Between sea and mountain, Porto Vecchio is a town in Corsica, overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Repeatedly destroyed and always rebuilt, the town is one of the oldest ports in Corsica. Nowadays, it is the fashionable city of the island.
The Genoese founded the island in 1539 as a defensive base and for export. After that, from 1540 to 1589, the village was destroyed and rebuilt three times. At the end, the Republic of Genoa finally gave the island to France in 1768.
Today it is one of the tourist attractions of Corsica and it is famous for its marina full of international yachts. The old centre has narrow streets and the Genuese Fortress at the top, maintaining its original mediaeval atmosphere. Moreover, visitors can try cafes, restaurants and buy in local boutiques. The town offers a wide range of accommodations, traditional and modern and restaurants with international and local cuisines. Moreover, travellers can buy at the souvenir shops selling local perfumes and design products.
Nearby Porto Vecchio, travellers can enjoy mountain sceneries and beautiful white sand beaches. The area offers diverse sport activities like kite surfing and scuba diving. Two famous beaches on the south of the town are Santa Giulia and Palombaggia. They have quite turquoise water, white send and pine trees all around. Moreover, just half an hour from the town travellers can visit the Ospedale Forest. This is a vast forest perfect for a walk, hiking or horseback riding.
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