of the best coastal roads to drive


The D81 through the Calanques De Piana, Corsica

Beautiful coastlines often go hand in hand with beautiful roads — and not all roads were created equal. Combine a passion for yachting and a passion for driving by visiting some of the best coastal roads to enjoy from behind the wheel.

1. The D81 through the Calanques De Piana, Corsica

If you’re planning on spending a few days exploring Corsica by superyacht, the D81 coastal road through the Calanches de Piana is a must for the brave. The single track road runs along the side of the mountain, presenting a striking landscape of red granite cliffs and vicious looking outlines caused by centuries of erosion.

Piana itself is a stunning village that looks out over the Gulf of Porto and faces the Scandola and Senino peninsulas. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983, the area including the Calaches of Piana, the Gulf of Girolata and the Scandola Nature Reserve offer unrivalled views and truly excellent (if hair-raising) driving opportunities.

Girolata Bay is also one of the best superyacht anchorages in Corsica, so why not tender to the little village of Girolata and enjoy the beauty of the D81 while driving over to Piana?

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