Ideally located between the mountains and the sea, Tarrabucceta is a quaint hamlet with a charming Mediterranean feel. The main towns of Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio are only 15km away and can be easily accessed via quiet country roads. There are also plenty of country walks in this area and further roads leading easily to the central mountains. Tarrabucceta will appeal to customers wanting a peaceful country setting with an authentic Corsican atmosphere.
Gulfe de Figari
These secluded and unfrequented coves are just delightful – a gorgeous string of narrow sandy creeks spread around a shallow turquoise bay. If you can’t bear the crowds of the more popular beaches in the height of the summer season, then these will just be the perfect choice for you. You can access any of the coves via unmarked dirt tracks through the maquis and a few minutes walk.
Arguably the most famous beach on the island, the beach at Palombaggia is one of Corsica's finest and therefore one of its most popular. It was voted one of Europe's top 20 beaches in a poll in the Times this year and as such it can be very crowded in peak season - and it's easy to see why. An exquisite blend of fine white sand guarded by huge red granite rocks and fronted with gorgeous blue seas, and lined with beautiful pine trees. The access road may seem long and it can be crowded in high season, but at any other time of year is well worth a visit.
This exquisite bay situated 7km north of Porto Vecchio with its fine sweep of yellow sand is more than worth a visit and was recently included in The Times' list of the best 20 beach holidays in Europe. While you're there you can check out the near perfect Genoese tower which dominates the peninsula. It has a long sweep of soft white sand and is backed by a pine forest, ideal for any members of the party who need shade.
This is another very popular beach close to Porto Vecchio. In contrast to Palombaggia it has pale yellow sand but it can be just as crowded as its more famous cousin. It has a good selection of shops and restaurants and it is also very popular with water sports enthusiasts.
A beautiful half moon of white sand and turquoise water to the North of Porto Vecchio that has several water sports facilities.
Foire de Porto Vecchio - Porto Vecchio, June
Traditional artisan fair.
Lumieres de Toscane - Porto Vecchio, June
Lyrical concerts, parades, theatrical representations, art exhibitions, arts and crafts, cinematography and workshops for schoolchildren. This event is held in three places: cultural centre, bastion de France and the narrow streets of the town.
Journées Médiévales - Bonifacio, June
A variety of mediaeval entertainment and exhibitions.
Fete de la Nativite de la Vierge - Bonifacio, September
Stuffed aubergines ‘a la Bonifacienne’ are prepared and distributed amongst the people attending the ceremony of this religious feast.
Mosaicales du Rire de Porto Vecchio - Porto Vecchio, September
A new event for the ‘City of Salt’. The Tourist Office and Philippe Delmas Productions, the organisers, wanted to create a major event welcoming both famous French comedians and up-and-coming artists as well as celebrities to entertain - All under the theme of laughter.
Defi Inter-Isles - Bonifacio, September
Supporting the Corsican windsurf championships, this competition will see some hundred windsurfers from all corners of the world participating.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Visit Restaurant "U Fuconu"
Located only 5 minutes drive away in Figari Village, this quaint local restaurant offers home made, Corsican specialities at a reasonable price making it well worth a visit. Live Corsican music is normally played at the weekends adding to this delightful atmosphere..
Old Porto Vecchio
The old Genoese walled town still seduces visitors with its picturesque narrow streets and the austerity of its high stone houses that are set within the Citadel's ramparts. Wander the ancient streets, the Borgo, where you can see the enormous twisted tree of the Place de la Republique, the 19th century church of St-Jean Baptiste and the gallery housed within the Bastion di A Funtana Vechju.
Porto Vecchio Marina
Within a few minutes walk of the old town, the marina lined with cafés is an excellent place to enjoy a leisurely drink during those hot summer evenings. There is also a variety of boat trips on offer with tours around the beautiful coastline.
A short drive inland from Porto Vecchio will bring you to the Ospedale forest, and some great spots for a picnic.
At Corsica’s southernmost point, the fortress town of Bonifacio sits in an isolated location perched high on a limestone plateau and surrounded by an expanse of maquis. Mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, the precipitous white cliffs overhang the turquoise waters below and are honeycombed with old watery grottoes. Established in 833, the old town is rich in history with its dramatic Citadel, ramparts and maze of narrow cobbled streets. The newer harbour has a more Italian flair with an abundance of cafés and restaurants dotted along the Quai Comparetti – the perfect spot to watch the yachts set sail.