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Overview and history

It is sometimes said that Corsica is the most beautiful island in the world... Be that as it may, Corsica is a world unto itself.

Subtle perfumes, sublime landscapes where fig, chestnut and almond trees rub shoulders with myrtle, rosemary and mugwort... but also lavender, pine and other scents of the maquis, exacerbated by exceptional colors and an impressive mountain range encircled by an emerald or turquoise sea, reveal this island of beauty.

But Corsica is also about flavors and scents, gastronomy and authentic products defended by a proud and welcoming people, respectful of a rich history, heritage and age-old traditions.

Nicknamed "Kallistea" (the most beautiful) by the ancient Greeks, Corsica is truly a mountain in the sea, with more than 100 peaks rising above 2,000 m and no less than 1,000 km of coastline, where sheer cliffs border calanques of white sand and crystal-clear water.

One-fifth of the surface area of the "Isle of Beauty" is covered by scrubland offering exceptional flora and fauna, with almost 120 endemic plants recorded. Yet this paradise is only 180 km from Nice, 85 km from Italy and barely 15 km from Sardinia.

Catlante offers you the shortest route to discover Corsica and its splendors: the sea aboard large catamarans reserved for all publics, whether or not they are experienced sailors.

The Libeccio, a characteristic Corsican wind, will take you on a cruise aboard a spacious catamaran to some of the most beautiful sites on the west coast, with its succession of wild beaches with turquoise waters, steep cliffs and deep coves, and almost deserted inlets, far from the hustle and bustle.

During your cruise, you'll admire fabulous Genoese towers and fortresses, but you'll also be delighted by the charming little villages with their picturesque charm.

The ideal playground for lovers of relaxation, discovery, diving, history and gastronomy, your crews will share with you their love of Corsica, whose authenticity has remained intact.

A trip to Corsica is also a wonderful gastronomic experience. This cuisine, with its scents of maquis herbs such as oregano, marjoram and thyme, gives game and terrines their characteristic taste. You're bound to fall for charcuterie made from free-range pigs fed on acorns and chestnuts: lonzu, coppa, prisutu or figatelli.

Sheep's milk and goat's milk cheeses are not to be outdone, including the inimitable Bruccio, used in numerous recipes for omelettes and tarts.

For those with a sweet tooth, marvellous pastries made with chestnut flour or honey will delight the palate.

Ajaccio, the Sanguinaires islands, Cap Corse, the Agriates desert, the Lavezzi islands and Bonifacio are just some of the magnificent anchorages awaiting you, depending on the catamaran cruise you choose.

You'll set sail from Ajaccio, a city marked by the imprint of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Head for the Iles Sanguinaires, a listed maritime site that is home to numerous seabirds and beautiful endemic flora.

You'll sail to the charming fishing port of Cargèse and the Scandola reserve, with its dizzying, scarlet-colored peaks.

Your cruise will take you to Girolata (one of the stops on the legendary GR20 long-distance hiking trail) and the Agriates desert, with its white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters that inevitably remind you of the Caribbean.

Depending on your choice of tour, you'll also have the chance to stop off in France's southernmost archipelago: the Lavezzi Islands. With around a hundred small islets, divers and hikers will discover a veritable paradise of sheltered beaches and turquoise waters.

Just a stone's throw from the Lavezzi Islands is the undeniable charm of Bonifacio, where wandering through its picturesque, unspoilt streets is a real treat. Typical restaurants and boutiques are sure to delight you.

Corsica is definitely a world of its own.

How to get there

Reach Ajaccio easily

By plane

- From Paris: Air Corsica / Easyjet / Air France

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

- 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

Things to know before you go

CATLANTE cruises depart from Port Ornano from mid-May to early October on Saturdays and Sundays.

For EU citizens: valid identity card or passport,

Boarding takes place at the Ornano port between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Disembarkation takes place in the morning on D+8 until 9 a.m. 
The catamarans are moored at the Quai des Torpilleurs, opposite 11 cours Jean Nicoli.

Cab to and from the airport: Manu Transport / [email protected] Parking DIAMANT Q-PARK, 2 Avenue Eugène Macchini, offers weekly passes at €70. Pick up your ticket at the pay station, park your car and go to the attendant's booth before leaving the parking lot to ask for the weekly pass. It is not possible or necessary to reserve a space.

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. Luggage storage is available at the Skipper bar, 11 cours Jean Nicoli. You can leave your luggage there for €5 a day.

Ajaccio's central market, mercatu d'Aiacciu, next to the Cours Napoléon, Place Campinchi, Saturdays and Sundays from 7am to 1pm.

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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Cruise in Southern Corsica

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Cruise in Northern Crosica

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