Itinerary: La Maddalena from Portisco – 1 week

1: Sat0Portisco. In the afternoon board your yacht in Portisco marina where you can purchase provisions. In the marina there are a few nice restaurants where everyone can relax.
2: Sun28Porto Palma. Leave Portisco Marina and sail along the legendary Costa Smeralda, heading north to La Maddalena National Park. The goal is the bay of Porto Palma in the south end of Caprera Island where you can pick up a buoy or anchor for the night. This bay is about 1000m wide but has no restaurants. However it's worth a trip ashore to take in the views across the archipelago, or to try out one of the many walks, before dining on board.
3: Mon16Maddalena. Today's destination is the Venetian style port of Maddalena. The direct route would be just a few nautical miles. But you can detour north to the island of Budelli. Here you can anchor on the south of the island and enjoy a swim in the stunning azure water. You would then sail south to the small harbour of Cala Gavetta at Maddalena where to moor for the night. The small town has many nice shops and restaurants. There is water and electricity in the harbour.
4: Tue19Rondinara Bay, Corsica. This requires you to cross the Strait of Bonifacio. Check the forecast before you go - severe winds are possible in the straits. Rondinara bay is framed by red rocks and pines. It is a nearly circular bay, almost completely ringed by white sandy beach; a beautiful setting. Anchor for the night, avoiding the 0.4m shoal in the middle of the bay! Dinner can be taken ashore at the beach restaurant.
5: Wed15Bonifacio, Corsica. Head south for a swim stop by the tiny island of Ile Piana, opposite the Lavezzi Islands. Turning west you will reach the fjord-like port of Bonifacio. It's worth getting in early as there's plenty to see. Highly recommended is the ascent to the citadel. From here you have great views of the fjord with its harbour, and the Strait of Bonifacio. Many restaurants can be found around the harbour and old town with Mediterranean and / or Corsican cuisine.
6: Thu19Caprera. It's back to Italy today but first a swim stop at Corsica's Lavezzi Islands, weather permitting. The islands are uninhabited and a tangle of pink rocks; a beautiful place. It's usually a downwind sail back to Sardinia. The destination, Cala Garibaldi, is a wide bay and a good anchorage. There are no restaurants, so another chance to test your on board catering skills.
7: Fri22Portisco. It's back to the home port with several options along the way for a final swim stop.
8: Sat0Disembark

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