Embark in Nice and then cruise to the beautiful bay of Villefranche for lunch, anchor off Plage Paloma, on the eastern side of Cap Ferrat or enjoy a shopping filled day in Monaco.
Should you wish todine ashore - La Reserve in Beaulieu, the Eden Roc and the Grand Hotel de CapFerrat are all great – you could take a tender ashore. Otherwise the Chateau Ezaor Chevre d'Or are a taxi ride away in Eze Village, Rampoldi’s and the Louis XV in Monaco are both renowned.
The East coast of Corsica is not as mountainous or dramatic, or indeed as developed as the West coast, but it has a charm all of its own; with long stretches of deserted beaches.
St Florent is one of Corsica’s smaller resorts, tucked away in the rugged north of the island surrounded by hills covered in maquis, thick sweet-smelling vegetation which blooms in spring.
The village boasts a citadel on a headland, watching over its narrow streets and harbour. Remarkably it also has a cathedral on the edge of the cliff, built 150 years ago.
Jewel of the Balagne, Calvi will impress its varied beauty. It is an imposing Genoese citadel with a pretty marina at its foot. Around the marina there are some good bars and restaurants.
Step into the back streets that are narrow, steep, cobbled and colourful. Across the water you will see the long stretch of sandy beaches backed by pine clad hills. Make sure you take time to explore the enchanting medieval citadel, it is worth the climb.
The Réserve Naturel de Scandola takes up the promontory dividing the Balagne from the Golfe de Porto, its name derived from the wooden tiles (scandules) that cover many of the island’s mountain houses. But the area’s roof-like rock formations are only part of its amazing geological features.
Its stacked slabs, towering pinnacles and gnarled claw-like outcrops were formed by Monte Cinto’s volcanic eruptions 250 million years ago; subsequent erosion has fashioned shadowy caves, grottoes and gashes in the rock. Scandola’s colours are as remarkable as the shapes, the hues varying from the charcoal grey of granite to the incandescent rusty purple of porphyry. The headland and its surrounding water were declared a nature reserve in 1975 and now support significant colonies of seabirds, dolphins and seals, as well as 450 types of seaweed and some remarkable fish such as the grouper, a species more commonly found in the Caribbean.
The gulf of Ajaccio is beautiful; it is home to the capital of the island which was the birthplace of Napoleon.
Ajaccio is a working town of bustling streets, markets, palm trees, traffic, people, fountains, monuments and rickety building. Ajaccio has a charm and a buzz all of its own; step ashore for dinner or for a drink; sit back and watch the world go by. A sumptuous cathedral (1582), Napoleon’s house, and the Napoleonie and Fesch museums (primitive Italian paintings), are all places to visit.
A vast blue inlet bounded by rolling scrub-covered hills, the gulf presents the first dramatic scenery along the coastal highway.
Propriano is a beautiful old town surrounded by green hills that slope gently up to the mountains behind, and encircled by the white sandy beaches that stretch around the gulf.
Enter the harbour via a cleft in the rock face, and the beauty of this place will hit you.
The old town is perched on impressive limestone cliffs. Spend the day there exploring the old citadel, and strolling the pretty café and restaurant-lined harbour. Bonifacio is certainly one of the prettiest spots on the island.
Porto-Vecchio is known as the “St-Tropez” of Corsica and is a highly fashionable resort. The beaches around Porto-Vecchio are simply stunning and count the world-famous Palombaggia and Santa Guilia amongst their number. All have pearly white sand and glittering turquoise sea, surrounded by lush countryside.
The island of Mortorio is an uninhabited island just off the Costa Smeralda. It is part of the National Parkland and access is allowed on the larger south-western beach, with its beautiful emerald waters.
Maddalena is the largest of twenty three islands scattered amongst some of Sardinia’s most sparkling and astonishingly clear seas. With its sheltered anchorages and sandy beaches, this is an irresistible sailing paradise.
Spend the day anchored off the bay of Cala di Volpe which is well protected from the Mistral wind and is surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches. Its crowning feature is the spectacular five stars Hotel Cala di Volpe at the end of the bay. This hotel is overlooked by the Pevero Golf Course and on the other side are the fabulous villas of La Celvia.
The chic resort of Porto Cervo is the capital of the Costa Smeralda. Wander through the resort’s designer boutiques and dine on the delicious seafood; Il Portico is highly recommended. The town also offers golf, tennis, and a great nightlife. The area is also blessed with many beautiful sandy beaches.
After a relaxing breakfast on board enjoying your last minutes of breathtaking scenery, you will disembark in Porto Cervo at midday.
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