Camping Porto-Vecchio

Porto-Vecchio, the landmark town of south-eastern Corsica, enchants thousands of visitors every year. From the harbour to the citadel and, of course, the beaches, discover one of the loveliest towns on the Island of Beauty.

Do you know Porto-Vecchio?

Porto-Vecchio is the third-largest town in Corsica and one of the most popular destinations on the island. Located in south-eastern Corsica, the town sits perched on the rocks between the sea and the mountains. Natural heritage of the kind that you’ll only find on the Mediterranean islands, combining turquoise waters, lakes and mountain forests within just a few square miles.

Its very special location means you can discover the many different facets of Corsica in one place. You’ll find something different to do every day and activities to please every member of your clan.


Porto-Vecchio is also known for its lively summer nightlife. From the Via Notte club to the bar lounge in the old town, here you can enjoy yourselves late into the summer evenings. It is also well worth visiting the town at dusk.

Finally, Porto-Vecchio has a lot of history. Many prehistoric sites can still be seen today, bearing witness to different eras. Visit them for a great way to learn about the history of the town and the different civilisations that have ruled Corsica, such as the Moors, the Sardinians and the Genoese.

If you are on holiday in eastern Corsica, a day trip to Porto-Vecchio is an absolute must during your stay!


Did you know?

Porto-Vecchio is also known as the “City of Salt” in reference to its salt marshes, which provided one of the town’s main sources of income. Found in the gulf of Porto-Vecchio, the marshes have been out of operation since the year 2000.

In the past, 1,000 tonnes of salt were harvested in the town. The site is now a popular tourist spot, with holidaymakers coming to admire the beautiful scenery and bird life. For example, you might spot pink flamingos or grey herons while you gaze at the setting sun. You can also hear about the local economic history.

And we can add a sporting anecdote: at the time of the centenary staging of the Tour de France in 2013, the race set off from Corsica, namely from Porto-Vecchio. In fact, it was the Tour’s first venture to the Island of Beauty. Corsica is actually the French region (excluding the overseas regions) the least visited by the Grande Boucle.


On your agenda?

There is lots to see and do in the town. A stroll in the old town is a must. Wander through the narrow streets and treat yourself to something from the craft shops. And take the time for a delicious ice cream or a drink on one of the pretty squares.

The Citadel is another place you simply must see. Built by the Genoese, it testifies to the town’s eventful history. The views it offers are a bonus. Then step inside the pretty church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste, built from granite. The stained-glass windows are stunning too.

As mentioned above, the town’s origins go back to Prehistoric times. Experts in the field will appreciate the different vestiges from this period: the Castellu d’Araghju, as well as the archaeological sites of Ceccia, Cucuruzzu, Capula and Tappa.


How can anyone visit Porto-Vecchio without mentioning the beaches? Discover the fine sandy beaches that have retained their wild beauty. Swim in the crystal-clear waters and admire the idyllic landscapes of the Corsican coast. Among the various places you can bathe, Palombaggia and Santa Giulia are outstanding and well worth a visit.  If you have time, try the Cala Rossa and Tamaricciu beaches too.

After the sea, it’s time to head for the mountains. With their forests, lakes and river swimming spots, you’ll be glad you made the climb! Of all the places to see, the mesmerising scenery around L’Ospedale lake and the Piscia di Gallu waterfall is definitely not to be missed.

If you have time, go up to the neighbouring village of Zonza, which is equally beautiful. If you come at the right time of year, you’ll even be able to watch the horse races held several weekends in summer. It’s not every day you get the chance to see horses racing in the mountains!