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.
- Bastia - Porto-Vecchio line. Goes twice a day, 8:30, 16:00 from Bastia, 8:00, 13:30 from Porto-Vecchio. It takes 2 hours 45 minutes all the way to Bastia. €24 to Bastia.
The center of 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.
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.
- Hotel Aiglon Bylitis, Route du commandant L'Herminier - 20137 Porto Vecchio, ☎ +33 4 95 70 13 06, fax: +33 4 95 70 19 38, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. €46.
- Alcyon Hotel (City centre).
- Hotel Belvedere. Luxury hotel at the seaside.
Villas and apartments
- Villa Calita, Cala Rossa Beach. Private holiday villa.
- Belvedere Palombaggia villas, Palombaggia beach.
- Residence Alta Strada, Sainte Lucie de Porto Vecchio, ☎ +33 1 58 21 55 84. 1 independent villa plus 8 villas in 4 groups of 2 semi-detached villas built around a swimming pool. Villas are approximately 15 m apart, all have a view onto the swimming pool and gardens and are designed to respect each villa’s privacy. Pinarellu beach is 3 km away. Own transport is necessary.
- Residence Monte Marina (in front of Tarco beach), Tarco beach, ☎ +33 495732240, e-mail: email@example.com.