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Beaches in Porto-Vecchio
Palombaggia Beach
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Porto-Vecchio owes its reputation to its beaches, and so uses all its beauty to attract visitors ... The beaches around the city are all nice, each one even better than the one before! But among them, a few kilometers from Porto Vecchio, stands the famous beach of Palombaggia. Facing the Cerbicales islands, it is nature reserve ideal for lovers of nature, its idyllic setting has captivated more than one. The orange rocks and umbrella pines that overlook the beach give the surroundings a particularly savage look. Its water has a rare quality, clear to the very end, and it invites a you to take a quick dip without delay! Around the beach there are shops and cabins that allow you to lengthen the day in a heavenly setting ... indeed they say it's one of the most beautiful beaches in Corsica. I remember spending good times, totally bewitched by the natural heritage of the Corsican coast ...
Beaches in Porto-Vecchio
Santa Giulia Beach
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Santa Giulia Beach is, like many others in Corsica, overwhelming with its fine white sand and the colour of its waters, always blue and transparent. Located just a few kilometres from the city of Porto-Vecchio, in the Gulf of Santa Giulia, it can be accessed by Bonifacio road. This beach is particularly suited for families, because it is very safe to swim. The perimeter buoys allow children to enjoy swimming in the sea safely. As for adults, this place offers lots of activities. You can go kayaking or sailing without fighting big waves, ideal for beginners. To do this, head to the marina of Santa Giulia, located on the beach. The beach retains its natural look, despite all its equipment, because it's surrounded by trees. I didn't feel like I was on a crowded beach.
Nature Reserves in Porto-Vecchio
Natural Springs of Cavu Valley
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On my trip to Corsica, I hoped to discover its beautiful beaches with clear waters and beautiful shades of blue. And that was exactly what I found! I also discovered stunning landscapes. Cavu Valley is situated near the town of Rosso Taglio. On the banks of the river Cavu, the other side of the road, there is a transparent water fountain with white rocks and natural pools. I wanted only one thing: to get to the wild landscape and go for a dip. The only bad thing is that it is not always easy to find the right path down to the shore, because the slope is very steep. But all efforts will be rewarded upon arrival ... Surprisingly, the water is warm! It's very pure water, and I had a great time bathing in the fresh water after the salty sea ... For athletes, you can go hiking along the banks of the river, always pausing for a bath, of course! Idyllic landscapes.
Streets in Porto-Vecchio
Narrow Streets
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The city of Porto Vecchio is known for many adventures in the past. It's a different place that the Genoese never got ahold of, unlike what happened with the other. But this was not because of the military forces, but because of disease. The city was constructed on a marsh and malaria spread in the city, which stopped the invaders to adapt to the environment. Of course that was only in the past and present Porto Vecchio hosts many tourists. It is one of the most popular destinations for the stars. The only thing typical about the Genoese empire are the windows that open from the bottom, the walls and bastions. The center of Porto-Vecchio has a particular charm ... Walking through its narrow streets is a pleasure! What stands out is the fact that most of the houses are not higher than the walls in which homes were constructed. Only the palace is higher: ia Roman palace, from the Savelli family, which is extremely important in Porto Vecchio! The heart of town has many surprises awaiting tourists who come to visit.
Hiking in Porto-Vecchio
Ospedale Barrier
The area around Porto Vecchio offers many attractions apart from the beach. The mountains are not far from the coast of Corsica, to my delight. It is situated 19 km away from Porto Vecchio and 800 meters higher up is the small town of Ospedale, with its beautiful mansions and a beautiful stone church. For hiking enthusiasts, it is a good starting point for beautiful walks. A little further on, at an altitude of 948 meters, in the highest part of Porto Vecchio you can find the Ospedal artificial lake. Formed by a barrier, bathing is prohibited, but the view is fantastic. The Ospedal forest around the lake is rich in trees, but to the water's edge an almost lunar landscape surprises you ... It seems like a type of tree stump mixed with rocks. It is truly mazing. There, in the middle of nature, I appreciate the cool altitude in the summer ... The charm of Corsica is, in my opinion, that between the sea and the mountains there is a beautiful variety of landscapes.
Historical Monuments in Porto-Vecchio
The Courtyard
Porto Vecchio is known for being a predominantly touristy area, and very "chic" at that. More than just a few celebrities spend their holidays around here. The historic city center was nice, and you can't help but notice the beautiful patio. This beautiful dry stone building was an old hospital for Genoa soldiers. Its brick vault is typical of Porto Vecchio, and you can still can see the "ravens", i.e., the holes in the walls where the workers used to rig up the scaffolding during the construction of the building. In the square in front of the house, there's a bar that shares the same name. It's the perfect place for a night out. Its terrace with benches with cushions, and multicolored neon lights, invite you to sit and enjoy a lively atmosphere. There are cocktails, and the menu offers different things to choose from. During the busy season, there are concerts in the square. A place well worth a visit, both for the architecture of the courtyard, the building, and for the atmosphere of the bar of the same name!
