As an inland alternative to HomeAway's beach accommodation at Pinarellu, villas and apartments in Ste Lucie de Porto-Vecchio are positioned perfectly for access to both the sea and mountains. Of course, the settlement's namesake port of Porto-Vecchio, with even more choices of accommodation, is only around ten miles away. Holiday rentals in Ste Lucie de Porto-Vecchio are more convenient for daily food shopping than other outlying villages, thanks to a couple of small supermarkets. There are lots of beaches to choose from on this stretch of coast, and Ste Lucie de Porto-Vecchio accommodations' positioning on the main road means access is swifter than most to that prime beach real estate. The proximity to the mountains means days out in picturesque mountain villages like Zonza and the alpine wilderness beyond are great for hikers and bikers. Horse trekking is popular, too, and Corsica has over 1,200 miles of trails to explore, including the famous GR 20.
Inland Ste Lucie de Porto-Vecchio self caterings more often than not have access to a pool. The vast majority have a barbecue area and fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher. Most also have laundry facilities, and internet access and satellite TV for entertainment in the evenings.
Beaches: Pinarellu Beach is the closest, and it's a beauty with white sands, sparkling blue water and a somewhat unspoiled backdrop. For a little added texture, the beach is watched over by a historic Genoese Tower, one of a ring of coastal forts built by the Genoese during their period of occupation.
Nightlife: Nightlife tends to be quite subdued in Ste Lucie de Porto-Vecchio, with only a few restaurants and bars; though these are ideal for those looking to have a quiet night out with the family. There are, of course, a couple of beachfront establishments in Pinarellu, but for a more robust night out, Porto-Vecchio itself is only a short drive away.
Outdoor pursuits: There couldn't be more to do. The nearby Pinarellu Beach has facilities catering to watersports, as does Porto-Vecchio with its marinas. The gateway to the mountains is through Zonza, about ten miles away, which is very popular with hikers and bikers.
Shopping: Porto-Vecchio itself is probably the best shopping on the island, largely due to the demands of the international sailing crowd, for which Corsica is a popular destination. Regular buses link to the town if driving, (or more accurately, parking) isn't a desirable prospect. Look for the artisanal food shops and fashion boutiques.
Culture: There are too many ruins to list, but Bronze Age and Roman predominate, as do the defensive Genoese Towers, 87 of which ring the island. Guided tours are available of the citadel in Porto-Vecchio, which is now one of several museums, and the old town has some interesting galleries to explore.
Dry, hot summer and mild winters typify the Mediterranean climate, with high summer temperatures averaging around 28°C. Winters see highs in the mid-teens. Frosts are almost unheard of during the winter, with about one a decade. There's not much rain, but most of what does fall arrives in the autumn.
Of the four airports on Corsica, two are convenient for Ste Lucie de Porto-Vecchio: Figari and Solonzara, about 28 and 22 miles away respectively. Unfortunately, these require connecting flights from mainland Europe if travelling from the UK. Direct flights in only go to Bastia and Ajaccio airports, about 83 and 90 miles away, respectively. Some visitors may find it more convenient to fly directly into Marseille and use the Marseille to Porto-Vecchio ferry.