And spend an unforgettable holiday in Porto-Vecchio
To the sea !
You have decided to spend your holidays in the south of the “island of beauty” Be prepared to have the holiday you have only ever dreamt about !
Here, fauna and flora are preserved, the air is healthy and pure, nature is generous. Around Porto-Vecchio you will discover the gems of the extreme south of Corsica, and more particularly near the U Pirellu residence where the Picovaggia peninsula stretches out, including the Chiappa lighthouse and marking the beginning of the Straits of Bonifacio nature reserve.
To the south of Porto-Vecchio, Picovaggia is a peninsula bounded by the Gulf of Porto-Vecchio to the east and the Chiappa lighthouse to the west. Here begins the protection of the coastline and the nature reserve of the Straits of Bonifacio. The seabed is intact and Posidonia meadows preserve endemic marine species. The San Marco wharf protects the boats of local fishermen, and the Gulf is the playground for young Picovaggians who enjoy a variety of water sports. The salt lake is a real nesting box for many protected bird species and migratory birds that like to rest there in winter, on their long journey to other latitudes…
Carataggiu cove is located a few miles from the Chiappa lighthouse by the sea, it is accessible in 20 minutes by foot just after the hamlet of Picovaggia, via a pedestrian path. For a long time it was “Tahiti beach” because of its wild and natural appearance, its white sands and its waters in turquoise shades. A pleasant walk through the scrubland will take you to this heavenly cove. You can enjoy the tranquility of the place (out of season) and spend a day of sunbathing and idleness or go snorkeling along the coast…
A postcard setting best describes the famous beach of Palombaggia, starting at the exit of Picovaggia hamlet. I Pini is the first cove you will encounter, lined with pink porphyry rocks and junipers. It is surrounded by incredibly shaped maritime pines, forged by the wind. A few minutes later you will reach the long cove of “cala di Lume”, which is very popular in summer. The famous pine tree, an iconic star, marks the junction with Tamaricciu beach, known for its many straw huts and water sports. Just after, Folacca marks the boundary of Palombaggia.
Asciaghju cove, located due west, is ideally protected on windy days. This small wild bay is bordered by dunes, maritime pines, fragrant scrubland and porphyry rocks. Snorkellers will be in an aquarium, as the water is so crystal clear. A swimming area is delimited and monitored during the summer season. Here, you will rub shoulders with the locals who come here at the weekend to find a quiet spot. You mustn’t miss Vincent “l’Acciaro”‘s beach restaurant, one of the oldest in the area: no fuss, you will be welcomed as if you were at home…
Idyllic Santa Giulia
Santa Giulia was, at the beginning of the 1970s, the first location in Corsica for the “Club Méditerranée”, which disappeared in the 1990s. This idyllic bay is very popular during the summer season because it is renowned for being suitable for children’s swimming because of its shallow waters. It is a site where everyone will be contented, from those who prefer a lazy day on the sun-lounger to those who are passionate about sport as Santa Giulia is also a base for water sports. This shell-shaped bay, protected from the wind, is a refuge for boats in case of high winds…
A nature reserve
Here, the protection of the natural heritage takes on its full meaning! The nature reserve of the Straits of Bonifacio protects all species, whether animal and plant, but also the cultural and historical heritage of the far south. A chance for us to preserve an environment whose human movements date back to the 6th century BC. Rural heritage, coastal paths, underwater wrecks, our entire history including the endemic flora and marine fauna are all under surveillance. This special attention gives our land its natural aspect that you can only admire, and respect of course !