Located on the south east corner of Corsica, France, Porto Vecchio is a wonderfully picturesque resort on the coast, offering a sophisticated break in the sun. The attractions of the old fortified town are numerous, but it is the powder soft sands and fantastic sailing credentials which have put holidays to Porto Vecchio on the top of most visitors wish lists. Porto Vecchio has a very sophisticated, chic atmosphere, with self catering Porto Vecchio villas being a favourite haunt for the French film industry.
The old town is a holiday destination in itself. Filled with hugely fashionable and smart shops, the cobbled streets of Porto Vecchio have no end of attractions, with open air restaurants and atmospheric cafes surrounding the main square. La Tour Genoise and the Porto Vecchio Fortress are well worth visiting from any villa, apartment or property in the area. In the evenings, the old town is a wonderful place to have a drink, as the nightlife is great fun, but not dominated with raucous youths by any means.
There are a huge range of beaches to explore whilst on holiday in Porto Vecchio accommodation. The most famous beach in the area, Palombaggia is stunning, with fine, white sand stretching around the inside of the bay, always attracting a small crowd during the long summer months. If you would prefer to have the whole beach to yourself, there are some excellent remote beaches within striking distance of a Porto Vecchio villa, many of which are only accessible by foot or even by boat! Porto Vecchio harbour is filled with boats and yachts. Boat hire and sailing lessons are readily available, letting even the most inexperienced sailors take a day slowly exploring the coast, drop anchor on an idyllic, deserted beach and relax in the sun with a picnic.
Inland from a self catering Porto Vecchio property, nature lovers will be right in their element. The Ospedale Forest carpets the foothills of the mountains, providing walkers, mountain bikers and bird watchers with a huge amount of terrain in which to slowly explore the Corsican environment. There are also riding stables and 4x4 off-road centres in and around Porto Vecchio, giving visitors many more options for getting into the countryside.
The beach centres of Calcatoggio and Solenzara are a must for any water sport enthusiasts on holiday to Porto Vecchio. Offering almost every water sport from kite-surfing to sailing, windsurfing to scuba diving, a holiday rental property in these resorts is the perfect base for a beach holiday, although they are not as chic as Porto Vecchio!
The summer in Corsica is impossibly long, with conditions from May until October being blissfully warm. Average monthly temperatures remain above 27˚C throughout the duration of this period, soaring to above 30˚C for July and August.
Figari Sud-Corse Airport (FSC) is located just 20km from the centre of Porto Vecchio, meaning that despite its remoteness, holidays to Porto Vecchio are easily taken from the UK. ThomsonFly have made this especially easy, providing cheap flights from both London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester (MAN) airports. There are great hire car facilities at the airport, and you can also get to Porto Vecchio by bus or boat.