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12-04-2012 02:14 PM
PCP
Re: hints for French Mediterranean?

That's about this:

"Weather conditions are usually benign during the summer, although the north and west coasts of the island are not good places to be if a mistral blows up, as there is a long fetch all the way from the coast of France. Seabreezes are mostly light along the coast, with the exception of the Strait of Bonifacio, where yachts will often encounter winds 2 or 3 Beaufort more than the prevailing breeze. A bracing 4/5 SE will often be experienced as a near-gale 6/7 as you near the Straits."

There are plenty of protected anchorages and marinas. I was talking about a passage to continental France with a fixed date. that could be a bad idea because that piece of sea is the one more exposed to the Mistral.

Check out this:

Corsica - a Cruising Guide on the World Cruising and Sailing Wiki

Check out on Google earth and you will find out plenty shelters with sandy beaches and turquoise waters.

Abc

Paulo
12-04-2012 01:44 PM
Renato
Re: hints for French Mediterranean?

Thank you everybody for your valuable tips!

@PCP
Gisele is my wife, and while she's looking at the entertainment affairs ;-) I am looking at some pilot charts of the area and noticed what you said about the mistral (= tramontana?) during summer. It's from N or WNW induced by a low pressure over the lion gulf right? If it happens and reach corsica are there sheltered anchorages in the island coast?

What about "levante" from E?
Should we expect it during summer time (jun/jul)?

abraços,
Renato
12-04-2012 12:18 PM
PCP
Re: hints for French Mediterranean?

Quote:
Originally Posted by gikimura View Post
Hi everyone, thanks for the replies!
Our idea is spreading among our friends and we´re currently a group of 9 people coming from Brazil, the US and France. We intend to get together in a week late June for a cruise in a catamaran.

Corse seems to be a unanimity amongst all. We´d like to take advantage of being on a boat and sleeping aboard to explore places you can´t go by car. Anyone who knows the Island of Beauty can reccommend best spots to visit (ex: north or south?)?

Apart from that, I´m looking for a nice place in land, nearby, to take a French course, perhaps a month long. Aix-en-Provence has been reccommended, but I´ll definitely check the spots PCP mentioned.

Salut!
Buy this:

Mediterranean France and Corsica: Amazon.co.uk: Rod Heikell: Books Mediterranean France and Corsica: Amazon.co.uk: Rod Heikell: Books



and you will have a lot of good recommendations.

One week is not much to know Corsica. Recommendations will depend where you are going to charter, I mean the port: 3days in a direction and 3 days back will not give you a big choice. Maybe you can do that for 15 days and in that case the possibilities are bigger.

I will recommend you to charter on Corsica. If you charter on mainland and sail to Corsica you can be surprised by the Mistral on the returning date and can have to face it. A Mistral is no joke and is not very predictable.

Saudações

Paulo
12-04-2012 09:49 AM
gikimura
Re: hints for French Mediterranean?

Hi everyone, thanks for the replies!
Our idea is spreading among our friends and we´re currently a group of 9 people coming from Brazil, the US and France. We intend to get together in a week late June for a cruise in a catamaran.

Corse seems to be a unanimity amongst all. We´d like to take advantage of being on a boat and sleeping aboard to explore places you can´t go by car. Anyone who knows the Island of Beauty can reccommend best spots to visit (ex: north or south?)?

Apart from that, I´m looking for a nice place in land, nearby, to take a French course, perhaps a month long. Aix-en-Provence has been reccommended, but I´ll definitely check the spots PCP mentioned.

Salut!
11-26-2012 06:25 PM
miatapaul
Re: hints for French Mediterranean?

I went to the University of Nice way back in 87. Spent a week in Corsica, it was great for a student's budget even spent a few few nights on the beach with nothing more than a beach towel and a rice mat. Nice was not too expensive either. Went to Cannes, worth a visit but not for very long. Villefranche is beautiful, as is Monaco. All can be done on a budget, food is was not too expensive if you were careful. I imagine the marinas though are very expensive, we did not have a boat of course. As long as you do like the locals it is not too expensive, but if you do it like the tourists, ouch!
11-26-2012 11:07 AM
Zanshin
Re: hints for French Mediterranean?

I lived and worked outside of Antibes, next to Juan les Pins and between Nice and Cannes. It is a wonderful area and worth exploring by car (or, in my case, by motorcycle). From the warm Med waters a short drive takes you up the Alps to Grasse (where they make pretty much all the French perfume and the industrial zone smells like Jasmine and roses, literally!) and further up to Opio and beyond.
Antibes is home to many, if not most, of the biggest yachts in the world and is worth seeing - lots of great restaurants and bars and even the hangout for the megayacht crews (a place called La Gaffe) is fun to visit.
11-24-2012 11:45 PM
bljones
Re: hints for French Mediterranean?

Corsica rocks! Seriously, if you have a rogue's heart, the cote d'azur will empty your wallet while corsica will fill your soul.
on the other hand , if you want the perception of safety that ameinites buys, sell your soul to cannes, nice and monaco.
11-24-2012 11:38 PM
PCP
Re: hints for French Mediterranean?

Yes MarK is right, the south of France is lovely. I know all those places he mention but they are absolutely crowded in the summer. I prefer go there in the sprig when it is not so crowded, by car not boat and as he says it is very expensive and very difficult to find a place to anchor near those places. To be true In the summer I prefer places like Arles, Aix-en-provence, Aigues Morts or Nimes, great places full of culture and cultural live and not so crowded. If you go there rent a car and don' go to hotels but try rural tourism. Look here for the nice places and explore the country side that is wonderful and not so crowded:

Gîtes ruraux et chambres d'hôtes, tourisme rural France - Toprural

Site officiel Gîtes de France®. 55 000 offres locations vacances en France

Corsica it is also expensive even if not so much but you will find more places to stay at anchor and it is a lot more savage, I mean it has not houses everywhere:





It has some very interesting and nice cities and villages: Ajaccio, Calvi, L'ille Rousse and Bastia are some of them.

Regards

Paulo
11-24-2012 04:23 PM
MarkofSeaLife
Re: hints for French Mediterranean?

If you have never been to France, or the Mediteranian before then I would suggest starting at the top.. The Côte d'Azur. From St Tropez, through Cannes, Antibes, Nice and on to Monaco...

The only hint about that area is to pack a little more money than you normally would. It can send millionaires broke, but can also be done without having to sell all your kids.


Villefranche, between Nice and Monaco. If they made villages any better than this they would be in a story book.
11-24-2012 09:57 AM
PCP
Re: hints for French Mediterranean?

The French call it the Island of beauty and it is a very hot spot (maybe the best) for them and you have Sardine just south of it (very few miles) that is also very beautiful. I have circumnavigated both Islands and I know what I am talking about.

But take into consideration that I don't know very well the Mediterranean French coast that I know has also some very good spots.

Regards

Paulo
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