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From Porto: Calanche de Piana and Capo Rosso Boat Tour

1. From Porto: Calanche de Piana and Capo Rosso Boat Tour

Leave Ota behind and immerse yourself in the beautiful coastal landscape of the Corsica region. Embark on a relaxing boat trip to the Calanche de Piana and Capo Rosso. Come across a wide array of striking natural formations and hear all about their origins. Climb aboard a 12-seater boat in Porto and start out with a thorough safety briefing from your captain. Listen to insightful commentary as you discover the surrounding scenery and enjoy the possibility to stop for a swim, depending on weather conditions. Arrive at the Calanche de Piana and Capo Rosso to discover imposing sea caves, majestic granite rocks, and even a natural pool. Let go of your worries as you surround yourself with nature and sit back on the return trip to Ota.

Ajaccio: Town Highlights and Coast Open-Top Bus Tour

2. Ajaccio: Town Highlights and Coast Open-Top Bus Tour

Enjoy a 360-degree view of the Imperial Town with an open top bus. Depart from the Square Foch, drive along the De Gaulle Square with the statue of Napoleon with his four brothers. Then cruise along Austerlitz Square and see the Casone monument dedicated to Napoleon I.  Continue your discovery along the coastal road of the Sanguinaires to enjoy the beautiful sights over Ajaccio bay. Arrive at the Parata point for a 20-30 minute stop and appreciate the exceptional panorama over the archipelago.

From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Sanguinaires Islands Sunset Tour

3. From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Sanguinaires Islands Sunset Tour

Visit the bay of Ajaccio with a stopover on the main island of Iles Sanguinaires Mezzu Mare. Enjoy a tasting of Corsican wine and charcuterie at sunset with commentary from the captain on the legends of the Iles Sanguinaires archipelago. Meet your captain and board a unique vessel favored not only by the army and the police, but also narco-traffickers. Known for its speed and overall robustness, discover an adventure aboard a boat designed to take on all kinds of weather and conditions. Hear the tales of woe and extraordinaire from your captain as you ride the 4X4 of the seas toward the Iles Sanguinaires archipelago. Take in the gorgeous natural scenery and get into the adventure.

Cargèse: Scandola, Girolata, and Piana Afternoon Boat Tour

4. Cargèse: Scandola, Girolata, and Piana Afternoon Boat Tour

Discover the west coast of Corsica between Cargese and Scandola from a comfortable passenger boat. Enjoy the intense colors of the afternoon on the red rocks, the blue water and the green maquis. From the port of Cargese, start for an incredible journey. As soon as you leave the port, admire the Omigna tower, entirely renovated a few years ago. Then head to Arone and its long sandy beach . Start by discover the tiny cave located at the very start of the Capo Rosso, when the rock change of color. Along the coast, the water is so clear that you can appreciate the seabed by transparency. Enter the bay of monk seal, also called the "swimming pool" because of its so blue and clear water. Admire the huge nests of the fish-eagle, a protected specie. Go trough the Arch of Capo Rosso and continue to the Reserve of Scandola, by the Gulf of Porto. Enter the Reserve of Scandola and go into the faults in the very heart of the rock. Admire the landscape made of volcanic rock. Listen to the comments of the captain about the geological formations and the history of the site and let your imagination run wild in front of the strange shape of the stone. Navigate into the waters of the Reserve and discover the island of Gargalo, the extreme west point of Corsica. Reach the Gulf of Elbo and try to see the grouper that is often encountered in the faults, as the oblades and many others species. Enjoy the shimmering glint of the sun on the sea at the feet of the cliffs. Make a 40-minute break on land in the surprising village Girolata. Take benefits of a walk towards the old fort or just rest on the sand of the beach. Girolata is really small and authentic because it is only accessible by boat or by a footpath. Take the way back and enjoy the magnificent colors of the end afternoon, the best time of day for pictures. Have a look to Capo Senino on the return and experience the discovery of the red rock of the Calanques de Piana with the colors of the sunset. Enjoy the arrival at Cargese, illuminated at nightfall.

Porto: Half-Day Cruise Scandola Reserve & Calanche de Piana

5. Porto: Half-Day Cruise Scandola Reserve & Calanche de Piana

With its serene natural beauty, the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Scandola Peninsula is a must-see on this half-day cruise from Porto. Discover the Gulf of Porto in its entirety as you cruise to highlights and watch nature at its finest under the setting sun. Enjoy commentary from your captain. Set out from Porto in the afternoon on board a sleek cruiser and settle in with your captain, who will also serve as your guide. Head towards the Scandola Nature Reserve by way of the Gulf of Girolata. As you approach the nature reserve, marvel at the clear waters and rock formations. Continue cruising in this remote place while you take in the many types of birds, including cormorants and eagles, and hear about the local, protected plants from your captain. You may also see marine life. Further on, visit the Calanche de Piana, with its strikingly unique vistas. Finally, travel to the Capo Rosso and its "swimming pool." Named for the remarkable pink granite rocks, admire the cape's spectacular shades of red rock and blue waters. Depending on the weather, pause for a swim in this wonderful setting before returning to shore in Porto. 

