Mediterranean Cruise Advice

Cruises to Corsica

Corsica – a French island located to the west of Italy, home of Napoleon Bonaparte

 

Cruises to Corsica call at two main ports – Ajaccio and Calvi, both are easily explored on foot which allows a visitor to get to know the place and to visit the many local museums and churches.

Corsica has a natural beauty which is hard to beat.

A lot of the island is wild with an abundance of wildflowers whose fragrance can waft out to sea leading to early sailors referring to the island as “the scented isle”.

Corsica and Ajaccio has a long history with the sea, the Romans first set sail for Corsica in the 3rd century. By the 15th century the island was controlled by the Genoese with the port of Ajaccio being established in 1492.

In 1768 the island was sold to France.

A year later the most famous son of Corsica, Napoleon Bonaparte was born to a middle class family in Ajaccio. Bonaparte’s memory lingers on in Ajaccio in the street names, statutes and monuments.

Corsica has changed hands many times with it being controlled by the French, English and during the Second World War by the Italians and Germans. Post war the island returned to French control.

 

Statue of Napoleon - Cruises to Corsica

Statue of Napoleon, Ajaccio

 

There is no better way to visit Calvi than by cruise ship.

As you moor in the bay and go ashore by tender to be dropped off under the towering citadel.

Calvi is a full of designer boutiques and restaurants with a 4 mile stretch of beach just a 10 minute walk from the cruise terminal.

Most of the cruises that visit Calvi will offer at least a half day trip to explore the beautiful mountainous landscape and coastline which have made Corsica famous as a holiday destination.

 

Thomson Dream in Calvi - Cruises to Corsica

Thomson Dream moored off Calvi

 

Some Corsica cruises will call at Bonifacio on the southern tip of Corsica.

Bonifacio is the oldest town on Corsica and contains a labyrinth of narrow streets filled with historic Genoese buildings, which is a fascinating place to wander around.

You can also stare in wonder at the medieval houses teetering on the edge of the cliffs.

 

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