Port of Girolata
Port of Girolata

Ports & Marinas Survey. Port of Girolata: few services, wonderful spots, helfpul staff

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Let’s continue our survey on the Mediterranean ports Girolataand marinas with a highly popular destination: the Port of Girolata, in Corsica.

Situated within the namesake gulf, in the municipality of Osani, Girolata is one among the most famous anchorages of the southern part of the French island. This is why it is always very crowded, especially in summer.

The highlight is, of course, the scenery, the chance to enjoy exciting underwater excursions and the astonishingly clear sea water here.

The bay can be reached by land through an arduous lane; this is why it is generally reached by sea.

 Description

GirolataConsisting of a group of picturesque wooden buildings and stone houses, the bay offers some tourist services including restaurants and a supermarket. As we have already said, the highlight is the landscape, with a wild pristine nature overlooking western Corsica.

All berths, except for those situated along the quay (about 3-4 on a wooden jetty), consist of two mooring buoys. Yachtsmen can have head-on or stern-on moorings, efficiently supported by the helpful staff of the marina providing, of course, with a dinghy service.

All yachtsmen are required to contact the port on VHF channel 9 before entering the port for mooring assistance. Especially in summer, it is highly recommended to book in advance by calling the marina at the following phone number: +33 495 50 02 52.

The anchorage offers 40 berths for boats under 12 metres and 33 slips for boats from 12 to 20 metres.

Open from April to October, the marina is run by the City Council of Osani.

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Staff

The captain of the port is Jean-François Luciani, who can rely on a 10-person team that kindly welcomes guests, give information and assist yachtsmen in their mooring manoeuvres. The port also benefits from a team of 3 professional scuba divers who promptly intervene in case of emergency in order to keep the port always safe.

Quays

Boats can moor alongside the quay only from 18:30 and leave by 10:00 of their departure day. Mooring posts are all reliable; however, it is highly recommended to follow the staff’s instructions, always. The marina is really small and berths offer no electricity or water intakes.

Approach procedure

When approaching the port, yachtsmen should use caution to the surrounding low sea bottoms. It is therefore important no to cross the yellow buoys situated at the entrance of the channel before without prior authorization (on VHF channel) by the port staff.

Access

The anchorage is easily accessible. However, it is highly recommended to use caution to the dense marine traffic within the bay, especially in summer. A weak point of Girolata is indeed represented by its tight spaces.

Manoeuvring spaces

Because the limited size of the bay, manoeuvring spaces are really minimal. You might feel like a parking inside a shopping centre on Christmas Eve. Fortunately, however, the mooring assistance service offered by the marina is quite efficient.

Toilets and showers

A really weak point for the Gulf of Girolata is that it exclusively offers pay showers (€ 2.00) and toilets (€ 0.50). Moreover, toilets are not alway sufficient to support the huge flow of tourists in August, which often results in long queues.

Rubbish collection

The port offers several waste collection points with a view to promoting sustainable development and an efficient environmental policy. Unfortunately, however, not all visitors are respectful enough and , in windy days, some rubbish can be found on the beach.

Technical Assistance

This is maybe the weakest point for the Gulf. Girolata offers no assistance centres, no shipyards, no winterizing areas, no filling stations. The closest filling station is in Calvi.

Rates

Boat size From July 15th  August 28th From July 15th  August 28th From June 20th to July 14th From May 16th to September 25th
Mooring buoy Quay Mooring buoy Quay Mooring buoy Quay Mooring buoy Quay
< 6 m 14 20 13 18 10 14 8 11
6 -> 6.99 17 23 15 21 12 16 10 13
7 -> 7.99 21 35 18 30 15 19 13 17
8 -> 8.99 27 42 23 38 18 23 15 20
9 -> 9.99 32 51 29 46 22 27 17 22
10 -> 10.99 41 60 35 54 26 31 20 25
11 -> 11.99 49 66 43 60 30 36 23 28
12 -> 12.99 55 74 49 66 34 40 26 31
13 -> 13.99 61 80 55 72 39 45 29 34
14 -> 14.99 67 85 60 76 44 50 32 37
15 -> 15.99 72 89 64 81 48 54 35 40
16 -> 16.99 78 95 71 86 53 59 38 43
17 -> 17.99 86 101 76 91 57 66 41 47
18 -> 18.99 91 106 81 95 62 70 44 50
19 -> 19.99 97 112 87 101 66 74 47 54
20 -> 20.99 105 120 94 107 70 79 50 58
21 -> 21.99 112 129 100 114 74 85 54 63
22 -> 22.99 120 141 106 124 79 91 58 68
23 -> 23.99 132 153 113 133 86 98 63 74
24 -> 24.99 140 166 121 143 92 105 69 80
25 -> 25.99 151 179 129 154 99 112 75 87
>26 163 192 138 165 106 120 81 95

Technical File

Cattura

Technical File

Valutazione dei servizi

Hospitality 5
Vhf assistance 5
Mooring assistance (at dock) 2
Mooring assistance (dinghy) 5
Toilets 1
Showers 1
Filling station YES=5 no 0
24/7 Mooring Assistance YES=4 no 0
Parking YES=4 no 0
Waste Collection Points 3
Emergency Dock YES=3 no 0
Supermarket in the surroundings YES=3 yes 3
Laggage Trucks YES=4 no 0
Scuba divers YES=3 yes 0
Laggage Assistance YES=2 no 0
Weather Forecast YES=3 no 3
Wi-Fi YES=3 yes 2
Night watchmen YES=3 no 0
24-hour video surveillance YES=2 no 0
Accessibility for disabled persons YES=5 no 0
Garanges and technical assistance YES=3 no 0
Sewage and Used waters pumping and drain YES=3 no 0
Slipway YES=2 no 0
Play Area YES=2 no 0
Bikes YES=2 no 0
Laundromat YES=1 no 0
Crane (5 t) YES=1 no 0
Crane (25 t) YES=3 no 0
Crane (50 t) YES=3 no 0
Ice machine YES=1 no 0
Electric chargign columns YES=1 no 0
Webcam YES=1 no 0
Hotel/restaurant booking YES=2 no 0
Moto/car rental YES=2 no 0
Total 13 17
Total score by The International Yachting Media 30
Daily mooring rate for a 12-meter boat in high season 55.00
Quality/Price ratio Coefficient 0.545

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