Discover Sartene, the ultimate Corsican town; full of charm with a history of vendettas, pirate attacks and battles you will explore the alleyways and historic buildings known as the most Corsican of all Corsican villages
Depart the pier in Bonifacio for an approximately 75-minute drive to the Corsican town of Sartene, complete with a striking granite fortress overlooking the beautiful valley of the Rizzanese. En route, take in superb views of the deep blue sea, majestic mountains, red granite rocks and Bonafacio's dramatic cliffs. Continue towards the island's interior and ascend the road leading up to the Lion de Roccapina, a naturally carved rock with ruins on top that looks like a lion wearing a crown whilst laying down. Proceed past small countryside villages highlighted by tall, austere granite houses and vast expanses of vividly colored macchia bushes.
Built on a promontory, the town of Sartène, has many houses built directly into the rocks. Sartène has been the scene of vendettas, pirate attacks and battles against Genoese occupiers during the Middle Ages, and therefore is known as the 'most Corsican of Corsican towns'. Upon arrival, visit the Church of St. Maria, which houses the hood, chain and cross used in the Good Friday Procession by one of the local sinners. Afterward, take a guided stroll through the narrow, paved streets with numerous balconies, steep steps, arcades and private passageways.
Then proceed to a local cafe to have a refreshment followed by some free time to explore the town and browse the shops at your leisure. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier with your waiting SeaDream yacht.
Proper attire is required to enter the cathedral; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. On Sunday mornings, church holidays and during weddings, tour groups are not allowed inside churches during services. Guests may have a chance to visit the church independently. The tour sequence may vary. Corsican roads are winding, therefore this tour is not recommended for people suffering from vertigo or car sickness.
This excursion requires confirmation 48 hours before arrival in the port in order to operate. Please book early to avoid disappointment. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board.