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Overview and history

Welcome to the Tuscan archipelago, a group of islands bathed by the Tyrrhenian Sea, where wild nature blends harmoniously with the region's rich and fascinating history. Among these Mediterranean gems, the islands of Elba and Capraia stand out for their breathtaking natural beauty and unique cultural heritage. Embark on a catamaran cruise and discover the hidden treasures of these enchanting islands, where every port of call holds unforgettable surprises.

Elba, the largest of the Tuscan archipelago, is renowned for its diverse landscapes, from sandy beaches to secluded coves and rugged mountains. Its spectacular coastline is home to some of the most picturesque beaches on the Mediterranean, offering moments of total relaxation and disconnection.

Relax on the golden sandy beaches of Fetovaia and Cavoli, where the crystal-clear waters invite you to swim and enjoy water sports. Explore the hidden coves of Sansone and Capo Bianco, accessible only by boat or on foot, and marvel at the unspoilt natural beauty of these coastal paradises.

Elba's history dates back to antiquity, with traces of Etruscan and Roman occupation still visible today. However, it was mainly during the medieval period that the island enjoyed a period of prosperity, becoming a strategic center for maritime trade in the Mediterranean.

In the 16th century, Elba became a fief of the Medici family, who fortified the island to protect it from pirate invasions. These fortifications, including Forte Stella and Forte Falcone in Portoferraio, still stand today and offer visitors a glimpse into the island's tumultuous history.

Elba's port towns add a unique dimension to island exploration, with their Mediterranean charm, bustling harbors and rich historical heritage.

The island's capital, Portoferraio, is a true architectural gem, with its imposing ramparts, cobbled streets and historic buildings. Explore the lively city center, visit Napoleon Bonaparte's residence and enjoy panoramic views from the medieval fortress.

Nestled in an azure bay, Porto Azzurro is a charming town of colorful houses and narrow streets. Stroll along the waterfront, discover the artisanal boutiques and relax in one of the traditional taverns.

Perched on a hill overlooking the sea, Marciana is a true medieval gem, with its narrow streets and picturesque squares. Explore the medieval castle, admire the spectacular views from high above the town and soak up the authentic atmosphere of this unspoilt village. Don't forget to take the cable car to the top of Mont Capanne for a breathtaking view of the island and surrounding sea.

Less well known but just as captivating, the island of Capraia is a truly unspoilt jewel of the Mediterranean. Its wild, rugged landscape offers visitors a total immersion in nature, with sheer cliffs, secluded coves and crystal-clear waters.

Explore the charming village of Capraia, with its colorful houses and narrow streets, and discover the remnants of its turbulent past as a former penal colony. Hike through the island's national park, where a rich diversity of flora and fauna awaits you, and let yourself be enchanted by the wild beauty of this Mediterranean Eden.

A catamaran cruise through the Tuscan archipelago is an incomparable experience, offering total freedom to discover the hidden treasures of this fascinating region. Sail along rugged coastlines, stop off in secluded coves for a refreshing swim and admire spectacular sunsets over the Tyrrhenian Sea.

How to get there

Reach Bastia easily

By plane

-From Paris: Air Corsica / Easyjet

-From other major French cities: Air Corsica / Easyjet / Volotea / Transavia

-From Belgium: Air Corsica / Air France

-From Switzerland: Easyjet (Geneva)

-From Luxembourg: Luxair

By ferry

-From Toulon: Corsica Ferries

-From Marseille: La Méridionale / Corsica Linea

-From Nice: Corsica Ferries

Things to know before you go

CATLANTE cruises depart from the Macinaggio marina on Cap Corse every Saturday from June to September.

For EU citizens: valid identity card or passport,

Boarding takes place at Macinaggio marina at 6pm. Disembarkation takes place in the morning at 9am on D+8.

  • Cab & Transports : Transports Scaniglia : Bruno 0611536864
  • Saladini Anjou: Martine : 0620735209 / Olivier: 0610763822
  • City bus between Bastia airport and the city center (station next to the tourist office): €10 per person. 30 to 45mn journey depending on traffic.
  • Shuttle from downtown Bastia tourist office to Macinaggio: departure at 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • Shuttle from Macinaggio to Bastia town center tourist office: departure at 9am on Saturdays (1-hour trip)
  • PRICE: €25 per person per trip, in cash to the driver, booking through Catlante.
  • Parking: free at the SPAR supermarket in Macinaggio.

It's not advisable to take a large rigid suitcase, which won't be easy to stow in the cabin. Instead, use cabin-size luggage or travel bags/soft suitcases. In Bastia: €4 deposit per baggage item at the Hôtel Napoléon, 50m from the tourist office. There is no luggage locker at the Macinaggio marina, but you can leave your luggage on the quay in front of the boat if you arrive early.

Jet ski rental - Macinaggio beach

The local currency is the euro. The prefecture of southern Corsica is Ajaccio, the prefecture of northern Corsica is Bastia. Corsica's climate is Mediterranean, hot and dry in summer. At the beginning and end of the season, bring slightly warmer clothes for evenings and nights. The two main languages are Corsican and French.

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