Sail on crystal-clear water, endless sunshine and secluded coves. There is no doubt that island hopping between the islands of Sardinia and Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea while stopping to snorkel, sunbathe and dive, is the best idea ever. The advantage of a sailing holiday is that each day you wake in a new amazing spot added to the endless possibility to anchor in coves and bays that almost no one knows about while pretending to be a modern castaway. Jump off the side of your boat and swim to the white sand beach. Your holiday starts now.


People of Sardinia & Corsica 

Despite being part of two different countries, Sardinia and Corsica histories, cultures and people are more connected than we might think. In fact, Corsicans descend from a mix of ancient Corsi people from northeastern Sardinia and people from northern and central Italy (including Tuscans, Etruscans, Ligurians, and Romans). Additionally, the Corsican language (Corsu) is connected to the Tuscan language while the French language only influenced Corsican much later. The Sardinians are called Sardos or Sardus in their own language and Sardi in Italian. Sardinia is the first discovered Blue Zone, a demographic area of the world where people live measurably longer lives. Along with Ryukyuans from Okinawa, in Japan, Sardinians have the highest rate of centenarians in the world thanks to the healthy lifestyle, diet as well as the lack of pollution.


Places


Cagliari and the South of Sardinia

The southern coast of this island offers a glimpse of Sardinia's diversity. Cagliari collected the influences of various visitors who have been stopping to its shores for centuries. The oldest part of Cagliari is known as the Castello which is perched on the slopes of a steep hill that rises from the harbour. The beautiful capital of Cagliari is only a few kilometres from Nora, where Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans had their establishments. A visit to this historic site is a must while sailing in Sardinia


La Maddalena Archipelago

Eight main islands form the La Maddalena Archipelago and, among those, Budelli, Razzoli, Santa Maria and Spargi are four atolls that surely deserve a stopover. This archipelago is one of the most outstanding parts of Sardinia and of the Mediterranean Sea. Not only gorgeous beaches, hidden bays and crystal clear water, but also great opportunities for trekking, sightseeing and expeditions, especially at “Capo d’Orso,” which is a giant granite rock sculpture that resembles a bear.


Costa Smeralda 

Costa Smeralda or Emerald Coast takes its name from the colour of the incredible water that crashes against the rocks and the white sand. This part of the coast is more than just the rich and famous paradise, there are many trecks and hidden bays to be discovered just a few kilometres away from the crowded spots.


Grotta di Nettuno

Take your sailing charter from the Banchina Dogana harbour in Alghero to the tip of Capo Caccia to visit the Grotta di Nettuno. This beautiful cave is filled with stalagmites and stalactites that reflect in an underground lake. The Neptun Cave was carved by the sea, in cliffs that reach over 300 meters above. Arriving by water aboard your private boat is the most dramatic way to approach the grotto.


Strait of Bonifacio  

Corsica's coastline is bordered by white limestone cliffs and just behind them, lies Bonifacio, the harbour village with its castle walls, many restaurants and fun nightlife. On the strait, and some other locations in Corsica and Sardinia, you can swim with bioluminescence, marine organisms that make the water glow at night.


Lavezzi islands

Situated between Corsica and Sardinia, the Lavezzi archipelago features 10 small islands with an incredible number of hidden beaches, bays and coves. Here, you will also find loads of natural pools and incredible opportunities for diving.


Corsica's beaches

With 200 beaches and 1000km of coastline, Corsica boasts beaches for everyone. Not only incredible in number, but also an impressive variety, including hidden bays, wide shores and party beaches. While you are at it, make sure to stop at the bays of Calvi and L’Ile Rousse in the north, as well as Palombaggia, Pinarello and San Ciprianu in the south. 


Désert des Agriates

Yes, there is a desert in Europe and it's in Corsica. Situated between the Balagne and St Florent, the Désert des Agriates is an area of dry landscape and wild beauty. If you go, make sure to visit the deserted beaches of Saleccia and Loto which offer pearl-white sand and - you guessed right  - crystal clear water. 


Ajaccio and its history

Ajaccio gave birth to Napoléon Bonaparte, so a visit to the conqueror's birthplace is almost mandatory. The typical architecture and the culturally-rich city are other reasons to stop one or two days in the capital.


Scandola Nature Reserve

The coast of the Gulf of Porto is one of Corsica's most incredible landscapes thanks to its sensational red granite and broad bays. The reserve is best explored by a private charter which allows you to stop and rest wherever and whenever you fancy in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Pleasures in Sardinia & Corsica


Immerse yourself in Sardinia and Corsica waters

Only a few places in Europe and the Mediterranean Sea offer as many underwater wonders as the coasts of Sardinia and Corsica. Maybe there aren't tropical fish to admire, but we are sure that coves, cliffs and wrecks are going to keep you entertained while diving or snorkelling


Let the wind guide you in Corsica & Sardinia

If the underwater world isn't for you, there are tonnes of activities above sea level to do too. From wakeboarding in Sardinia, to windsurf in Corsica or if you fancy, you can also learn to kitesurf in Sardinia.


Long, long, long nights in Sardinia

The Costa Smeralda is globally famous for its wild parties and international DJs and if you want to add some fun to your holidays between Sardinia and Corsica make sure to stop here for a night. Or maybe two. 


Do 

Lose your mind on a culinary tour of these two stunning islands. Try all the typical Sardinian delights including suckling pig and homemade pasta, cured meats, regional cheeses and rivers of vino rosso. While in Corsica, make sure to try the Civet de sanglier, a wild boar casserole which arguably is the signature dish of Corsica, don't miss the Veau aux olives (Veal with olives) and the Agneau Corse (Corsican lamb). 
The family is at the centre of both islands' cultures, make sure to get to know the locals and get a flavour of family life. 
Do go on free trekking as hiking is one of the best ways to visit Sardinia. One of the best paths takes you to Cala Goloritzé from the Altipiano del Golgo.


Don’t

Don't forget your sunscreen and hat, the temperature can reach extreme highs in summer. 
Don’t miss Isola dell’Asinara which firstly was a fishing community, later a criminal colony, a leprosy centre as well as a maximum security jail. Today is a gorgeous National Park and if you have the opportunity to visit, make sure to go the historic jail of Cala d’Oliva and of Fornelli and after the cultural exploration, don't miss some of the best beaches in Sardinia, such as Cala Sabina, Cala Trabuccato and Cala d’Arena


Best time to go

The best moment to visit Sardinia and Sardinia is during spring and autumn. Temperatures are higher during summer as well as the number of tourist flocking to their shores. Winter can also be an interesting moment to visit when probably you can have the two islands all for yourself. 


Best way to go

Catching a flight to Sardinia is easy since they have constant flights into Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport daily. There is also an option to take a ferry from mainland Italy directly to one of the harbours. Ferries leave from Savona, Genoa, Livorno and Civitavecchia to reach Cagliari, Arbatax, Olbia or Porto Torres.  Corsica has four airports Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi and Figari which are served by regular flights year-round from many French mainland airports. It also has six ferry ports (Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi, Île Rousse, Porto-Vecchio and Propriano) which can be reached from Nice, Marseille and Toulon. 
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