South of Porto Vecchio, Santa Giulia is ideally located for those wanting to explore the south coast. The beach is simply idyllic with a string of sandy bays backed by parasol pines and a good selection of shops, restaurants and water sports for hire. Behind the beach, there is a residential area with a number of properties enjoying stunning sea views.
Santa Giulia is a very popular beach close to Porto Vecchio. With pale yellow sand and turquoise bays, it can be just as crowded as its more famous cousin, Palombaggia. The shallow and crystal clear waters are also ideal for families.
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.
A beautiful half moon of white sand and turquoise water to the North of Porto Vecchio that has several water sports facilities.
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.
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
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.
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.