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Home Magazine A 7-day sailing trip along the west coast of Corsica from Ajaccio

A 7-day sailing trip along the west coast of Corsica from Ajaccio

From Alexandra Sassen « Alexandra

Editor of Filovent magazine. "I was born and raised in the seaside town of Bremerhaven in Germany and joined Filovent to share my passion for boats and sailing with you! "

"Corsica is a dream island". tells Mehmedali, who went sailing in July for a week with 10 other friends in Corsica from Ajaccio.

In this article you will learn more about their itinerary and the highlights of their navigation.

  1. A sailing trip in Corsica aboard an Oceanis 48
  2. 7-day sailing itinerary from Ajaccio
  3. Tip of the group for the trip

Mehmedali is already an experienced skipper and decided, together with his group of friends, to rent a Oceanis 48. The sailboat from 2018 offers space for 12 passengers on its 14.8 metres in length. It should be noted that two of the 12 berths are in the saloon.

oceanis 48
The Oceanis 48 (Source: Beneteau)

The sailing route of the group from Ajaccio

Boat pick-up in Ajaccio

Day 1 : Ajaccio → Coggia (22 nautical miles, 1 hour 30 minutes)

Day 2 : Coggia → Bussaglia (22 nautical miles, 1 hour 30 minutes)

Day 3 : Bussaglia → Calvi (26 nautical miles, 1 hour 45 minutes)

Day 4 : Calvi → Galèria (15 nautical miles, 55 minutes)

Day 5 : Galèria → Vico (28 nautical miles, 1 hour 50 minutes)

Day 6 : Vico → Ajaccio (22 nautical miles, 1 hour 30 minutes)

Boat drop off in Ajaccio

Sailing route in corsica
The route of the group (clickable map)

Day 1: Ajaccio → Coggia (22 nautical miles, 1 hour 30 minutes)

On the first day of the trip, the group set out from Ajaccio to Coggia. The beach of Saint Joseph is known for its picturesque beauty. It offers fine sand and clear, turquoise water, which invites you to swim and sunbathe. The surrounding cliffs and the Mediterranean vegetation give it a charming atmosphere.

Day 2: Coggia → Bussaglia (22 nautical miles, 1 hour 30 minutes)

On the second day we continued from Coggia to Bussaglia. The beach is located on a idyllic place, surrounded by picturesque mountains and impressive cliffs, which make a breathtaking view. The coastline is flat and the water crystal clear with an enchanting turquoise colour. The beach consists of brown pebbles, so it is recommended to wear special shoes to get in and out of the water comfortably, as the entrance can be quite steep. It is a versatile beach that appeals to different groups of visitors. Despite its merits, the beach is pleasant during the season relaxed and not overcrowded.

Punta di a Guardiola
Punta di a Guardiola between Coggia and Bussaglia (Source: Mehmedali)

Day 3: Bussaglia → Calvi (26 nautical miles, 1 hour 45 minutes)

The route continues from Bussaglia to Calvi. Calvi is a wonderful town on the northwest coast of Corsica. On the way they also visit the City of Girolata, which, as Mehmedali reports, is a "Dreamlike village". Girolata is a small village and a Nature reserve on the west coast of Corsica, near the Scandola nature reserve. Since it can only be reached by boat or on foot, Girolata has its wild charm preserved and is a popular destination for Nature and hiking lovers. Girolata is a real gem in Corsica, which offers its visitors a unique experience and insight into the unspoilt nature of the island. Here the group eats in the restaurant Le Bon Espoir. Incidentally, you can also rent a boat from Calvi.   
The marina of Calvi is an lively place with many restaurants, cafés and shops along the waterfront. It is a great place to stroll and enjoy the Mediterranean ambience. Calvi is a place with a rich history, breathtaking landscapes and a variety of leisure activities.

Day 4: Calvi → Galèria (15 nautical miles, 55 minutes)

After the stopover in Calvi, the group continues on its way to Galèria. Galèria is a paradise for Nature lovers and travellers who like the unspoiled beauty of the Corsican nature. The relaxed and idyllic atmosphere of the place makes it a wonderful destination for a relaxing holiday amidst the fascinating landscape of Corsica.

Galèria coast
The coast of Galèria (Source: Adobe Stock)

Day 5: Galèria → Vico (28 nautical miles, 1 hour 50 minutes)

The coast of Vico is known for its untouched beauty and offers visitors a variety of activities to enjoy the spectacular scenery and the clear Mediterranean waters. It is a wonderful destination for nature and beach lovers who want to experience the quieter and less touristy side of Corsica. The Vico coast is known for its impressive rocky coves, known as calanques. These steep rock formations often extend deep into the sea and provide spectacular views and unique natural landscapes. Here, like Mehmedali and his group, you can enjoy activities such as Stand-up paddling and Snorkelling explore nature and enjoy the beautiful water.

Day 6: Vico → Ajaccio (22 nautical miles, 1 hour 30 minutes)

On the last day of sailing, the group was already heading back to Ajaccio, to refuel the boat before it is returned, as the group continued their travel on the Boat return day to the south on corsica, where they spent another week on land.

The view from the boat (Source: Mehmedali)

Tips from the group:

  • One of the most beautiful anchorages was the one in Sagone, there you can also moor at the buoy for about 70€
  • In addition, the group has found the anchorage in Girolata very beautiful, here the anchorage also costs approx. 70€
  • The route was prepared in advance by Mehmedali with the book Cruising guide Corsica - Sardinia - Elba" and several websites.


Thank you very much Mehmedali for the feedback! Thank you for sending us the photos which allow us to share some memories of the sailing trip.

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