A short drive inland from Porto Vecchio will bring you to the edge of l’Ospedale, a traditional hillside village with a couple of authentic restaurants and fabulous views over the coast. Little touched by tourism, the area is one of Corsica’s best kept secrets with many picnic spots and plenty of walking trails. Discover the jaw-dropping scenery at Punta di a Vacca Morta or the paradise of Piscia di Gallo, Polischellu and Purcaraccia, with a series of emerald-green rock pools and picture-postcard waterfalls
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.
Palombaggia was recently included in the Sunday Times 'The 20 hottest European beaches for 2010' - view article online
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.
Fete de Paques: procession des Cinq Confréries - Bonifacio, March
The members of the Cinq Confréries march in a procession through the town and all meet in the parish church where they receive the blessing of the Sainte Croix relic insignia.
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.
Le Tour de Corse à la Voile - Bonifacio, October
The Tour de Corse à la Voile is a regatta from Bonifacio to Bonifacio, 250 nautical miles non-stop, organised by the Bonifacio Yacht Club, under the auspices of the Fédération Française de voile and the Ligue Corse de voile.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
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.
Reach Bonifacio by car within 30 minutes, and explore its port, taking a walk via the caves and cliffs, wander the citadel in the old town, stopping at the number of cafés and shops en route or take a trip across to Sardinia for the day via ferry and check out the market on Thursdays.