Sailing the Mediterranean: Barcelona to Livorno with a Corsican Detour

Gustav Emilio

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As I sit on the deck of our sailboat, basking in the warm Mediterranean sun, I can’t help but think about the incredible journey we’ve embarked on. We began our sailing adventure in the vibrant city of Barcelona, Spain, and have since made our way toward Livorno, Italy, with an unexpected but delightful stop on the stunning island of Corsica.

Setting Sail from Barcelona

Our journey began in the bustling port city of Barcelona, an architectural marvel known for its rich culture, history, and iconic landmarks such as La Sagrada Família and Park Güell. After stocking up on provisions and attending to last-minute preparations, we set sail from Port Vell, taking in the stunning coastline as we left the city behind.

Our first few days at sea were nothing short of magical. With the sun shining and the wind filling our sails, we cruised through the Mediterranean, savoring the beauty of the open sea. Dolphins occasionally danced alongside our boat, creating unforgettable memories for all of us on board.

A Corsican SurpriseA Corsican

Originally, we hadn’t planned on stopping on the way to Livorno, but as we got closer to the French island of Corsica, we couldn’t resist the temptation to explore its natural beauty. We dropped anchor in a picturesque bay near Calvi, a charming town on the island’s northwest coast.

Corsica is often referred to as the “Island of Beauty,” and it’s easy to see why. The island boasts stunning landscapes, from lush green mountains to pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. Our days were spent hiking, swimming, and exploring the town of Calvi, with its narrow, winding streets, lively markets, and historic citadel.

One of the highlights of our Corsican detour was a visit to the breathtaking Scandola Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The red granite cliffs and vibrant turquoise waters left us in awe, and the abundant marine life made for some unforgettable snorkeling experiences.

Continuing on to Livorno

After a few enchanting days on Corsica, we hoisted our sails and continued our journey towards Livorno, Italy. As we approached the Italian coastline, we were greeted by the sight of colorful, terracotta-roofed buildings and the unmistakable aroma of Italian cuisine wafting from the shore.

Livorno, a bustling port city with a rich history, proved to be a delightful destination. From the winding canals of the Venezia Nuova district to the impressive Fortezza Nuova, we were charmed by Livorno’s unique blend of old and new. Sampling the local seafood dishes and exploring the city’s vibrant markets were the perfect ways to round off our Mediterranean adventure.

As I reflect on our journey, I’m filled with gratitude for the friends we’ve made, the sights we’ve seen, and the memories we’ve created. From Barcelona to Corsica to Livorno, each destination has left a lasting impression, and I can’t wait to see where the wind takes us next.

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