Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Port-Vecchio is a medium-sized port city placed on a good harbor and it is the southernmost of the marshy and alluvial east side of Corsica.
Porto-Vecchio has two communes to the north; Sari-Solenzara and Conca, and two to the south; Porto-Vecchio and Lecci. The commune of Porto-Vecchio is 64 kilometers east of Sartène.
Off the southeast shore are the four îles Cerbicale which are protected by a nature reserve of 36 hectares. From north to south are: Forana; Maestro Maria; Piana and Pietrocaggiosa.
Porto-Vecchio is superbly located right in the centre of Corsica most impressive coastline, with enticing beaches that easily rival any others in the Mediterranean in terms of natural and unspoilt beauty.
Such is the choice that the coast around Porto-Vecchio can offer a different beach or cove to explore on each day of a holiday. Dazzling clear blue seas and powder soft white sand are backed by luscious green countryside and framed by mountains. The beaches are mostly child friendly, having shallow and warm waters.
Two of Corsica most famous beaches, Palombaggia and Santa Guilia, are located just south of Porto-Vecchio. In the months of July and August the tourists flood the area.
The ancient Old or Upper Town and its modern marina is busy with luxury yachts and boat trips. With its dramatic location by the sea on a hill covered with lush vegetation, any Yacht Charter tourist can think that he is on the French Riviera.
In fact, the small town sits on the southeast corner of Corsica, overlooking a bay where yachts are moored in the marina. But most tourists arrive in Porto Vecchio by sea, on ferries that come from France, Italy and other Corsican cities.
The Borgo or the old town is the most picturesque part worth visiting with its narrow cobble stone streets and its town square where locals and Yacht Charter guests congregate.
There are several options for places to stay in Porto-Vecchio ranging from the very basic to the more exclusive. Many hotels can also be found close to Porto-Vecchio along Corsica beautiful southern coast.