The Island of Corsica lies just over 100 miles Southeast of the French Riviera, it is closer to mainland Italy, than it is to France (55 Miles from Tuscany). Corsica is very different from Mainland France both physically and culturally. The Tall Granite mountains inevitably figure in any description of the island.
In Dorothy Carrington's pre-eminent book on Corsica, naturally called Granite Island, she describes her first view of Corsica as follows:
The Mountains surged into the sky, behind, beyond, above one another, ending in rows of cones and spikes and square topped knobs like gigantic teeth. Their lower slopes, smothered in vegetation, looked un-inhabited and impenetrable.
For Yachts cruising and Chartering in Corsica, the Mountains provide one of the most scenic and impressive back drops in the Mediterranean. In some places, the actual mountains are the coast. The Island is over 100 miles long from North to South and a yacht wishing to explore the multitude of bays and small harbours would need 2 to 3 weeks for a complete Charter. The Southern Tip of Corsica is 11 Miles from Sardinia and the Beautiful Madalena Islands.