Sailing to Corsica
South west until Porto Vecchio there is excellent coastline, green and lush right until the waters edge. Cala Rondinana is extremely beautiful and a good protected place to anchor overnight. Don’t miss a swim at Isole Cerbicale. Careful of the rocks in the middle of the bays in this area. In the south of Corsica, north of Santa Teresa di Gallura there is the wonderful Bonafacio. There is a long spectacular fjord with a small harbour at the end. It is difficult to find space there however there is good anchorage on the rocks along the fjord and in little bays inside the fjord. There are some bars and shopping in the harbour however do not miss a visit to the fantastic town which sits dramatically atop a narrow limestone peninsula. The panoramic views from this beautiful town are stupendous. The old town and citadel was built in the 12th century by Genoese conquerors and is reached by a long, steep flight of stairs. There are many activities and water-sports on offer and a splendid golf course. There are many excellent restaurants which offer a wonderful mix of Corsican and French cuisine and the buildings are beautiful with traffic free streets to stroll along and enjoy. Close by and not to be missed are the French islands of Lavezzi and Cavallo which have spectacular beaches and beautiful waters.
Lavezzi lies in the French marine park between Corsica and Sardinia and is uninhabited except for some donkeys and cows. There is the beautiful Bay of Lazarine and an interesting sailor’s cemetery at the back of the beach. The sea of Lavezzi is home to an abundant marine life and is a diver’s paradise.
Cavallo is a French island, very close to the southern tip of Corsica. It is privately owned, so access is limited. You may enter the small port of Cavallo and visit the island by foot. There is a little commercial centre, with shops and restaurants and quite a few private luxury villas, including the summer residence of H.H. Victor Emmanuale, the king of Italy in exile. From this area we recommend continuing to the beautiful western side of Corsica.
Santa Teresa di Gallura on the north western side of Sardinia has a nice marina with water, fuel, full amenities and has bus connections to Palau, Olbia and other main destinations. Santa Teresa village is important not only for its beautiful and natural surroundings but also because it\'s one of the few centres in Sardinia built following an urban plan. It was drawn up in 1820 and included a succession of perpendicular streets headed by two main squares. King Vittorio Emanuele I chose the village\'s name in honour of his wife. The beautiful beach of Rena Majore is a great place to visit.
Marmorata islands are quite small, almost set among the rocks. The sand is thicker than that of Rena Majore beach in Santa Teresa. But the beaches here are a real paradise, with incredibly cleaqn waters and by extraordinarily shaped granite.The wonderful sea protected from the north-easterly and northerly winds is excellent for swimming, snorkelling and fishing. The seabed is also well-known for the presence of numerous wreckages, mixed in with the thick vegetation, granite, fish and molluscs. Divers use the wreckages in order to orient themselves. There are innumerable, beautiful tourist destinations including the San Pasquale suburb, from where you can take a scenic route for extraordinary view of the sea; the Coluccia peninsula, mentioned by Giuseppe Garibaldi during his stay in Sardinia; the Capo Testa promontory, where the smooth granite has unusual shapes and strange colours and the famous Valle della Luna (Moon Valley). The island of Marmorata and Porto Pozzo provide bays of good protection. Capo Testa has beautiful bays on the north and south side of this cape and wonderful beaches in the area include Baia Santa Reparata, La Licciola, La Marmorata, Longosardo and Rena Bianca. After Santa Teresa di Gallura on the west side of Sardinia the landscape and coastline becomes wilder and the Port of Alghero and further on at Oristano where fuel, water and amenities are available. From our base in Cannigione you can also choose to move east or north east of Sardinia.