What to do in Porto-Vecchio ?
The hotel is located in the heart of Porto-Vecchio, a seaside resort in the far south of Corsica, less than 2 minutes’ walk from the town’s historic centre, close to bars and restaurants. From this ideal position, you will have access to all the shops that, in season, offer late-night shopping. Surrounding you, discover the natural gems of Corsica, stretching from the sea to the mountains…
The sea and beaches of the far south
From Porto-Vecchio, you will quickly reach the most beautiful beaches that have made southern Corsica famous: Palombaggia, Santa Giulia, Rondinara, St Cyprien, Pinarello, unmissable sites where crystal clear waters and fine sand are bordered by flowery and fragrant scrubland.
To the north and south of Porto-Vecchio, you have a choice of idyllic beaches to choose from! In a maximum of 10-15 minutes by car, you will discover magnificent breathtaking panoramas, a vision of natural landscapes as beautiful as those of the Caribbean, with preserved and protected natural spaces.. Walking along our coasts will offer you wonderful memories, engraved on your mind like a postcard decor.
The mountains and hiking
You can also take advantage of your stay in the far south to visit remarkable sites such as Bonifacio, Sartene and our magnificent mountain hinterland: Alta Rocca. It should not be forgotten that Corsica is a mountain in the sea and that I Korsi were originally mountain people, having settled on the heights in order to protect themselves as far as possible from barbaric invasions.
Sumptuous and grandiose mountains and picturesque villages make up the Alta Rocca, a green andmountainous hinterland. The Bavella peaks at 1855 m, the Cuscionu plateau and its pozzines at 1500 m and the Alcudina dominating from the top of its 2134 m the extreme south of Corsica. It is a paradise and an ideal playground for walkers. The most beautiful hiking trails start here, who has never dreamed of discovering the Mare a Mare or tackling the GR 20 ?
The town of Porto-Vecchio
The hotel is located in the heart of Porto-Vecchio, a very lively seaside resort in the far south of Corsica, less than 2 minutes walk from the city’s historic centre, close to bars and restaurants. From this ideal position, you will have access to all the shops in the old town which, in season, offer late-night shopping. The port is located at the foot of the citadel and you can easily reach it on foot or by free shuttle buses.
Porto-Vecchio is rich in history. Called the “City of Salt”, thanks to its salt marshes, it has long supplied the whole island and exported its white gold. Other endemic resources such as cork or maritime pine made Porto-Vecchio a renowned and dynamic commercial port in previous centuries.
The history of Porto-Vecchio
The origins of Porto-Vecchio are attributed to the 6th century, when the Romans settled there and named it Portus Syracusanus. But there are still much older remains dating back to the Torrean period of the 3rd and 2nd millennia BC. Characterized by its towers or torre, this Bronze Age culture was based on agriculture, livestock and metallurgy. Dating from this civilization, we still have magnificent megalithic sites such as Tappa, Cucuruzzu or Filitosa.
In the Middle Ages, the fertile plain of Porto-Vecchio, infested by malaria, was deserted. At that time, the Corsicans lived in the mountains. Under the control of the lords of Rocca, and the office of Saint-Georges, the extreme south was organized in “piève” or village administrations, Porto-Vecchio depended on that of Carbini.