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Sanguinaires Islands: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Ajaccio: Sanguinaires Islands Boat Trip With Aperitif

1. From Ajaccio: Sanguinaires Islands Boat Trip With Aperitif

Watch the sunset from one of Corsica's best locations on this boat trip departing from Ajaccio. Take in the beautiful Sanguinaires Islands from the water and enjoy the chance to explore Mezzu Mare, the largest one. Sip on a glass of wine and snack on a charcuterie board as you ride. Board your speedboat in Ajaccio and set sail for Mezzu Mare, where you will drop anchor. Stroll around the island and come across a 19th-century lighthouse providing panoramic views of the entire archipelago. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters or relax on the beach. Hop back on the boat for a delicious aperitif. Taste a charcuterie board served with Corsican rosé wine. Admire the vibrant colors in the sky as the sun sets over the Mediterranean Sea. Finally, take a scenic ride back to the port.

From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Sanguinaires Islands Sunset Tour

2. From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Sanguinaires Islands Sunset Tour

Visit the bay of Ajaccio with a stopover on the main island of Iles Sanguinaires Mezzu Mare. Enjoy a tasting of Corsican wine and charcuterie at sunset with commentary from the captain on the legends of the Iles Sanguinaires archipelago. Meet your captain and board a unique vessel favored not only by the army and the police, but also narco-traffickers. Known for its speed and overall robustness, discover an adventure aboard a boat designed to take on all kinds of weather and conditions. Hear the tales of woe and extraordinaire from your captain as you ride the 4X4 of the seas toward the Iles Sanguinaires archipelago. Take in the gorgeous natural scenery and get into the adventure.

From Ajaccio/Porticcio:Ajaccio & Sanguinaires Gulf Boat Tour

3. From Ajaccio/Porticcio:Ajaccio & Sanguinaires Gulf Boat Tour

Embark on a boat tour and take in sights along the north shore of Ajaccio, including the Tino Rossi house, the Greek chapel, the Marin cemetery and the Citadel. See the Parata tower and the Sanguinaires islands, a Natura 2000 site. During the tour, enjoy commentary about Ajaccio Bay and the history of the city. Stop at Mezumare, the largest island in the Sanguinaires archipelago, accessible only by boat. The island is home to a number of rare animal species. Enjoy a 1-hour stopover for a swim, or for a walk to the Alphonse Daudet lighthouse and semaphore. You'll also see the ruins of the Lazaretto, used by coral fishermen, in quarantine after returning from Africa.

Ajaccio or Porticcio: Sanguinaires Isles Sunset Boat Tour

4. Ajaccio or Porticcio: Sanguinaires Isles Sunset Boat Tour

The rugged coastline of the Sanguinaires Islands will come alive as you explore it with a local guide. Learn the history of the area as your guide points out lighthouses, semaphores, and Genoese towers in the distance. Learn some history about maritime navigation and fishing and hear stories of the 16th-century merchants who knew this area as the Sagonares Isolae. The Gulf of Ajaccio is home to 100 islands and you will explore the four islets that make up the Sanguinaire archipelago: Mezzu Mare, Arghja, Oca and Islet di Porri. Discover a protected area and see how nature has retaken its shores. At the end of the tour, watch the sun dip below the horizon before returning to the port in the comfort of a 1050 horsepower speedboat.

Sightseeing 1h30 - Tour from Ajaccio with Open Top Bus

5. Sightseeing 1h30 - Tour from Ajaccio with Open Top Bus

Enjoy a 360-degree view of the Imperial Town with an open top bus. Depart from the Square Foch, drive along the De Gaulle Square with the statue of Napoleon with his four brothers. Then cruise along Austerlitz Square and see the Casone monument dedicated to Napoleon I.  Continue your discovery along the coastal road of the Sanguinaires to enjoy the beautiful sights over Ajaccio bay. Arrive at the Parata point for a 20-30 minute stop and appreciate the exceptional panorama over the archipelago.

