Sardinia & Corsica Sailing Adventure
Set sail across some of the clearest, bluest water on earth on this relaxing nautical adventure in Italy. Island-hop from Portisco to Bonifacio, stopping to snorkel among the coves of Caprera, swim in the archipelago, or find a quiet spot on a white sandy beach in Isola Santo Stefano. Climb the King Aragon Steps in Corsica, bush walk through wild national parks, or cruise Maddalena Island on two wheels. The beauty of a sailing adventure is that each day you wake in a new spot, with the freedom to do as much or as little as you please.
Travel Dates: From 27/07/2019 to 26/09/2020
Duration: 8 days
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- Swim in the crystal clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, and explore the ancient citadel of Bonifacio
Hike the wild landscape of Isola Caprera, and cycle around the lively city of La Maddalena
Overnight boat (7 nts)
Age: min 15
Group Size: 1 - 9
Day 1: Olbia
This land resembles no other place. Sardinia is something else. Enchanting spaces and distances to travel-nothing finished, nothing definitive. It is like freedom itself. – DH Lawrence. Meet the Skipper at 16:00 at the Café Principe Umberto in Olbia which located on the NE Coast of Sardinia. A short drive (approximately 20 min) will bring you to the Yacht which will be located in Portisco. The first port of call is then the local supermarket to buy supplies for your trip as a group. If you have any special dietary requirements, please make sure you notify us at the time of booking so we can accommodate your requests. We settle on the boat that will be our home for the next 8 days and spend the first night in Portisco on the Costa Smeralda. Fifty years ago the coast north of Olbia was farmland that was until a group of well heeled business purchased the strip of coast and turned it into a millionaires playground, the Costa Smeralda or Emerald Coast. Called so because of the green-blue colour of the water. The rest of the trip we will be among the beautiful marine reserve of Sardinia and Corsica and their small islands. ***The beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we are flexible on the day's itinerary***
Day 2: Isola Caprera
This morning we set sail for Caprera Island where we have time to take a dip and go for our first snorkel of the trip. This island has been declared a natural reserve for the particular species of seabirds living on it (royal seagull, cormorant and peregrine falcon). The island's name is linked to that of Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian patriot and fighter who lived in the 19th century and was one of the fathers of the Italian independence. He bought the island in 1855 and died there in 1882. His house is now a museum and a memorial chapel and the island itself is a national monument. Caprera is linked to La Maddalena island by a 600 metre long causeway. The island was probably given its name because of the numerous wild goats living on it (capra means "goat" in Italian).
Day 3: Bonifacio (Corsica)
It is time to cross the Bocche di Bonifacio (strait of Bonefacio), famous for a strong wind from north west, the Mistral. Our destination is Bonifacio (18 kms) located on the French governed Island of Corsica. Bonifacio is an ancient fortified city where according to tradition you must buy one of the famous knives. Bonifacio is a star attraction in Corsica, drawing visitors from all over the island and overseas to marvel at its medieval houses precariously teetering on the edge of the imposing limestone cliffs.Bonifacio's Old Town, with a labyrinth of narrow streets and historic buildings, was built by the Genoese and is a fascinating place to wander around. Founded in 828 AD by Count Bonifacio of Tuscany, it's natural harbour bears a striking resemblence to the home of the Laestrygonians referred to in Homer's Odyssey of the 7th century BC. Bonifacio also boasts a busy marina filled with impressive yachts and lined with chic bars, restaurants and hotels, enhancing the vibrancy of this fashionable coastal resort. Add to this the fact that Bonifacio is close to several idyllic, unspoiled Corsican beaches as well as staggeringly beautiful mountains, and you have a near perfect, varied holiday destination. A good dinner in one of the traditional little restaurants in the old town will be a great way to an unforgettable day.
Day 4-7: Isola Lavezzi & Maddalena Archipelago
Depending on the weather conditions we spend the afternoon and night in Lavezzi. Lavezzi is located in the middle of the Bonifacio strait and known to be a little paradise where the nature is well intact. We continue exploring the Maddalena Archipelago with possible stops in the Islands of Spargi, S.Stefano and anchor for the night in Budelli. The water here is crystal clear. Un-inhabited islands are surrounded with great snorkelling opportunities and walking trails. Set sail to Maddalena Island. The yacht will be docked in the center of the lively town of Maddalena. Here we have the option to rent e-and normal bikes to explore the island. The town has lots of small stores, cafes, bars and restaurants. The Island of Caprera was home of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the Italian freedom fighter, that established his presence on the island and spend his final days here. Caprera and Maddalena are connected by a bridge. We will then head back to Olbia in the afternoon of day 7 for our last night.
Day 8: Olbia
Relax on board this morning before this unforgettable adventure comes to an end at around 11 o’clock. Sardinia has so much to offer and as we've only touched the coast on this trip we recommend you book a couple of extra days pre or post your sailing adventure to explore inland and further south. Some recommended areas are: Porto Istana, Porto Brandinchi or Porto San Paolo (Tavolara Island) which you can find about 20kms south of Olbia. Pittulongu beach area which is about 8 kms north of Olbia The rural village of San Pantaleo is about 5kms inland from Portisco
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