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Ile Rousse harbour from NE
Waterfront of Ile Rousse town

The settlement and harbour of Ile Rousse are situated on the N coast of the island of Corsica, 10 miles E of the harbour of Calvi. Founded in 1758 by the Corsican leader Pasquale Paoli during the long campaign to overthrow the Genoese occupation of the island, it consist of a series of breakwaters linking a short archipelago extending N from the coast to form a peninsula offering excellent shelter from the prevailing NW winds. Part of the harbour has been converted into a small marina, the Port de Plaisance Ile Rousse, with 250 berths for yachts up to 25 metres in depths of up to 4.0 metres.


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The peninsula of Ile Rousse is easily identified from distance by the prominent Genoese watchtower that sits proudly on its summit. There are no obvious hazards in the approach, although the rocky islets at the end of the peninsula should be given a wide berth if approaching from W. Note that a shoal patch extends off the headland that encloses the S end of the bay in which the harbour sits. The harbour is used by large ferries plying between Corsica and the ports of Nice, Toulon and Marseille and care should be taken on the approach.


Ile Rousse is a port of entry/exit to France.

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Visiting yachts have the option of berthing in the marina, the Port de Plaisance Ile Rousse, or anchoring off in the bay, clear of the numerous moorings. Call the marina on VHF channel 09.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

The Port de Plaisance Ile Rousse has berths for 250 yachts in its harbour of up to 12.0 metres length and maximum draft of 4.0 metres. Larger yachts can moor using their anchors on the outside of the harbour breakwater, but only if the weather is settled. Facilities include water and electricity, toilets and showers, wifi, café/bar, fuel station, fixed crane, slipway and limited hard standing.


It is possible to anchor off in the bay SE of the harbour, avoiding the numerous moorings laid there. Anchor in 6.0 - 8.0 metres. The holding is good in sand and mud.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

Very little.


Limited repairs only.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station in the harbour. Water and electricity at most berths.

Things to do Ashore


Ile Rousse is a pleasant town, filled with pastel-coloured 18th and 19th century houses. Its narrow streets are crammed with tourists during the summer and they are well catered for with a large selection of bars, restaurants and boutiques. The shady main square is a delightful place to chill out and watch the world go by. On either side of the town are some superb beaches, framed by the famous red rocks from which the settlement takes its name.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Several provisions shops in the town.


Numerous café/bars and restaurants in the town.


In the marina.


Laundrette in the town.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

Rental outlets in the town

Garbage Disposal

Bins at the marina.



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See France.


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