8D Wild and Secret Corsica | Solo Traveler Offer | 2021 season
Leaving from Nice, set sail aboard Le Lyrial* for an authentic 7-night cruise and get to the very heart of Corsica, a fascinating island of a thousand fragrances and influences.
Embarkation from 16h00 to 17h00
Departure at 18h00
Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is surrounded by an amphitheatre of hills and mountains that protects it from the wind. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the baie des Anges. The Château hill is also a very pleasent place to walk. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya.
In the hollow of one of the most beautiful gulfs of the Mediterranean to which it owes its name, Saint-Florent is an ancient Genoese city whose citadel dominates the bay with its circular architecture. A link between the mountains of Upper Corsica and the Agriates desert, the fishing village has become a renowned seaside resort. In front of this jewel nestled in the hollow of a wild and isolated region, sublime beaches of fine sand border a sea of infinite turquoise shades. At the western tip of the gulf, the Tower of Mortella, built in the 16th century under the Republic of Genoa to prevent from invaders, stands watch. Like most of the towers that dot the Corsican coast, it is an emblematic and familiar symbol of the island.
GULF OF SANTA-MANZA, CORSICA
In the south-east of Corsica, between Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio, the gulf of Santa Manza, famous for its magnificent sandy beaches, is revealed. You will benefit from exceptional viewpoints over the landscapes of rare beauty formed by the limestone cliffs, covered with scrub, plunging into the turquoise waters and the granite rocks on the water's edge.
STRAIT OF BONIFACIO
The Bonifacio Strait separates Corsica from Sardinia. In this constantly windswept passage, with strong currents that are well-known to sailors, the sight of the chalk cliffs of Bonifacio, diving into the deep blue sea offers an exceptional spectacle. To the east lies the Lavezzi archipelago, with its air of a tropical paradise, its vast pink granite rocks emerging from a transparent turquoise sea. The area around the Bonifacio Strait has been listed as a nature reserve since 1999 due to the ecological riches of both land and sea. Cap Pertusato, at the most southerly point of Corsica, reveals a succession of natural caves forged by the sea, offering unlimited scope for adventure.
Located in the south-west of Corsica the wild rocky Roccapina headlands covered in pine forest are a conservation area. The headlands embrace two bays of turquoise blue water and powder-soft sandy beaches. You may not see many people but traces of the region’s Genovese past are visible, including a 17th century tower. However, the main attraction is provided by Nature in the form of dramatic rocky peaks sculpted by the wind into the shape of animals and humans. On the top of a rocky outcrop one of the most famous formations strongly resembles a lion lying down, its head up surveying the coast.
The Pointe de la Parata offers a magnificent view over the Sanguinaires Islands, which form the Sanguinaires archipelago closing the bay of Ajaccio to the north. This black granite headland is topped by the Parata tower, built by the Genoese in the 16th century to protect the island against Barbarian invasions. Here the wind and the sea spray have forged the abrupt and wild landscape where only vegetation able to resist the onslaught of the wind and the sea has its place. You will be in an exceptional position to observe the fascinating spectacle of this perspective of islands following the same invisible crest line towards the horizon.
Made up of the pointe de la Parata and the Sanguinaires Islands theSanguinaires archipelago was named Grand Site de France in 2017. At this exceptional site made up of four rocky volcanic islands, Mezu Mare is the largest. A semaphore built on the site of a former Genoese tower and the ruins of a 14th century lazaretto, a quarantine station at the time of the plague, is testimony to a rich heritage. The island is also home to many colonies of marine birds including the Yellow-legged gull or the European shag. In his Letters from my windmill, Alphonse Daudet, a regular here, described this site with feeling: “I had found a pleasant place there where I could muse in solitude.”
Nestled on a rocky spur in the north-west of Corsica, the port of Calvi offers its whiteness between two sapphire-coloured bays. Capital of the Balagne region, the Genoese city benefits from an exceptional natural setting between the abrupt relief of the central chain, fertile hills and long sandy beaches. From the promontory of the Notre-Dame-de-la-Serra chapel, built in the 19th century on the ruins of a 15th century sanctuary, you will not miss the sublime panorama of the seaside, the mountains and the Calvi citadel. A little further west, you will have the opportunity to discover with the peninsula of Revelatta, a wilder and more preserved part of Corsica.
Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is surrounded by an amphitheatre of hills and mountains that protects it from the wind. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the baie des Anges. The Château hill is also a very pleasent place to walk. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya
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