A fashionable resort town
Dating back to the 16th century, the fortified port town of Porto Vecchio is now a Corsican resort destination. The Old Town district—with its cobblestone streets, charming buildings, and ruins of the ancient citadel—features fashionable shops, boutiques, and cafés, while Porto Vecchio’s modern marina offers ferry rides to Bonifacio and the Lavezzi Islands nature reserve, plus a variety of places to enjoy a local beverage harborside.
Visit the Church of Saint Jean-Baptiste, the Bastion San Antonia, and the Porte Genoise Gate for panoramic views of the sea, mountains and surrounding valley, or enjoy an afternoon at one of Corsica's two most famous beaches, Palombaggia and Santa Guilia, located just south of Porto-Vecchio. As dusk settles, head to the Old Town’s Place de la République (main square) for its lively nightlife, bars, and restaurants.
Porto-Vecchio's quaint Old Town consists of a small grid of small cobbled streets, a main square and ruins of the ancient citadel. Fashionable shops and historical sites mingle in Old Town, with stunning views of the marina below.
Built on a rocky outcrop, the Castellu d'Araghju is one of the most representative of the great Torrean buildings. Walk the path, marked with an ancient wall, to the ruins and impressive views of the area.
Flanked by mountains, pink granite headlands, and umbrella-shaped pines, the famed beaches of Corsica are famous for a reason. Part of a nature reserve, Palombaggia Beach is a beautiful 2 km stretch of golden sand and shallow crystal-clear water. Santa Guilia Beach is reminiscent of a Caribbean beach, and features great snorkeling.
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica, France At a glance