Corsica

Corsica, or La Corse, is located about 100 miles off the southeast coast of France in the Mediterranean Sea. Sardinia and Corsica are separated by the narrow strait of Bonifiacio.

Corsica is a place of wild natural beauty with pink granite rock that plunges into the sea from great heights, beaches of silver and golden sand and clear blue waters that surround the island.

Corsica's position in the Mediterranean means it is ideally located as a sailing destination. Neighbouring areas of interest include the French Riviera, Sardinia, and Tuscany.

The Gulf of Porto on the rugged west coast is a UNESCO world heritage site and offers great scenery, secluded deep anchorages and bays that are flanked by steep sheer cliffs.

On the East side is a fertile coastal plain that is dotted with swamps and lagoons. Inland you with find waterfalls that cascade from the peaks of the island, vivid mountains of red and orange granite, historic picturesque towns and plenty of restaurants that serve delicious local cuisine.

With a fabulous coastline, beautiful old ports and harbours Corsica is a great place to relax and unwind on your sailing holiday.

» Easily accessible (Direct flights from Europe)
» Varied and interesting sailing areas
» Breathtaking Scenery
» Several itinerary options
» Combine with a city stay
» Welcoming firendly people
» Picturesque harbours to historical ports

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Weather Conditions

Climate

General weather for Corsica

Corsica’s mild Mediterranean climate with hot summers and cool winters makes it one of France's sunniest regions.

The summer in Corsica can be hot and humid reaching average temperatures of 29°C in July and August. May, June and September regularly see day time temperatures in the pleasant mid 20s.

April and October can still be warm however, on these early and late summer nights it does cool down, often falling below 10°C.

In the peak of season Corsica receives eight to nine hours of sunshine a day. There is very little rainfall in the summer, making it ideal for holidays and charters. Prevailing winds are south-westerly, westerly and north-westerly.


Average Conditions - Corsica:


  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

High Temperature ( C )

13

13

14

17

21

25

27

27

24

21

17

13

Low Temperature ( C )

3

3

4

7

11

14

16

17

14

12

7

4

Precipitation (mm)

74

70

58

52

40

19

11

20

44

87

96

76

Average Sunshine Hours

4

5

6

8

10

11

12

11

9

7

5

5


Current Forecast:

North Corsica
Day Temp Wind Wave Vis Weather
Wed
22nd
15°C
N

3 kts

0.5 ft 2 km
Thu
23rd
15°C
WNW

2 kts

0.3 ft 1 km
Fri
24th
17°C
ENE

2 kts

0.7 ft 1 km
Sat
25th
19°C
SW

4 kts

0.3 ft 2 km

General Information

Language:  French is Corsica's official and working language, although many Corsicans are bilingual or trilingual, speaking Italian and the native Corsican language (Corsu), which you will regularly hear in Corsica's more rural areas.

Food and Drink: As with Corsica itself, the island's cuisine is best described as somewhere between French and Italian but there are also many aspects which are distinctly Corsican. The earthy style cooking takes its inspiration from the land, with sun-loving fruits and vegetables, cured meats and cheeses.

Groceries: The larger towns have a choice of supermarkets as well as smaller specialist shops and markets. Local specialities are available in the épiceries, boulangeries and charcuteries and for the opportunity to find out more about the products visit the centres of production such as the alpine bergeries or vineyards. Provisioning services are available to pre-order goods and have them delivered to your boat.

Corsica Souvenirs: There are souvenir shops in the main resorts but if you are looking for something traditionally Corsican then we suggest you try handicraft shops or craftsmen's workshops where efforts to revive the ancient arts of knife-making, pottery, stoneware, basket-weaving and glass-blowing are proving increasingly popular. 

Markets: Corsica offers a great variety of gastronomic delights including maquis-flavoured honey, a wide range of chestnut-based products, charcuterie and cheeses. The best place to sample and purchase local produce is at the lively colourful markets in the main towns.

Passport and Visas: For travel to Corsica, you will need a valid passport for all members of your party. If you are NOT a citizen of the UK, Ireland, another EU country, Switzerland, Canada or the USA, you may also need a visa.  Please contact the French Embassy for details.

Money and Currency:  As Corsica is part of France the currency used is the Euro (EUR).
Corsica can be expensive and a charter in Corsica may cost you more than some other islands in the Mediterranean however with higher prices comes less tourists and development, which means it has retained its charm and unspoilt nature where other parts of Europe have not.
Once there you will find a reasonable menu in most towns for around €20 (approx £17).  Supermarkets offer a wide range of goods but those not produced locally may be more expensive than the UK.

Travellers Cheques:  It is virtually impossible to change Travellers Cheques in Corsica so we do not recommend that you take them.
Credit cards are now very widely accepted - the exception being some of the restaurants in the mountain villages.
All of the banks have ATM machines for the withdrawal of cash.

Communications:  Mobile phone coverage is very good in Corsica with the exception of some more remote or mountainous areas. It is however, important to check with your network provider before you travel to make sure that your mobile is usable overseas, and to check any change in your call or text charges whilst abroad.
Internet Access:   There are Internet cafés widely available.

 

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