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Porto-Vecchio
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With the sea, mountains and the Corsican countryside, Porto-Vecchio boasts magnificent cultural and natural heritage, and is the perfect place for relaxation and leisure.

On the south-east coast of Corsica, Porto-Vecchio is located in an idyllic natural setting, making it a very popular seaside resort. With walks and boat trips, leisure activities and history, sunbathing on dream beaches and lively night life under the stars, the former Genoese city has plenty to offer.

Originally a citadel built in the 16th century by the Genoese, Porto-Vecchio boasts a rich history, including old bastions, gates and stone towers. Among them is the Bastion de France, which was once used to watch over boats to thwart any seaborne invasion, nowadays has the more peaceful role of hosting various exhibitions in high season.

Sometimes nicknamed the Corsican Saint-Tropez, Porto-Vecchio has a bustling old town, centred around Place de la République and the Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste. The little cobbled streets are full of chic boutiques, restaurants, cafes and trendy bars, not to mention ice cream parlours. When night falls, the city comes alive to the sound of the many nightclubs, some of which are open-air. Below the ramparts, the marina recalls Porto-Vecchio's past as a little fishing village.

An abundance of nature can be found right on the city's doorstep. The many fine sandy beaches, such as Cala Rossa, Palombaggia and Santa Giulia, are perfect for taking it easy and getting away from it all. Standing on a pink-tinged cliff, Port-Vecchio is also surrounded by colourful mountain ranges. Among them is the protected area of Alta Rocca, which has a wealth of animal and plant life, as well as a varied craft and religious heritage, from bakeries and mills to little Roman churches. The surrounding countryside, dotted with picturesque villages, is also perfect for lovely walks or bike rides.

Though the nearest train station is just over 60 miles away, there are plenty of ways to get to Porto-Vecchio. By air, Figari airport is just under 15 miles to the south-west and offers links to major cities across Europe. By boat, Porto-Vecchio port offers sailings to Marseilles and the Italian cities of Naples, Palau and La Spezia. By land, there are several road links between Porto-Vecchio and other large Corsican towns, including Bastia, Bonifacio and Ajaccio.

In its exceptional natural setting, Porto-Vecchio, also known as the "city of salt" after its salt marshes, is certainly not short of a touch of spice!

Top hotels in Porto-Vecchio

Residence Marina di Santa Giulia
Residence Marina di Santa Giulia
Marina di Santa Giulia, Porto-Vecchio, Corse-du-sud
The price is £51 per night from 3 Apr to 4 Apr

Located in Porto-Vecchio, this beachfront aparthotel is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Santa Giulia Beach and Lezza Golf Course. Palombaggia ...

4.3/5Excellent! (132 reviews)

"We liked the staff. Huge property! The beach was ok. We were there only a day, a week before closing for winter. The room was not very clean. Dirty blanket suspicious stains that was stored in closet. Jam stains on table in living room. The shower needs a good scrub because very moldy! Clogged shower ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2019

Residence Marina di Santa Giulia
Résidence Lago Verde
Résidence Lago Verde
Avenue du Général de Boissoudy, Porto-Vecchio
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Situated in Porto-Vecchio, this apartment building is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Bastion de France and within 3 miles (5 km) of St Jean-Baptiste Church and Porto-Vecchio ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (74 reviews)

"The owners couldn’t do enough for us so friendly and approachable would highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2019

Résidence Lago Verde
Résidence Castell'Verde
Résidence Castell'Verde
3 out of 5
Baie de Santa Giulia, Porto-Vecchio, Corse-du-Sud
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Situated in Porto-Vecchio, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Giulia and Santa Giulia Beach. Lezza Golf Course is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) away.

4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)

"La Corse est magnifique et d être à Santa Giulia c'est d être à proximité des plus belles plages"…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2020

Résidence Castell'Verde
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Porto-Vecchio

Residence Marina di Santa Giulia
Residence Marina di Santa Giulia
Marina di Santa Giulia, Porto-Vecchio, Corse-du-sud
The price is £51 per night from 3 Apr to 4 Apr

Located in Porto-Vecchio, this beachfront aparthotel is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Santa Giulia Beach and Lezza Golf Course. Palombaggia ...

4.3/5Excellent! (132 reviews)

"We liked the staff. Huge property! The beach was ok. We were there only a day, a week before closing for winter. The room was not very clean. Dirty blanket suspicious stains that was stored in closet. Jam stains on table in living room. The shower needs a good scrub because very moldy! Clogged shower ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2019

Residence Marina di Santa Giulia
Résidence Lago Verde
Résidence Lago Verde
Avenue du Général de Boissoudy, Porto-Vecchio

Situated in Porto-Vecchio, this apartment building is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Bastion de France and within 3 miles (5 km) of St Jean-Baptiste Church and Porto-Vecchio ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (74 reviews)

"The owners couldn’t do enough for us so friendly and approachable would highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2019

Résidence Lago Verde
Residence Salina Bay
Residence Salina Bay

Situated in the shopping district, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Porto-Vecchio Marina, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lezza Golf Course and Santa ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (153 reviews)
Overall very good hotel

"Pool bar does not accept card payments. Only cash and do not provide receipts which I found strange for a hotel of this size. Lawn mowing takes places during kids nap times which is also something to be aware of. Hotel is in very good location."…"

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2019

Residence Salina Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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4 Aug 2019

Porto Vecchio is lovely. Beautiful area where to stay to get to know South Corsica.

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2 Aug 2019

A lovely town. We were surprised at how nice it was.

4/5 - Good

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26 Jul 2019

Plenty of restaurant options and pretty town to explore

5/5 - Excellent

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10 Jun 2019

Beautiful town

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