Porto Vecchio, the third biggest town in Corsica, is home to around 12,000 residents all year round and welcomes as many tourists during the summer period. Formerly a major salt producer (producing over 1,000 tonnes of salt a year), Porto Vecchio is covered in magnificent salt marshes, which now lie abandoned. However, the ‘city of salt’ still owes its nickname to its illustrious past. Its breathtaking scenery and its proximity to the sea make renting a boat at Porto Vecchio one of the region’s unmissable activities. After the Second World War, the marshlands that used to cover the city of salt were reclaimed, allowing the town’s rapid development. Since the 1980s, the city of salt has become a sought-after tourist resort, notably serviced by Figari Airport. Many celebrities call this little corner of paradise home and you could bump into Carla Bruni, Laetitia Casta or even Paris Hilton there.
Porto Vecchio boasts a marina as well as a commercial port. The city of salt is linked all-year round to the port of Marseille and during the good weather to the Italian ports of Spezia, Naples and Palau. The marina is one of the four best-equipped ports in France and handles 30,000 admissions a year. Our professional boat rental partners at Porto Vecchio offer a full range of services, in addition to those offered by the port. An extension to the marina is currently in progress, aiming to increase the number of spaces and to improve the port’s services. Opened in 1969, the port was initially reserved for residents and fishermen. Today, boat rental in the port of Porto Vecchio occupies an important place in the life of the marina.
With your rental boat at Porto Vecchio, set sail to discover the region’s idyllic beaches. Palombaggia beach, with its unusually-shaped maritime pines and turquoise waters, is worth a detour. Heading towards Santa Giulia beach you can also stop at Tamaricciu beach. Ideal for a day of relaxation, Santa Giulia beach is another little corner of paradise perfect for recharging your batteries. The water there is so clear that you could be in the Caribbean, and thanks to your boat rental at Porto Vecchio, you can take up scuba diving. The beaches of Pinarellu and Saint Cyprien are equally remarkable. They slope gently for the most part and allow for a swim in total serenity.