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Best things to do in Porto-Vecchio

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Where in the world: Europe  /  France  /  Corsica  /  Corse-du-Sud  /  Porto-Vecchio

Top 15 things to do in Porto-Vecchio

1. Plage de Palombaggia

Flanked by mountains and a pine forest, Plage de Palombaggia is ranked as one of the 10 best beaches in all of Europe. Pink granite surrounds the beach adding to the rich variety of terrain and colors. This protected site has powdery, golden sandy beaches stretching for 2 km (1.2 mi) that are ideal for relaxing, sun bathing, and swimming in the crystal-blue sea.

Given its immense popularity, the beach gets crowded during the summer, especially at the northern narrow end because it's closer to the parking lot. The beach widens as you go south and tends to be less busy. Going early will ensure that you get an ideal spot to set up, and find easier parking. Lifeguards watch swimmers during the peak summer season making this an ideal spot to bring active children. You'll have many opportunities to enjoy water sports with several rental and guide companies that provide snorkeling, wind surfing, kayaking, pedal boating, and diving.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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2. Plage de Santa Giulia, Santa Giulia

With pearly white powder-soft sands and an aquamarine sea, Plage de Santa Giulia is sure to take your breath away. The large lagoon-style sea is quite calm and shallow, allowing you to wade out to the small reef areas. The dazzling colors alone are amplified by the surrounding mountains and pines tree forests. As dazzling as any Caribbean beach, this is a paradise for water sport enthusiasts too. You can paddle a kayak in the knee-deep water, or hire a snorkeling guide to bring you out to the reef at the south side of the crescent.

As an ideal beach for small children, this area gets quite crowded so it's a good idea to arrive early for a prime spot. In the center of the beach is a bar restaurant with plenty of shade; a quieter bar is located on the northern end of the beach.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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3. Scuba & Snorkeling

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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4. Corsica Extreme Sud Day 4X4 Excursions from Porto-Vecchio

FROM $330
"Privatized" 4X4 excursion carried out by a native guide of the region. Lunch in a mountain inn with traditional Corsican dishes; Easy walk to discover exceptional panoramas. Discovery of Corsican aromatic plants (immortelle, Corsican thyme ...)
Suggested duration: 8h
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5. Waterskiing & Jetskiing

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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6. Boat Tours & Water Sports

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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7. Plage de Tamaricciu

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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8. Corsica and Bonifacio Private Yacht Trip from Sardinia

FROM $1,582
With this private experience you will have a cruise on a luxury yacht, swim in crystal clear waters, visit the lovely town of Bonifacio, enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine, stop at the beautiful islands of Cavallo and Lavezzi
Suggested duration: 7h
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9. Bonifacio Citadel, Bonifacio

Built in the 9th century, Bonifacio Citadel is located on a sandstone promontory overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Today, it is more like a museum or a mini village packed with sun-bleached ramshackle houses. Walk the narrow passages to view artisans forging knives and carving wooden goods, and jewelers offering fashions made with the remarkably deep red coral indigenous to the area. Many restaurants, shops, and cafés line the walkways with outdoor seating areas overlooking the Mediterranean. Stroll the maze of alleyways with decorations and designs that go back to medieval times complete with a historical marine cemetery.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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10. Off-Road Tours

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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11. Cascade de Piscia

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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12. Corsica Ajaccio Private Tour with Driver and Optional Guide with Hotel Transfer

FROM $564
The tour will start off from your hotel or place of choice. We can also arrange a private port pick up. We will pick your up privately and start your tour. There are so many traditions and historical towns to get to know that Corsica is a unique island! Corsica is located 12km from Sardinia and it is actually closer to Italy that France! The history that involves Corsica is enormous. The history goes from Romans, Greeks, Byzantines, Franks and so many more until it was finally conquered by France! Enjoy this private tour with a private vehicle and separate driver and optional official tour guide: Here are some locations you can enjoy during your private tour: Calanques de Piana Calvi Citadel Plage de Palombaggia, Porto - Vecchio Maison Bonaparte, Ajaccio Bonifacio Citadel Aiguilles de Bavella, Zonza View of Plage de Saleccia, Santo Pietro di Tenda Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra We will drop you off at your hotel, cruise or place of choice.
Suggested duration: 8h
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13. Ecole Golf

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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14. Punta di A Vaca Morta

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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15. Bonifacio - Excursion From Sardinia

FROM $445
BONIFACIO is a star attraction in CORSICA, drawing visitors from all over the island and overseas to marvel at its medieval houses precariously teetering on the edge of the imposing limestone cliffs. BONIFACIO’s Old Town, with a labyrinth of narrow streets and historic buildings, was built by the Genoese and is a fascinating place to wander around. Founded in 828 AD by Count Bonifacio of Tuscany, its natural harbour bears a striking resemblance to the home of the Laestrygonians referred to in Homer’s Odyssey of the 7th century BC. BONIFACIO also boasts a busy marina filled with impressive yachts and lined with chic bars, restaurants and hotels, enhancing the vibrancy of this fashionable coastal resort. Add to this the fact that BONIFACIO is close to several idyllic, unspoiled Corsican beaches as well as staggeringly beautiful mountains, and you have a near perfect, varied holiday destination.
Suggested duration: 8h
Tours from $445 › More about this tour at viator.com ›