Sailing around the island of Corsica with many port stops.
With its casual affluence, flower-lined streets, flourishing markets, and interesting museums (the Musée Chagall and Musée Matisse are highlights), Nice is a charming introduction to the spirit of the Côte d’Azur. Stroll along its wide sunny boulevards, broken here and there by shady gardens and parks. Or stop for bouillabaisse, a specialty of the area, in a local restaurant.
Girolata is a village and region at the south of the Scandola Nature Reserve in western Corsica.
The dramatic setting, with the small village on a peninsula surrounded by the sea and running up the high mountains in the famous red rock of the region, make for a very impressive scenic location.
There is a small beach in Girolata, and an ever-watchful Genoese tower that stands above the village. Below, a small natural harbor attracts smaller yachts that are exploring the coast. The highlight is the scenery, the chance to see the wildlife, and the astonishingly clear sea water here.
Roccapina, Corsica, France
Roccapina is located on the southwest Corsican coast between Bonifacio and Sartene in. It has a lovely sandy beach and a panoramic trail and viewpoint.
The Tour de Roccapina is a ruined Genoese tower constructed in 1609. It was one of a series of coastal defenses built by the Republic of Genoa to stem attacks by Barbary pirates.
Bonifacio's almost land-locked harbor is one of the most dramatic totally protected harbors, a bustling port with excellent seafood restaurants, and a modern marina. The ancient citadel town is perched high atop a seemingly impenetrable granite cliff.
Porto Cervo, Sardinia
Porto Cervo is an Italian seaside resort in northern Sardinia. The village is the main center of the Costa Smeralda, on the gulf of the same name. It was created by Prince Karim Aga Khan. Porto Cervo has a resident population of less than 200 inhabitants.
Porto Cervo is home to the Monte di Mola (MdM) art gallery, which is the most important gallery on the Costa Smeralda.
The center of the marina is the village, where there are shops, a newsagent, and a supermarket. Close by is the exclusive Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. The end of the marina holds a shipyard capable of repairing large luxury yachts.
It is also the location of Hotel Cala di Volpe, which is featured in the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. The Presidential Suite of the hotel, billed at $32,736 per night, is listed at number 7 on World's 15 most expensive hotel suites complied by CNN.
Though it's grown massively since being built by the Aga Khan in the 1960s as a village retreat for the rich, Porto Cervo still manages to combine glamor with laid-back cool in a way that's uniquely Italian and perpetually fascinating. And the aquamarine water and spectacular coastline of Sardinia are every bit as beautiful as the people. Summer is the key season, of course, but it's also delightful in September and early October, when the weather is often superb.
Nowhere gives you more of the feel of Porto Cervo than having a bite to eat at the restaurant of the Yacht Club. It's the natural habitat of people who actually buy the kind of swimwear featured in Vogue, and half the fun is pretending you do, too, while casually checking out the film stars and supermodels. Less high-maintenance is Sole e Mare which does alfresco pizza and pasta in the main square of Baja Sardinia.
Palombaggia is a town nestled between mountain and the sea.
Palombaggia Beach is famous for it's fine sand beaches and turquois waters. It is widely regarded as one the best beaches in Europe. Backed by mountains and red rock, the long beach of white sand stretches for nearly 1.2miles at the foot of dunes shaded by umbrella-shaped pines. The dazzling powdery white sand contrasts with the glistening turquoise sea and the granite headlands that enclose the beach. The crystal-clear water deepens gradually, revealing some reef formations. Palombaggia Beach faces southeast to the Cerbicale archipelago, a cluster of tiny pristine and uninhabited islands.
Ile Rousse (sailing the gulf of St. Florent
The Isle of Beauty is a nearby, beautifully unspoiled sunny destination. 1½ hours from Paris, you can lunch in the sun there in December or January, bathe there from April to November and sail and fish there all year round. It's famous as a wonderful place to go hunting and walking.
Leaving from Oletta or St. Florent, by land or by sea, remarkable and magical places are infinite. The spectacular vision of nature is all around, at every turn and every point in the Gulf of St. Florent, changing with the different time of day and at the turn of the seasons.
The unbelievable beaches of the Desert des Agriates, Saleccia, Lotu or Mafalcu can equal those far away in the Caribbean, the Maldives or Polynesia. The wild beauty of Cape Corsica and the absolute romanticism of the villages of Nonza and Centuri. The mountains of Nebbiu and the wild horses of the Tenda massif, etc.
Far, very far, but close. Developed by Pascal Paoli in the 1760s as a "gallows to hang Calvi", the port of L'ÎLE ROUSSE (Isula Rossa) simply doesn't convince as a Corsican town, its palm trees, smart shops, neat flower gardens and colossal pink seafront hotel creating an atmosphere that has more in common with the French Riviera. Pascal Paoli had great plans for his new town on the Haute-Balagne coast, which was laid out from scratch in 1758 as a port to export the olive oil produced in the region. A large part of the new port was built on a grid system, featuring lines of straight parallel streets quite at odds with the higgledy-piggledy nature of most Corsican villages and towns. Thanks to the busy trading of wine and oil, it soon began to prosper and, two and a half centuries later, still thrives as a successful port.
Nice, France (Return)
Nice, with its casual affluence, flower-lined streets, flourishing markets, and interesting museums (the Musée Chagall and Musée Matisse are highlights), Nice is a charming introduction to the spirit of the Côte d’Azur. Stroll along its wide sunny boulevards, broken here and there by shady gardens and parks. Or stop for bouillabaisse, a specialty of the area, in a local restaurant.