Corsica: Guided Sea Trip From Porto-Ota

6. Corsica: Guided Sea Trip From Porto-Ota

Let yourself be carried away by the magic of the beach and mountain landscapes in Porto Orta. Embark on a hybrid sightseeing boat specially designed to protect flora and fauna. The electric propulsion allows it to navigate in protected areas without polluting emissions or noise pollution.  Choose to take an excursion in the turquoise waters of Calanche de Piana and Capo Rosso and their impressive panoramas, or opt to sail to the Scandola nature reserve and its paradisiacal village of Girolata where you can take a dip in the crystal-clear waters.  Or select the complete tour of the Gulf of Portowhere you'll discover the most beautiful wild and protected areas of the Isle of Beauty.

From Ajaccio/Porticcio:Ajaccio & Sanguinaires Gulf Boat Tour

7. From Ajaccio/Porticcio:Ajaccio & Sanguinaires Gulf Boat Tour

Embark on a boat tour and take in sights along the north shore of Ajaccio, including the Tino Rossi house, the Greek chapel, the Marin cemetery and the Citadel. See the Parata tower and the Sanguinaires islands, a Natura 2000 site. During the tour, enjoy commentary about Ajaccio Bay and the history of the city. Stop at Mezumare, the largest island in the Sanguinaires archipelago, accessible only by boat. The island is home to a number of rare animal species. Enjoy a 1-hour stopover for a swim, or for a walk to the Alphonse Daudet lighthouse and semaphore. You'll also see the ruins of the Lazaretto, used by coral fishermen, in quarantine after returning from Africa.

Ajaccio or Porticcio: Scandola Nature Reserve Boat Tour

8. Ajaccio or Porticcio: Scandola Nature Reserve Boat Tour

Set sail from Ajaccio or Porticcio on a full-day boat tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Scandola Nature Reserve and the Gulf of Porto. Experience one of the last Mediterranean enclaves to provide shelter for endemic flora and birdlife. Stop in the coastal village of Girolata and explore the secluded village for 2 hours. Find a nice restaurant for lunch or enjoy a picnic on the beach. In the winter, the village becomes a virtual backwater with only about 15 residents. Then, venture into the Calanche de Piana to discover an outstanding landscape of pink granite rocks shaped over the centuries by changes in temperature, strong winds, and sea spray. Explore the geological diversity and unique location of the rocks that give a particular aspect to the area.

From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Day Trip to Bonifacio by Boat

9. From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Day Trip to Bonifacio by Boat

Discover the dramatic landscapes of the south coast of Corsica aboard a cruise boat from Ajaccio on a full-day tour to the commune of Bonifacio and its legendary rock formations. Cruise into the Valinco Gulf for breathtaking views of the coast. See the famous lion-shaped rock of Roccapina and more. Benefit from an informative commentary on the history of Corsica and its traditions along the way. Get a closer look at the rock carving of the Staircase of the King of Aragon, dug by Alfonso V's troops in a single night during the unsuccessful siege of Bonifacio in 1420, according to legend. Marvel at the sea caves in the shape of Napoleon's Hat and the sea stack of the Grain de Sable. Upon arrival in Bonifacio, get 4 hours to explore at leisure and find a nice place for lunch. Catch the mini-train from the port to the citadel in the upper town and back at your convenience. Located directly on the Mediterranean Sea, and separated from Sardinia by the Strait of Bonifacio, the commune is known for its idyllic beaches and towering cliffs.

From Ajaccio: Sanguinaires Islands Boat Trip With Aperitif

10. From Ajaccio: Sanguinaires Islands Boat Trip With Aperitif

Discover the most beautiful sites in Corsica on a boat tour from Ajaccio or Porticcio. Board a semi-rigid speed boat with a qualified captain. Watch the sunset over the Sanguinaires Islands archipelago, enjoy a swimming break, and enjoy some wine and an aperitif on board. Depart Ajaccio and reach the Sanguinaires Islands in 30 minutes. Dock for about 1 hour at Grande Sanguinaire. Visit the lighthouse on foot and take in 360 degree views from the top. Then, take a swimming break in the crystal clear waters. When you return, enjoy a charcuterie tasting and rosé wine prepared by your captain. Listen to the sounds of Corsican polyphonies as you take in the Mediterranean scenery surrounding you. Spend some more time relaxing in the warm, crystalline waters and then return to Ajaccio or Porticcio.

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What people are saying about Corsica

The visit was nice the walk was not too long but we were able to take some nice pictures the guides served us a friendly aperitif but what I preferred was when we left with this magnificent sunset and Corsican songs

We loved being able to go at our own pace. The electric bikes were great, and the trip to "the tower" was delightful. Things got a little "hairy" in town with the traffic, but we were able to navigate it.

It was an amazing experience. Right from pick up to dune bashing belly dancing and almost everything else in the activity. Good job by the entire team. Keep it up.

very good off road driver. Comfortable 4x4 car. Driver was also a guide and gave a tour more personal touch.

Beautiful boat-trip! The moment of the sunset including the music was amazing. The boat is quite fast :-)