Feel Porto-Vecchio with our top 5 sensory experiences…

See gleaming yachts moored in the marina, which has 380 berths and is one of the south of France’s best equipped to accommodate vessels up to 24 metres long

Hear the gentle lapping of turquoise sea on Porto-Vecchio’s stunning white sandy beaches. Palombaggia and Santa Giulia are among the most breathtaking

Smell the salt marshes around the gulf. Porto-Vecchio is nicknamed the ‘salt city’ and had an important salt economy before it became a tourist resort

Taste fresh seafood on the terrace of Le Roi Theodore in the old town, one of Porto-Vecchio’s most popular restaurants

Touch the well-preserved Genoese door in the citadel, which dates from the 16th century.

Porto-Vecchio provides an endless supply of things to do – mountain trekking, rock climbing and a plethora of watersports – but you may be more tempted to simply idle in a remote cove. The beaches around Porto-Vecchio are stunning, especially Palombaggia and Santa Giulia, their white sand contrasting with the turquoise Mediterranean and surrounded by lush countryside. Bustling with bars and restaurants boasting panoramic views across the valley, mountains and harbour, Porto-Vecchio is the perfect spot for spending your holiday in a relaxed, chic atmosphere. The upper town, surrounded by its picturesque ramparts, is especially attractive during summer days, when tourists can take advantage of its panoramic views across the Gulf of Porto-Vecchio and its salt flats. The surrounding Corsican mountain villages are also ideal places to find a tasty lunch, and make time to explore the Ospedale Forest and dramatic Col de Bavella in the nearby mountainous Alta Rocca region. Don’t miss…

  • The Church of St. John the Baptist and the Chapel of Santa Cruci
  • The Marina
  • The Chiappa Lighthouse
  • Palombaggia beach
  • Santa Giulia beach
  • The cove of Rondinara
  • The prehistoric Castle of Arraggio
  • A walk in the heart of the Ospedale Forest
  • The archaeological Sites of Cucuruzzu and Capula in Levie
  • The peaks of Bavella
  • A guided tour of the fortress
  • A cruise to the Lavezzi Islands
  • A jet-skiing excursion towards the Cerbicale islands
  • A canyoning adventure in the Bavella Massif
  • Scuba diving in a natural reserve
  • A hiking trail on the Mare a Mare Sud