Ajaccio/Porticcio: Scandola and Calanches de Piana Day Trip

6. Ajaccio/Porticcio: Scandola and Calanches de Piana Day Trip

Embark on a day trip from Ajaccio or Porticcio and take a boat to explore the Scandola Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stopping in Girolata for a break. Then visit the Calanche di Piana and stop for a quick swim in the sea at Capo Rosso. Choose to start your tour of Corsica's UNESCO-listed Scandola Reserve from either Ajaccio or Porticcio. Hop on a boat, and set out to explore the Corsican coastline, with the village of Girolata as your first port of call. This small medieval village is surrounded by the wild landscapes of Corsica and can only be reached by boat or on foot. Explore the village at your leisure and enjoy lunch at one of the local eateries (cost not included). Then, hop back aboard your boat and set out to sea, crossing the Gulf of Porto to visit the Calanche di Piana. From here, make your way to Capo Rosso and go for a dip in the Tyrrhenian Sea. As your tour comes to an end, sit back, relax, and enjoy the panoramic views as your boat cruises back to Ajaccio or Porticcio.

Near Ajaccio: Sanguinaires islands Boat Trip Sunset Drinks

7. Near Ajaccio: Sanguinaires islands Boat Trip Sunset Drinks

Join a boat tour from Tiuccia, near Ajaccio at 20 kilometers, watch the sunset from one of Corsica's best locations on this boat trip to the entrance to the Gulf of Ajaccio. Get the chance to roam the largest of the Sanguinaires Islands, and enjoy a glass of wine or beer and a plate of charcuterie in a nearby creek, while traditional Corsican music plays on board.  Set sail for Mezzu Mare on a 12-seater boat, where you will moor for about an hour. Explore the island on foot and visit a 19th-century lighthouse for panoramic views of the entire archipelago. Take a dip in the turquoise waters in a nearby wild creek for more tranquility, and stay to the sunset. Listen to your captain as he shares stories and fun facts about the landscape and history. Marvel at the dazzling sunset before returning back to port.

Ajaccio: Full-Day Corsica West Coast Guided Boat Tour

8. Ajaccio: Full-Day Corsica West Coast Guided Boat Tour

Discover the West Coast of Corsica's natural highlights on this full-day tour from Ajaccio. Visit the Scandola Nature Reserve and Calanques de Piana, as well as some of the area's small islands and villages like Girolata and Ficajola, before admiring the sunset with some charcuterie and rosé wine. Set sail from the convenient meeting point with your guide. Head to Scandola Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the island of Gargalo through to the cathedral fault and learn about the local wildlife. Then visit Girolata, a small fishing village built around an 18th century fort accessible only by sea. Here you can enjoy some free time to meet the wild cows that live in the village. Stop at the cove of Ficajola, then at the Calanques de Piana, a natural rock formation and UNESCO World Heritage site. Swim at Cala di Pala cove and dive from the cliffs. Dock at the Sanguinaires Islands and swim or visit the lighthouse, then enjoy an aperitif of local charcuterie and rosé wine whilst admiring the sunset.

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What people are saying about Sanguinaires Islands

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4.4 / 5

based on 1,512 reviews

My husband and I booked this last minute and had a wonderful evening. The boat ride was tons of fun and our boat driver was hilarious. We were the only English speaking people on the boat but he was quite a comedian. The views are spectacular and it was definitely worth doing a sunset tour. We’d highly recommend this adventure.

The visit was nice the walk was not too long but we were able to take some nice pictures the guides served us a friendly aperitif but what I preferred was when we left with this magnificent sunset and Corsican songs

Was a really nice experience! Just the boat trip in itself was quite an experience, as well as discovering the island at your own pace & seeing a sunset on the water!

A wonderful moment. Breathtaking ride. Aperitif more than enough. Sunset, just sublime. Welcome guides perfect. I recommend without hesitation.

Beautiful boat-trip! The moment of the sunset including the music was amazing. The boat is quite fast :-)