LatitudeLat 42° 20' 54'' N
LongitudeLong 8° 36' 54'' E
Minimum Draught1 m
Maximum Draught10 m
Shelterfrom almost all winds
DangersLow bottom in the eastern zone opposite the
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The Gulf of Girolata is located in the municipality of Osani, in Southern Corsica. The anchorage is very popular and crowded. In the surroundings, there are some other well-sheltered moorings, even though sirocco sometimes blows hard.
The place presents a natural bay sheltered from almost all winds and it can receive small and medium boats. Girolata is a wild place and it can be reached exclusively by land through a very narrow long dirt road.
The bay presents some wooden structures and very picturesque stone houses, in addition to some restaurants plunged in an enchanting atmosphere.
All around, wild and unspoiled nature dominates, like in almost the whole western Corsica. Nevertheless, the gulf is a popular destination for holidaymakers visiting the region.
Over the last few years, a mooring buoys area haS been installed. It's a good, even if narrow, solution to moor safe.
The bay of Girolata is a little far from the Natural Reserve of Scandola, declared Unesco World Heritage Site. The reserve extends over a 1,919-hectar-area and it includes the municipalities of Partinello, Ota, Calenzana, Piana, Osani and Serriera.
The marine reserve includes the island of Elpa and the peninsula of Scandola, an absolute paradise characterized by natural underwater grottos and high rocks.
In the marine reserve, fishing, flowers and plants collection, camping and night mooring are not allowed. Mooring at the buoys in the roadstead of Girolata is rather quiet and safe; the only danger is represented by the very low bottom in the eastern side opposite the beach.
This is an ideal place to enjoy snorkeling, diving and explore the many grottos under the very blue sea.
Little far, there's the beautiful bay of Bloody Islands, so called because they offer unforgettable red sunsets.