Cruising to Corsica

26th May 2017

The French island of Corsica may sit closer to the western coast of Italy than southern France, but its culture and history is distinctively different. Once home to Napoleon, this stunning island is home to many charming towns, architectural wonders and golden beaches.

Throughout the summer season of 2017, Star Clippers will operate a number of western Mediterranean itineraries – with selected itineraries providing the opportunity to visit this unique island. Sailing on board the magnificent five-masted Royal Clipper, you will be able to visit a number of smaller ports that are otherwise inaccessible to larger vessels and arrive in style into each one of them. This week, we take a closer look at eight Corsican ports of call to keep an eye open for on Star Clippers itineraries this summer.



Going back to Napoleon, it is worth noting that the French military and political leader was born in Ajaccio in 1769. As you may expect, there are many sites situated throughout the city dedicated to him including a number of statues and museums. One particular museum of interest is actually based within the home in which Napoleon once lived – now open to the public as a museum.

Bastia (Old Town)


Bastia presents the feeling of a traditional Mediterranean old town, which has been remarkably preserved. Gracious Italianate buildings will transport you back to the 19th century, while the Vieux Port, which is filled with many luxurious yachts, provides a beautiful area for a stroll in the sun.



Dramatically perched upon towering white cliffs is the dazzling port of Bonifacio, which offers a distinctively Italianate feel. This bustling port is home to a modern arena and a number of exquisite seafood restaurants, while the ancient citadel is well worth visiting. Bonifacio is also the oldest town in Corsica, where cobbled streets will lead you on a journey of narrow streets and intriguing architecture.



Napoleon once said that he would be able to tell if he was home even if he was blindfolded. A strong aroma of maquis – a Mediterranean shrubland biome – within Calvi remains apparent within the areas to this day. Surrounded by a beautiful mountainous landscape, Calvi is home to a charming Citadel of friendly locals, fine restaurants and colourful shops.

L’Ile Rousse

L'Ile Rousse

Seeing the luxurious yachts docked within L’Ile Rousse will give you an idea of the exclusivity of this prestigious area. A stroll along the harbour of St. Florent will unravel the regatta of colours on display in Lile Rousse, while an excursion to the peninsula of Cap Corse provides an opportunity to visit a range of cliff-based medieval watchtowers.



Palombaggia is highly regarded as being the most famous beach on the island of Corsica – regularly receiving the accolade as one of the Top 10 best beaches in Europe. This instantly becomes clear upon seeing the beautiful combination of powder sands and crystal clear waters – which are also very popular with windsurfers and kayakers.


Porto, Corsica

Porto is one of the many destinations that is symbolic of the benefit of cruising with Star Clippers. The smaller-sized vessels of the Star Clippers fleet are able to access a range of more remote destinations and this scenic delight is a real gem. Combining lush-green mountainous countryside with beautiful beaches, you will be in awe of this mesmerising destination. Admire a range of natural landmarks that include the red cliffs of Calanche de Plana and the Gorges de Spelunca.

Porto Vecchio

Porto Vecchio

The town of Porto Vecchio is made up of three contrasting areas: the citadel, old town and the glistening marina. Within the citadel, you will find an old town consisting of many 16th century buildings that date back to when Corsica was controlled by the Genoese. Alternatively, you can relax in one of the many cafes that line the marina and soak in your surroundings.

Throughout the summer season, Star Clippers will be offering a variety of itineraries within the western Mediterranean – all of which will enable you to travel to a number of spectacular destinations in traditional style. In addition to the western Mediterranean, the Star Flyer will be operating itineraries in the eastern Mediterranean, while the Star Clipper will operate a new range of itineraries in Southeast Asia.

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