Upper Corsica or ‘Haute-Corse’ is the north-eastern part of Corsica, separated from the south by the central mountain range known as ‘Les Monts’. Upper Corsica is bathed by the Tyrrhenian Sea to the east and the Mediterranean Sea to the west. The Gulf of Porto, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also part of the Corsican National Park. It is a majestic place that you will be able to discover during your cruise. The exposure of the anchorages will not allow you to spend the night there however. You will be more sheltered in the Gulf of Girolata a little further north. After the North Point, explore the Scandola nature reserve and let yourself be surprised by the magic of this wonderful and wild site. A catamaran charter in Calvi is the perfect way to explore this region steeped in history and culture. After all, Calvi’s coast is regarded as a sailing paradise. During heavy swells however, we advise you to take shelter in the picturesque port of Saint-Florent. Few ports are easily accessible around ‘Cap Corse’ and it is advised not to sail too close to the reef. However, you will be able to take shelter in the fishing port of Centuri or the port of Macinaggio.
Upper Corsica benefits from a privileged Mediterranean climate with almost 300 days of sunshine per year. Spring and early autumn are the ideal seasons for catamaran charters in North Corsica as the temperatures are pleasant and the ports and anchorages are less crowded. The prevailing wind in summer is north-westerly that rises in the late morning and falls in the evening.
Before your catamaran charter in Calvi, don't forget to go to the magnificent Notre Dame de la Serra which offers an exceptional view of Calvi Bay. Also, if you like jazz we advise you to charter in the month of June in order to enjoy the annual jazz festival here! Finally, it should be remembered that Calvi also offers the possibility to practise many nautical activities (such as diving) all along its 4km of beaches.
The climate in Corsica is very pleasant. Even in winter, the average temperature is 14°C (although it can sometimes drop to as low as 5°C). In summer, the maximum temperature is 30°C. Of course, Calvi is sunny all year round and it rarely rains! Concerning the winds, the speeds fluctuate, on average, between 10 km/h in August and 16 km/h in February.As a general rule of thumb, a catamaran charter in Calvi works best between April and October (with a preference for May/June and September/October) if you want to avoid the high-season influx!
June, July, August and September are the best months of the year to charter in Corsica: it’s hot but the sea winds cool the air. Navigation wise, Corsican seas are ‘a breeze’ but do beware of the somewhat rough waters around the ‘Cap Corse’ in the North and the ‘Bouches de Bonifacio’ in the South. Sailing in October or in low season will of course guarantee a very enjoyable and tranquil trip. Along the Mediterranean coast, many ports and anchorages are at your disposal for stopovers, refuelling and tourism activities (Port of Ajaccio, Porto-Vecchio, Bonifacio...). Visit Corsica and discover superb spots such as the Cala Francese beach, the Canuseddu creeks, the Jumelles de Galets and the Dragon's Cave!
Are you looking for the perfect sailing boat for you and your family? Opt for a catamaran in and you’ll hardly notice the rolling waves underneath. Paired with comfort, the stability of a catamaran allows you to enjoy long days of cruising without getting tired. It's a great opportunity to sunbathe on the trampolines on the front deck. What’s more, book worms will be able to sift through their novel in peace!
Take a flight to Calvi Sainte-Catherine (CLY) Airport. Direct flights are available from several French cities including Paris, Marseille and Nice. UK flights are available from London, Glasgow, Manchester and more. From here, you can then take a taxi directly to the city centre (less than 20-minute car journey). But it is also possible to take the ferry from Toulon or Nice in Mainland France or Savona in Italy. Of course, regional bus providers link up Calvi with various other cities and towns in Corsica.
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