Historical Monuments in Porto-Vecchio
The Genovesa Door
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The Genoese Porto Vecchio is one of the last remaining artefacts of the Genoese empire in the city. Indeed, the Genoese did not stay for long in this area, repelled by the living conditions. Being the city built on water, mosquito-borne epidemics often helped repel the enemy. It is easy to find when you stroll along the historic streets of the city. You should stop to see both sides of the door, which are very different from one another. The view seen through the door is also captivating ... you can see the salt which gave Porto Vecchio its nickname of "Salt City" when the marshes were transformed into 35 acres of salt, which freed the city of epidemics of the time.
Churches in Porto-Vecchio
Saint Jean-Baptiste Church
Porto Vecchio, situated on the southeast coast of Corsica, is a coastal town which offers many tourist attractions. There are also many magnificent beaches around the city and its historic center. The Church is situated in the center of the city, it is named after the patron saint of Porto Vecchio. Its construction was completed in the 19th Century ... When the inhabitants of the countryside came to the city they wanted to reconnect with the same architecture of their churches. The bell tower of the church of San Juan Bautista is thus a replica of Quenza city, the "capital" of the country they left behind. However, the church was not finished at all: it was missing two columns and a patio that were part of the original design. But the church was built as we see it today thanks to the donations of the inhabitants, and the lack of money which limited the project. But it doesn´t matter, I was totally fascinated by the beauty of its architecture. Also worth seeing, just opposite, is the Chapel of the Holy Cross, which was built in the 17th Century, and belongs to the unique Corsican brotherhood Porto Vecchio.
Islands in Porto-Vecchio
Corcega
Corsica is a beautiful island with many natural sights. It is one of the jewels of France. Diving enthusiasts can find beautiful lagoons with crystal blue water at 28 degrees. The worst thing is the crossing from Marseille (France) as it is quite expensive. Once there, you can rent a boat and start for the west coast of the island. You won't be disappointed!
Historical Monuments in Porto-Vecchio
Bastions and Walls
The town of Porto-Vecchio is full of history. Known for being impregnable to the Genoese, few vestiges remain of the empire of the city. Little is visible at first glance, there are some remains of its citadel that was built by the Genoese: walls and five bastions at each corner of the city. Of the 5 bastions, three are private, one is in ruins and you can only visit the bastion of France. All dry stone, red and gray granite, it was restored in 1980. Today it hosts exhibitions in the summer and artistic events. As for the walls, they have become homes! As surprising as it may seem, at one time they were emptied and converted into housing when there was a need of it. Walking around the city, take notice of the stone houses: they are the old defensive walls of the city!
Lakes in Porto-Vecchio
Hiking in Porto-Vecchio
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Squares in Porto-Vecchio
Plaza de la República
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Cities in Porto-Vecchio
Porto Vecchio
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Porto Vecchio is one of the most famous cities of Corsica and also the most touristy. Every year thousands of people come up here, especially in summer, to enjoy the sun, beach and party, three things that are never lacking in this city. Many believe that in addition to these three elements, Porto Vecchio has an overwhelming beauty and considered one of the most beautiful cities of the island. Unfortunately, not my case. Maybe I expected too much and was subsequently disappointed, but I think there are far more unknown beautiful cities in Corsica. Anyway, what can not be denied is that this city has a great atmosphere and is fully serviced, so those wishing to spend a holiday here will not have any regrets. In Porto Vecchio there are three clearly different areas with the Citadel, the most touristy place, the harbor, full of nightclubs and, finally, the modern city. The modern city is situated around an immense avenue for the most expensive shops in the city. This is a great place for fashion lovers because they are all designer shops. In recent years huge malls have marred pretty Porto Vecchio, especially in its suburbs, although there have allowed many more services to become available to tourists. In this part of the city there are numerous hotels, slightly cheaper than those in within the citadel. I say cheaper, because Porto Vecchio is not exactly cheap, on the contrary, it is one of the most expensive cities in the island. You must pay for the glamour Ah! I forgot to say that although Porto Vecchio has no beaches, nearby, you can find the best beaches on the island. Yes, in summer many go so you must go early if you want to get a place.
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Beaches in Porto-Vecchio
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