Saint-Exupéry said that “The sun made so much love to the sea that they ended up giving birth to Corsica”. And it is true that this impressive French island has incredible natural landscapes that will make any visitor fall in love. Not for nothing did the Greeks called it “The Sublime” (Kallisté) and the French “Island of Beauty” (Ile de Beauté). Do you want to discover it aboard Takara?
If you want to see a real natural spectacle, do not miss the incredible sunset of the Archipel des Sanguinaires (archipelago of the Sanguinary Islands): when the sun, reflected in the porphyry red rocks, dyes the landscape intense reddish colour, hence the name “Sanguinary Islands”. In addition, these islands, located in the Gulf of Ajaccio, are also a very popular place for diving and recognized by the European Union (Red Nature 2000) as a natural reserve of endemic flora and fauna.
In Porto-Vecchio, where the Corsican mountains join the sea, we find a natural harbour sheltered from the wind, amidst beautiful hills covered with pines and cork oaks. Strolling through the romantic Porto Vecchio, discovering its charming streets, fountains, vaulted paths and cosy squares is a pleasure. Furthermore, in September, it is well worth attending a unique show: the collection of salt; as Porto-Vecchio, also known as the “City of Salt”, is surrounded by spectacular salty marshes stretching over about ten hectares.
The beauty of the Scandola peninsula is truly spectacular. This place, unique in the world, is without a doubt one of the most spectacular natural wonders of Corsica (UNESCO World Heritage). Approaching Scandola aboard Takara and contemplating the rocks of volcanic origin, of ochre and reddish tones, that arise from the sea creating extraordinary forms and “tafoni” (cavities in the rock) is quite an experience.
The Calanques of Piana are, next to the peninsula of Scandola, enormous steep formations of granitic rock and orange in colour. Authentic sculptures of great beauty, created by nature, such as the famous “Heart in the mountains” or “tête de chien” (dog head), among others. Contemplating the beauty of this landscape from the sea does not leave anyone indifferent. In addition, on the way to Les Calanques, you can discover a succession of caves or “windows” until you reach the “Pool of Capo Rosso”, where you can marvel at the seabed with shades ranging from grey, to yellow, orange or red.
Bonifacio is, for many, the most beautiful and special city of Corsica. Approaching the port of Bonifacio from the sea and seeing its majestic citadel, located on top of limestone cliffs, is a real privilege. A stroll through Bonifacio is an exceptional journey into the past: among its narrow streets and squares you will discover treasures of great architectural value such as the bastion of l’Etendard, the churches of Saint-Dominique or Sainte-Marie-Majeure or the Publicu Palace, among others. And do not miss L’Ecalier du Roy d’Aragon, an unusual staircase with 187 steps with stunning views over the sea.