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Porto-Vecchio is a small and yet very dynamic city located in the southeast part of Corsica. Porto-Vecchio, which means "Old Port" in Corsican, welcomes tourists in search of warmer weather all year round. The port and beaches make for the perfect Mediterranean vacation. The city has managed to retain all the charms of a small town while attracting tourists thanks to modern amenities and a wide selection of outdoors activities. Booking a room in one of the Porto-Vecchio hotels listed by Venere is a quick and easy process. Choose your Porto-Vecchio accommodation and focus on planning your trip and activities and make sure to use the handy map function to ensure you stay close to the sites you want to see.
What's Porto-Vecchio Like
Porto-Vecchio was originally a port built by the Romans due to the shallow water and convenient location off the Italian coast. The port later became a Genoese settlement, but malaria forced residents out of Porto-Vecchio. The city remained fairly empty until the 1950s. Porto-Vecchio therefore has a unique mix of old architecture that dates back to the Roman and Genoese settlement alongside modern buildings. Porto-Vecchio is near three amazing beaches - Palombaggia, Tamaricciu, and Santa Giulia. The port is of course one of the main attractions of the city. If you can, travel to the nearby cities of Sari-Solenzara, Conca, and Lecci. Do not miss the impressive remains from the Bronze Age, including the Torre citadel and the fortifications of Castellu di Tappa and Castellu di d'Araghju.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Porto-Vecchio
Porto-Vecchio is a popular tourist destination but, due to the smaller size of the city, you will find that there are less tourists than in the north of the island or on its western coast. Porto-Vecchio residents, called Portivechjacciu in the Corsican dialect, tend to have a reserved attitude. You will not stand out if you dress in shorts and a t-shirt since everyone is used to seeing tourists, but avoid being loud or impatient. Porto-Vecchio residents will have a more friendly attitude if you are respectful and remember that you are a guest. Make sure you take a stroll on the old port towards the end of the day to see how residents get together, and try some of the traditional food offered in restaurants and cafes on the port. Traditional foods include charcuterie, local cheeses, and Pietra beer or Corsican myrtle liquor. Check out the selection of Porto-Vecchio hotels offered by Venere to book your stay near the old port and enjoy the relaxing Mediterranean vacation you have always dreamed of.
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