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Golfe de St Florent

Golfe de St Florent



The Gulf of Saint Florent form a large body of water open to the North to NW winds, but sheltered by the mountains Libeccio of Balagne.
Strong wind blows from east sometimes jump off the mountain which is extended by the Cap Corse and a rise in the Gulf chop rather unpleasant.

The tip of the Mortella, at the entrance of golf, supports the little white tower of a lighthouse that facilitates entry of night in the port of Saint Florent with fire Vecchiaja peak on the eastern shore. This turret is pretty good mark on the lower slope of the forward edge of an old semaphore. If it is not visible from afar, there is little to worry about because the town and the citadel of Saint Florent are clearly visible.

The clear waters and the presence of many fish make it particularly attractive diving near the edge Vecchiaja between 5 and 30m.

In 1440, the Genoese erected on this site a citadel which remained until the eighteenth century, the seat of the bishopric of Nebbio and Government House. Despite the ravages of malaria, there was disputed in the sixteenth century by the French, Genoese, and of course, the Corsicans.
The city found a new lease, after Napoleon III had ordered the draining of marshes, thus addressing the root causes of malaria. Planning work was begun and were continued under the Third Republic.

The creation of a marina in 1971 contributed greatly to the growth of the city.

Golfe de St Florent
Golfe de St Florent
Le golfe de Saint Florent forme un vaste plan d'eau ouvert aux vents de Nord à NW, mais bien abrité du Libeccio par le massif montagneux de la Balagne.
Les coups de vent fort d'Est sautent quelquefois l'arrête montagneuse qui se prolonge par le cap corse et lèvent dans le golfe un clapot assez désagréable.

La pointe de la Mortella, à l'entrée du golf, porte la petite tourelle blanche d'un phare qui facilite l'entrée de nuit dans le port de Saint Florent avec le feu de pointe Vecchiaja sur la rive Est. Cette tourelle se repère assez bien sur la faible pente de la pointe en avant d'un ancien sémaphore. Si elle n'est pas visible de loin, on n'a guère à s'en soucier car le village et la citadelle de Saint Florent sont nettement visibles.

Les eaux claires et la présence de nombreux poissons rendent particulièrement attractive une plongée aux abords de la pointe Vecchiaja entre 5 et 30m.

En 1440, les Génois édifièrent sur ce site une citadelle qui resta, jusqu'au XVIII ème siècle, le siège de l'évêché du Nebbio et la résidence du gouverneur. Malgré les ravages provoqués par la malaria, cet endroit fut disputé au XVI ème siècle par les Français, les Génois, et bien entendu, les Corses.

La ville trouva un nouvel essor, après que Napoléon III eut ordonné l'assèchement des marais, s'attaquant ainsi aux racines du paludisme. Des travaux d'urbanisme furent entrepris et se prolongèrent sous la IIIème République.

La création d'un port de plaisance en 1971 a contribué grandement à l'essor de la cité.
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Cap Fornali (St Florent)

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Ecueil de Tignosu (St Florent)

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Port de Saint Florent

An extensive yacht and small craft harbor fronts the village of Saint-Florent and is protected by breakwaters.

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Fiume Santu

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Approach slowly anchorage area. We anchor by 3 to 6 m.

Very sheltered anchorage by W wind, but exposed to the Mistral.
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Punta Mortella

Green light at the W entry of St Florent gulf.
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Built in the sixteenth century by the ...
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Punta Vecchiaia

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Anse de Cadarelli

Two anchorages between the "Grotta di u Banditu" and the "Punta di Saeta".Shelter from NE wind at S of the "Grotta di u Banditu", but the anchorage is limited for the great boats in case of avoidance.
The surrounding area is healthy and we anchor by 5m on sand bottom.

Wide ...
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Plage de Loto

Place of arrival of two boats which connect from Saint-Florent, the beach Loto is very busy.
Perfect beach of fine sand and clear eastern desert Agriates. The water of great purity, the beauty of bush attracts many tourists from throughout the day by boat from St Florent.

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Marine de Farinole

Marina Farinole marks the beginning of the west coast of Cap Corse.Sandy beach nice and uncrowded.

A Genoese tower surrounded by two beaches, marking the southern tip of a fishing preserve.
On the ridge there are antennas transmitters Pigno.
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Local Area

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