Sail the Tyrrhenian Sea
11th August 2016
Many holiday makers regard the Mediterranean as the most beautiful and culturally diverse region on earth. With a vast array of golden beaches, charming settlements, and fabulous local cuisine to sample, there is much to see and appreciate. Not many people realise, however, that the Mediterranean can actually be divided into 14 different regions – each of which has its own distinctive sea.
The Tyrrhenian Sea, which is located between the west coast of mainland Italy and the east coasts of the islands of Corsica and Sardinia, is one of the Mediterranean seas you can experience with Star Clippers. Sailing out of Civitavecchia, Rome, you will visit a number of destinations on the islands of Corsica and Elba, as well as along the southern coast of France. This week, we take a look at some of the highlights you will be able to experience whilst embarking on a traditional tall ship sailing around the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Bonifacio – Corsica
As you arrive into the charming port town of Bonifacio, you will notice a series of medieval houses sitting precariously close to the cliff edge. Wander the labyrinth of narrow streets that will take you through the Old Town and you will be able to admire the city’s impressive historic buildings. Its bustling marina greets many yachts throughout the year and is lined with a number of bars, which are the perfect place to head for a spot of people watching.
Portoferraio – Elba
Portoferraio is Elba’s largest city and its hilly terrain has resulted in many sloped settlements. The name “Portoferraio” means “Iron Port” in Italian and comes from the iron mills, which helped the city to grow quickly throughout the 19th century. These were built under Napoleon’s instruction, after his abdication and during his exile in Elba. One of the most noticeable features of the town is the historic walls, which were built in the 16th century to protect the city from pirates.
Bastia – Corsica
The commercial port town of Bastia is located towards the northeast of the island and is classified as a “Town of Art and History”. Bastia’s highlights can be divided among three regions: the old town, old harbour, and citadel. In the old town, you will see washing lines hanging from ancient shuttered windows, while a wander along the narrow streets will take you to the charming Place du March main square. There are two ports in Bastia, but the older of the two is the place to go if you’re looking to people watch from one a selection of bars. In the citadel, you will find stunning architecture in the form of the 14th century Governor’s Palace, and a number of churches.
St Margherita – Italy
Santa Margherita is reminiscent of a Riviera resort, where palm trees sway and a number of established hotels dominate the harbour. In addition to these hotels, you will also find a number of bars and restaurants. Of course, with it being a popular beach resort, there is often nothing better to do than sit on the golden sands and soak up the Mediterranean sun.
It goes without saying that Monaco is one of the most glamorous destinations on the Mediterranean coastline. Stunning architecture is finely blended with a modern marina to form a tiny and exclusive settlement that has attracted the rich and famous for decades. The Grand Casino in Monaco is one of the most spectacular on earth, with a vast array of ornate features including stained-glass windows and sculptures.
Cannes – France
From one glamorous destination to another, Cannes is renowned for attracting the rich and famous – particularly for the annual film festival. Cannes has a particular harbour and some of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean and offers fantastic opportunities to soak up the sun. Elsewhere in Cannes, you will find the Old Town, which is filled with narrow winding streets lined with restaurants and souvenir shops. If you want to soak it all in at a slower pace, head to the castle ruins and simply admire the mesmerising view.
Unlike other cruise lines, Star Clippers provide a nod to a bygone era of elegant and traditional tall ship sailing. The small size of each ship means that they are able to reach smaller ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. Sailing on board the Star Flyer, Star Clipper, Royal Clipper, you will be able to experience some of the world’s most beautiful and untouched destinations in regions such as the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Far East Asia.