With no wind today it has allowed us to motor really close to the shore and enjoy the extremely rugged and mountainous beauty of the 'Scandola Nature Reserve' that stretches from the Golfe of Girolata stopping just short of Calvi. The coastline consists of red rocky cliffs, deep sided bays and it's truly stunning - we are in awe of its beauty.
red rocks abound
Whilst taking it all in, Bruce commented that part of it reminded him of 'bolt head' to 'bolt tail', two headlands near Salcombe, UK with near identical colourings.
'dog leg' passage with near vertical cliffs
The first sighting of Calvi was the fantastic citadel with a snow capped mountainous backdrop. The bay opened up to expose a wide sandy sweeping beach, the town and anchorage partly covered with mooring buoys. Mooring buoys are always positioned in the most sheltered spots and closest to the towns. Calvi is no exception with the mooring field directly outside the port and marina. We were expecting to see 160 plus buoys so were surprised to see only 30 laid... guess they haven't quite finished yet... too many hours spent on lunch breaks! ;-).
We planned to anchor however shore side visits would have involved a rather long and wet dinghy ride so we decided on a mooring buoy - the one closest to town.
Total distance this season: 343.91 nautical miles