Corsica: perfect place for sailing

Best sailing areas in Corsica. Sailing routes, weather and wind details, facts about region and important details to sail in Corsica.

Sailing trip in Corsica

Corsica is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean. Its coastline stretches for almost a thousand kilometres and has 200 beaches.

 

The diversity of flora and fauna in tandem with the relief cliffs gives the island an atmosphere of unity with nature. Chartering a yacht in this region of France is the best way to see Corsica from a new angle.

Sailing season
May - September
Travel season
May - September
Marinas in this location
8
Boats in this location
58

Main facts about region

Telephone code:
+33
Language:
French
Timezone:
UTC+1, in summer UTC+2
Currency:
Euro (EUR)
Population:
330,455

Why boaters love Corsica

The high season for yacht trips in Corsica is in July and August. So if you want a secluded vacation and a wider choice of yachts at low prices, consider a yacht cruise in May or October. During these moths, the weather is still warm but there are much less tourists.

 

In Corsica, the climate is marine and mild. The maximum summer temperature is + 36 °C, and the minimum winter temperature is +11°C. Usually, there are light sea breezes on the coast. However, strong winds happen in the summer months. They can make yacht tours in Corsica difficult or even impossible.

 

Most marinas in Corsica are paid. On average, the price of daily parking is 35−50 euros.

 

Corsica has a variety of cultural, musical and religious holidays. On August 25, a Virtuoso Violin Festival takes place in the small town of Sermano. Also, in the middle of October, a large-scale music festival takes place in Bastia.

Corsica - Yacht Charter Sailica
Corsica - Yacht Charter Sailica
Corsica - Yacht Charter Sailica
Corsica - Yacht Charter Sailica

Sailing routes in Corsica

Corsica is ideal for seclusion — unspoiled nature, cozy bays, sparsely populated cities, and authentic villages are conducive to freedom and relaxation from the hustle and bustle. But if you want to return to land, there is always something to see.

  • The capital of Corsica is Ajaccio. Two spacious ports are equipped for yacht leasing here: Chales Ornano and Tino Rossi. In the city itself you will find all the benefits of civilization: banks, shops, restaurants and hotels.
  • Propriano is a small but very picturesque fishing town with its own atmosphere. The only caveat is that the entrance to its harbor is relatively narrow, so you should hire a smaller yacht if you want to visit it.
  • Bastia is the second largest city here. In the port of Toga in the north of the city there are 357 berths. The city ideally combines the commercial structures and the untouched nature of the Mediterranean.

Thanks to the many marinas and ports, you can easily travel around the island's coastline.

 

Paving the travel itinerary along the South coast of Corsica, you will pass through the following places:

  • Ajaccio — Agosta Beach — Ruppione Beach — Mare e Sole Beach — Bonifacio — Porto Vecchio — Bavella Pass.

Choosing the routes of yachts in Corsica along the North Coast, you can go in the following direction:

  • Cap Corse — Saint Florent — Agriates Desert — Calvi — Porto — Calanques de Piana — Corte.

Available yachts in the region

1265 €
per week
6
Guests
3
Cabins
42 ft
Length
2020
Built in
1584 €
per week
6
Guests
3
Cabins
34 ft
Length
2017
Built in
1688 €
per week
6
Guests
3
Cabins
42 ft
Length
2017
Built in
1734 €
per week
6
Guests
3
Cabins
37 ft
Length
2016
Built in
1851 €
per week
8
Guests
3
Cabins
37 ft
Length
2014
Built in
1905 €
per week
10
Guests
5
Cabins
46 ft
Length
2019
Built in
2019 €
per week
6
Guests
3
Cabins
35 ft
Length
2019
Built in
Ajaccio
27 yachts
Propriano
15 yachts
Bastia
1 yacht
Porto-Vecchio
0 yachts
Calvi
0 yachts

Yachting season and weather in Corsica

Every time you sail to sea, you should carefully consider the different directions and strengths of the wind. Corsica is a great sailing destination, suitable for both professionals and beginners. Assailing conditions on the west coast and in Bonifacio Strait is rather difficult. Best time to travel to Corsica — all year round. 

 

In terms of navigation, eastern Corsica is a relatively easy destination. The currents are not strong, the tides have a small range from 10 to 30 cm. However, the wind, depending on the direction, can significantly change the sailing conditions. During the summer months, there are Tramontana, Mistral, Grecale, Levante, Cirocco, Libeccio, and Ponente. The most difficult of them is the Mistral, blowing from the north-west, and Libeccio from the south-west.

Water temperature in sailing season +20...+24 °
Air temperature in sailing season +25...+28 °
Wind speed in sailing season 15 - 20 knots

Weather forecast for yachting in Corsica

Upon arrival at the marina, you are usually given the forecast for the next day. Port services regularly receive forecasts, this is the most reliable source of information.

 

You can find out the forecast and storm warnings on the following sites:

  • marine.meteoconsult.fr — marine weather forecast for the Mediterranean coast;

  • meteofrance.com — Marine weather forecast for the coast of France;

  • windfinder — a service for tradewinds in Corsica, viewing water and air temperatures;

  • Marine Weather Guide — Marine weather guide from METEO France.