POPULAR SAILING DESTINATIONS FROM LA SPEZIA
Cinque Terre, Italian Riviera and French Riviera
The Ligurian coast, also called the Italian Riviera, is with its wine covered rocky slopes and many neat fishing villages, one of the most picturesque angles of Italy. It offers crystal clear waters frequented by dolphins, unique natural bays and beaches, many of which you can only reach by boat.
The coastline of Cinque Terre, which is a UNESCO Marine Heritage offers plenty of mooring boys, free of use for our clients. Take one of them, go ashore and explore the picturesque villages before heading up north to the adorable towns Sestri Levante, Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure and world famous Portofino.
Continuing further west along the coast we reach the Principality of Monaco and the French Riviera “Côte d’Azur”, with its famous towns like Nice, Cannes and St Tropez, where it’s possible to anchor up outside the villages or dock in harbor.
Sailing on the Italian Riviera is suggested for one week charters.
Sailing on the French riviera is suggested for two week charters.
The beautiful island of Corsica is only 70 nautical miles away from La Spezia. This means that departing at 7:30 pm you will be at the northern tip of Corsica at 8 am.
The most interesting part of Corsica is the western coastline which offers a stunning nature with grottos, impressive rock formations and some amazing beaches. The crystal clear sea and good wind conditions has made Corsica one of the most appreciated sailing destinations.
Interesting places to sail to on the north western part are Centuri, Saint Florent, Calvì and Girolata which is in the middle of the breathtaking nature reserve of Scandola.
Going further south we suggest a night in Napoleon’s native town Ajaccio, and stops in the many beautiful bays between Propriano and the amazing town of Bonifacio.
Sailing in Corsica is suggested for one or two week charters.
La Spezia is situated right on the border to Tuscany. The Tuscan coast is characterized by wide streched beaches and towns like Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio.
The first island of the Tuscan archipelago, the tiny Gorgona, is situated only 40 nautical miles south of La Spezia. About 20 miles further south you will reach the island of Capraia, which is a very popular sailing destination with a cute village to go ashore to.
Next stop is the island of Elba, a great sailing destination with a lot of beautiful bays to anchor up in and several cute villages around the coast.
Generally in one week of sailing you will do Elba, Gorgona and Capraia. If you rent the boat for two weeks you can continue down the Tuscan coast to the Maremma district, Argentario and the islands Giglio, Montecristo, Giannutri and Pianosa.
The Tuscan archipelago is reccomended for one or two week charters.
The island of Sardinia is an option if you want to extend your Corsica sail by another week or two. We would suggest that you spend at least the first 4-5 days of sailing going down the amazing western coast of Corsica which should absolutely not be missed out.
In Sardinia you will do the Arcipelago of Maddalena on the north eastern tip of the island, which offers good sailing and beautiful beaches. In high season the bays of Sardinia are often very crowded by boats and it can be difficult to find a berth in harbor. A good idea if you want to dock in harbor is to check the possibility of pre booking a berth.
While you are here you should definitely sail to Bonifacio on Corsica’s southern tip. However the harbor of Bonifacio is extremely busy in high season and to get a place it could be a good idea to try to book a berth in advance or to arrive in the morning or early in the afternoon.
Sailing in northern Sardinia is recommended for 2 or 3 week charters.