Porto Vecchio, jewel of Southern Corsica
Indeed, its wonderful beaches of whom Palombaggia and Santa Giulia which are classified by UNESCO amongst the nicest beaches in the world are very famous.!
The Porto-Vecchio region remains the most popular tourist destination of Corsica, and so it is also the most over-crowded region during high season...
All kinds of activities are available: relaxing on the beach, water sports, hiking, but also mountain sports such as canyoning, climbing,...
If you want to spend your holiday in this region, here are some of our favourite places, not to be missed during your stay :
Gulf of Porto Vecchio and Beaches
In the South of the Gulf of Porto-Vecchio, the Palombaggia Bay or simply paradise on the earth.
The colour schemes in Palombaggia are unique: red rocks, white sand, bright green umbrella pines, etc…
All this facing a crystal clear sea out of which small uninhabited islands emerge (Cerbicale Islands).
This enchanting (and protected) setting has its drawbacks: in summer masses of tourists invade it from the nearby holiday resort of Porto-Vecchio.
All the more, because the roads leading there are very beautiful, and the beach restaurants very welcoming.
If you want to find some peace and quiet, walk as far as possible along the long beach, or then come early in the morning.
Gulf of Porto Vecchio and Nature
During your stay, go and see the Bavella Needles !
Bavella is one of the most important regions in the Corsican mountains.
And for a very good reason: its imposing mountain range, its pass and its forests combine all the geological characteristics of the island: spectacular rock formations with colours running from the most delicate red to the darkest grey, interspersed with huge Laricio pine forests.
You will have the most beautiful views, notably of the Bavella Needles, from the pass with the same name (elev.1218m) in the middle of the regional park. It is also the point of departure for many hikes of all levels of difficulty, notably the one to the geological curiosity known as the “Trou de la Bombe” (bomb hole).
A one-hour walk in the shade of the pine trees will get you there, allowing you to penetrate the mountainous region without any danger.
You should take the latter, which is winding and often quite narrow, but on which you will discover the diversity of the landscapes: from the river of Solenzara and its natural swimming holes to the huge rock formations the closer you get to the pass.
In order to get back to Porto Vecchio, it’s worth taking the D368 via the very beautiful Ospedale massif. From the village of the same name you have a beautiful view of the Gulf of Porto Vecchio.
Be forewarned : in summer there are so many tourists, it is like on a mountain stage of the “Tour de France”.
Gulf of Porto Vecchio and Culture
We now suggest that you visit the museum of Alta Rocca, which will take you through eleven thousand years of human history!
You will also find information on the Alta Rocca area (beach/mountain), but also ethnological collections (costumes, furniture, trades and tools) dating from the 8th millennium BC to the end of the Middle Ages.
The Porto-Vecchio region has all the advantages to ensure that you will have an unforgettable holiday, so don’t hesitate and come!