Words by Keri Fuller
With more than 1,000 kilometres of coastline there is no shortage of stunning locations to drop anchor while enjoying a private cruise or luxury yacht charter in Corsica. Here we select three of the best that truly show off the island's coastal character.
1. Girolata Bay
The fact that there is no road to the bay of Girolata, on the southern edge of the Scandola National Park on Corsica's west coast, means that it has the seclusion that cruising yachtsmen usually seek. It also has remarkable beauty, with its striking red rocks climbing steeply from the bluest water to a gloriously jagged skyline 300 metres above.
This, for Captain Giles Frankal, is one of the Mediterranean's most picturesque areas and his advice is to find a spot where you can drop the anchor close to the cliff and take a stern line ashore.
Certainly, such an anchorage is only tenable when the weather is calm and settled but in those conditions an early morning swim beneath the rose-tinted cliffs, accompanied only by sea eagles gliding overhead, is one of life's great moments.
By 11am in high summer the calm will be disturbed by tourist boats from the nearby village of Porto, heading for the little village of Girolata at the north-eastern corner of the bay, where an ancient Genoese fort overlooks a sandy beach and a few restaurants.
Swimming, diving and exploring the many sea caves should fill the morning while the afternoon is perhaps a good time to explore some of the local well-marked and highly scenic walking trails that meander through the scented maquis scrubland.
The best time to visit the village is following the mass evacuation that takes place with the evening departure of the tourist ferries. You can stay on to sample some of the best rustic restaurants in the Mediterranean serving ultra-fresh seafood, including the local Scandola lobster that is considered king of the catch. Girolata will surely be one of the most memorable stop-overs on any Corsican cruise.
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