Travelling to Corsica? Sail in Style - Al Fresco Holidays
It’s unsurprising that Corsica continues to be a popular haunt for holiday makers. Secretive golden-sanded bays, dark forests, sweeping valley landscapes and glamorous cities give the island the remarkably rare quality of appealing to all travellers, no matter how discerning their tastes.
With Bastia, Figari and Ajaccio now on the budget flight destination list, many tourists are eagerly booking their tickets to arrive on the island by air. However, whilst this is undoubtedly the quickest way of getting to Corsica, it certainly isn’t the most enjoyable.
Sailing to Corsica: Why Taking the Boat to Corsica Can Really Enrich Your Holiday Experience
Whilst arriving by air offers a certain level of practicality (and indeed, speed), it completely bypasses one of Corsica’s finest features: its spectacular shorelines.
Indeed, the island has, in recent years, earned itself the reputation of being one of the world’s best sailing destinations; upon arriving at the island by sea, it swiftly becomes apparent why. The coastline, which is incredibly unspoilt, offers beautiful vistas of hidden coves, craggy cliff tops and, of course, glittering blue sea, which all gives it a coastal flavour of its own.
Of course, the other major advantage of arriving by boat is that it gives travellers the option to enjoy multiple destinations on their breaks, as many of the ferries to Corsica depart from equally lovely parts of Europe! France and Italy offer a number of options from which you can catch a boat to the island, with many of the ports being conveniently close to other major attractions, such as Rome, the Cȏte d’Azur and Florence.
Where Can You Sail To Corsica From?
There are numerous destinations that offer a regular ferry service across to the island. Here are just a few of the most popular.
The ferry from Nice to Corsica takes on average around 4 hours, and provides a wonderful half-day of entertainment, sailing the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Nice itself is an excellent place to spend a few days, with a wonderful, not to mention somewhat glamorous, seafront and some of the finest seafood restaurants in the region. It’s easy to get to, either by plane or by car.
The bustling port-city of Marseille, which, incidentally, is France’s second largest city, is perfect for travellers looking to enjoy a thriving social scene before enjoying the peace and tranquillity of Corsica. Like Nice, Marseille is well served by a variety of airlines. Travelling from Marseille to Corsica, however, does take significantly longer than from Nice, and usually takes place overnight.
Travelling by ferry to Corsica from Livorno only takes about 2 hours, making it a great option for those with young children who don’t want to spend too long at sea. Livorno is well situated to enjoy neighbouring tourist hotspots such as Florence and Pisa, but isn’t short on charm itself, with a very charismatic old quarter, complete with romantic canals. It can be easily reached by bus or train, and the nearest airport is in Pisa.
Again, the ferry to Corsica from Toulon requires another overnight journey. However, this southern France city is well situated to explore the Cȏte d’Azur, not to mention enjoy the hiking around the scenic Mount Faron, which stands just outside the city. It’s easy to reach Toulon by car or by train from other major cities such as Marseille.
Civitavecchia is not only excellently positioned to catch a ferry to Corsica (and indeed Sardinia, if you’re on an extended break), but it’s also in an ideal position to explore the country’s remarkable capital, Rome, which is only a short distance away. Civitavecchia itself is well served by public transport and the nearest airport is at Rome; the ferry across to Corsica takes approximately 7½ hours.
Finding a Place to Stay in Corsica
Corsica has a wide range of accommodation styles available, from glitzy hotel establishments in the cities to more basic hostels on the outskirts.
However, holiday parks remain an excellent option, particularly for travellers who enjoy a sense of freedom whilst on their holidays. This is also a great option for those with children who require some level of entertainment to keep energetic youngsters amused. The Sole di Sari in Solenzara is wonderfully situated on the Coast of Pearls, and has plenty to do on the site, including a substantial lagoon style pool. It’s also only a short drive from Bonifacio, which has a quaint harbour and scenic old town.
Alternatively, another excellent option is the Marina d’Erba Rossa Campsite. The popular holiday park boasts its own private beach, and also has plenty of entertainment on site for the whole family.