An ancient town on Corsica’s southeastern tip, Porto Vecchio combines a historical old town with a hefty dose of contemporary cool. While the town is centred around a 16th-century citadel, there’s also a fashionable marina that attracts a hip crowd, as well as excellent shopping and dining in the chic boutiques and cafés. Plus there are rather lovely beaches, and easy access to Corsica’s most ravishing inland landscapes, too. This mix makes Porto Vecchio holidays a savvy choice for those looking for seaside fun and mountain escapades.
Wander the narrow streets lined with quaint stone houses, or take a seat at one of the waterside bars and watch the sail boats come and go. Within a 10-minute drive you can reach pretty villages and superb beaches, including the legendary Palombaggia with its powder-soft white sand. Or head inland and visit lakes, mountains, prehistoric settlements or go horse riding or quad biking. Mountains or beaches – whichever you fancy, holidays to Ponte Vecchio offer the best of both.
For a beach experience that really stands out, take a different approach and go on an early-morning horseback ride across the sands of Palombaggia or San Ciprianu.
Porto Vecchio is a town to see and be seen in, so if you want to get dressed up and treat yourself to a special night out, this is an excellent place to do it.
Hear ancient sounds
Polyphonic singing is a heritage tradition that the Corsicans are proud to keep alive – seek out a concert or church service and be enchanted by the haunting harmonies.