South Corsica : Porto-Vecchio
You will find in Porto-Vecchio a unique mix of both idyllic unspoilt beaches along Corsica's southern coast and breathtaking mountain scenery. The city boasts an historical Old Town bustling with picturesque bars, restaurants, designer boutiques, hotels and a beautiful marina in the majestic Porto-Vecchio gulf, attracting international yachts.
There are buses from other major Corsican towns, and ferries from other locations. If driving to town in the summer months, it is best to arrive very early, before 10 (or even 9 in August) to ensure parking near the town center. On cloudy or rainy days in August traffic jams may stretch 2 hours long getting into or through town.
The car is the most practical to get around porto-Vecchio. Because the Porto-Vecchio city is a large space. Porto Vecchio is best navigated on foot, as the town has a one-way traffic system that makes it virtually impossible to navigate my auto.
The old Genoese walled town (Upper Town)
Porto-Vecchio's fortresses : The Bastion de France (occupied by French troops during the surrender of the town to the King of France on June 14, 1769) restored in 1989.
Genoise Gate : beautiful view of the Harbour, sea, surrounding valley and mountains.
Porto-Vecchio's main square (place de la république) and the St Jean-Baptists church.The main square is surrounded by a tangle of picturesque back streets where you can find a wealth of boutiques, restaurants and plane tree shaded cafe.
The deep natural marina of Porto-Vecchio attracts numerous impressive yachts, pleasure craft, international ferries and fishing boats.
There are many fine sandy beaches in the area, and the windsurfing and kite-surfing spot at Golfo di sogno. Palombaggia : The most famous beach on the island with white sand, shallow clear blue water, protected by pink granite rocks and backed with pine trees. Santa Giulia Rondinara Cala Rossa : A unique and intimate sandy beach in the porto-Vecchio Gulf
Boat excursions ("promenades en mer") from Porto-Vecchio to Bonifacio or to the wild Lavezzi Islands nature reserve.
Alta Rocca excursions with the the Bavella Needles.
Porto-Vecchio has several souvenir shops, as well as some stores selling specialty Corsican food, such as wild boar sausage and local cheeses. There are several hyper-markets (bigger than super markets) just north of town along the main road.
The town has dozens of excellent restaurants, some with beautiful views over the harbour, and a main square where you can sip your latte while people watching.
Villas and apartments