Saint-Giulia, another stunning place to visit. Saint Giulia beach is extremely popular with water sports lovers and sun-worshippers alike.
Right at the northernmost point of Cap Corse, the inaccessibility of Barcaggio has helped preserve its allure. Calm and peaceful even in summer, the lovely sandy beach shelves gently into fabulously turquoise waters.
With some 15 marinas evenly spread along its 1,000km coast and numerous anchoring points Corsica’s coastline offers some great spots to stop for lunch or aperitifs before returning to the open sea.
The Southeast coast of Corsica, Bonifacio and its surrounding areas offer a perfect setting for sailing and yachting in Corsica. Bonifacio is also the ideal location to explore the Bonifacio Channel and Lavezzi Islands, which are now classified as a natural reserve.
On the southern tip of Corsica, there is also superb new harbor at Porto-Vecchio gives access to the hundreds of luxury yachts that choose to visit Corsica each summer.