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RX for Relaxation

by Lori Eastes
Port of Call Image - Corsica
Photo Courtesy of Worth Avenue Yachts

Sometimes known as the Scented Island due to its abundant fragrant maquis flowers, Corsica also can boast over 300 miles of spectacular jagged coastline and a gentle Mediterranean climate. Thus, a yacht charter is a choice way to enjoy the island’s sunny stretches, evergreen forests, and diverse bird species. Beyond that trifecta, you can also soak up such interesting sights as the Maison Bonaparte Museum, a cultural and historic ode to Napoleon’s birthplace, and the Scandola Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and haven for endangered species. Whether you want to relax by the sea, explore historic sites, or enjoy fresh seafood at a harborside cafe, Corsica is sure to provide a true escape. With a picturesque setting and laid-back charm, this sun drenched island is a delightful charter destination on the Isle of Beauty aka Corsica.


Calvi is a charming city to visit by charter yacht. According to local legend, this is the birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus, evidenced by the large bust of the infamous explorer mounted on the old city walls. While the legend’s veracity is debated, it reflects the affinity between Corsican and Genoese cultures that blend in Calvi through a medley of cuisine and architecture with a rich Mediterranean flair.


Another must-visit city is Bonifacio, where the stone buildings stand like sentries atop the centuries-old cliff sides. Your charter yacht will cruise past this incredible façade and into the channel that leads to the town itself. Here, the marinas teem with local boats and shops line the entrance on both sides of the channel. Once your yacht is tied to the dock, you can step ashore for a tour of the old city atop of the cliff, where even the cemetery is fascinating, thanks to its majestic mausoleums.


With its picturesque harbor, Propriano is a charming seaside town on the west coast of Corsica that makes for an idyllic charter destination. Perched on the sparkling Gulf of Valinco, Propriano charms visitors with its laid-back vibe, colorful fishing boats that bob in the harbor, and lively cafes that line the waterfront promenade. Wander the narrow cobblestone streets and get lost in the old town, where you’ll find ancient chapels and Genoese towers that hint at Propriano’s medieval past. The town’s main beach beckons with fine white sand and calm, clear waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Just offshore sits the gorgeous Îles Sanguinaires archipelago, a nature reserve with translucent waters in dazzling shades of blue.


On the west coast of the island lies the charming city of Ajaccio. This historic spot has plenty to offer visitors—foodies will delight in the fresh local seafood, cheeses, and Corsican wines. With its pristine beaches, dramatic coastal scenery dotted with Genoese towers, and lively markets, Ajaccio encapsulates the best of Corsican culture and natural beauty. Come discover for yourself why this island city has been alluring travelers for centuries.

Port of Call Image - Corsica
Photo Courtesy of Worth Avenue Yachts

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