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Guide to Porto-Vecchio

A town oozing with French charm

Situated on the south-eastern coast of Corsica, Porto Vecchio is an attractive old town bursting with character and elegance. Renowned for its spirited ambiance and impressive history, the town is home to a bustling port with Roman origins and a lively marina, both overlooked by a picturesque old town and a 16th-century fortification. With beautiful beaches to see here too, Porto Vecchio is a destination for a superyacht charter bucket list. 

Decades ago, Porto Vecchio’s natural lagoon-like harbor was an attractive proposition for the diverse succession of rulers who once travelled to Corsica. Today, it hosts a vibrant marina for the most luxurious yachts that gather there, ready to enjoy a remarkably lavish summer vacation.

Claimed to be Corsica’s jewel in the southeast, Porto Vecchio's Old Town is one of Corsica’s most popular thanks to its characterful maze of streets and an array of luxurious restaurants, bars, and boutiques. Often referred to as the "Corsican St Tropez", the town is highly fashionable with ample opportunities for shopping and enjoying the picturesque french cafes that easily lure you in for a spot of people watching. Many jetsetters enjoy soaking up the French sunshine and sipping apéritifs along the marina before indulging in an evening of fine dining and fascinating views. 

Retaining its imitable Corsican character, the hundred-mile-long French region is also home to beautiful anchorages surrounded by picturesque mountains and turquoise waters. For lovers of the sea, one of the greatest attractions of a superyacht charter is the freedom to explore both above and below the water. Heading to the south of the island you will find the beach of Palmonbaggia, known for its turquoise waters and white sands and secluded snorkelling spots. Be sure not to miss the opportunity to visit La Maddalena National park where the sands are made from crushed coral, giving them a vibrant pink color. This area is perfect for snorkelling and exploring the fascinating marine life down below. 

If you’re looking to do something a little different on land, venture on an escapade to the mountainous region of Alta Rocca, an area known for its gorgeous gorges, rivers, and waterfalls. Spend the day exploring the miraculous Corsican landscapes followed by an evening spent tasting some of the finest traditional French cuisine. Michelin star restaurant, U Santa Marina is the perfect location to wind down after a day venturing in the Mediterranean sunshine. Select a seat at a waterside table and watch the sun go down as you indulge in the artful contemporary dishes created especially for you. 

With an abundance of French charm, sophistication and historic beauty, Porto Vecchio is promised to be an excellent destination for yacht charters. If you are interested in a crewed private yachting experience around the Corsican waters, view all of the yachts for charter in Corsica and start planning your next vacation with a reccomended yacht charter broker.

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Reasons to Visit

Historic old town
Beautiful harbour
Luxurious fine dining
Secluded snorkelling spots

Good For

  • Snorkeling
  • Monuments
  • Marine Life
  • Shopping
  • Fine Dining
  • Anchorage
  • Mountains

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