* Southern CorsicaThe attractions of Southern Corsica are based around the magical combination of the sea and the mountains.Porto-Vecchio, the star resort in the south of the island, is renowned for its plethora of cultural activities, its citadel, and its marina. Around the surrounding gulf, long beaches of fine sand, backed by expansive pine groves, extend northwards to the charming villages of Lecci and Sainte Lucie de Porto-Vecchio. Just a few minutes away, the Aiguilles de Bavella dominate the skyline of the Alta Rocca mountain range, where you'll find fast-flowing rivers, authentic villages and magnificent scenery.
* Unique lanscapeIn Southern Corsica you can choose from a vast choice of activities in unspoilt surroundings. The diversity of the region's landscapes makes it possible to enjoy every type of outdoor activity, including hiking, horse-trekking, climbing, canyoning, via ferrata, windsurfing, water skiing, scuba diving, golf, mountain biking, quad biking, hunting and fishing. This natural playground offers as many exciting activities as it does breathtaking sites.
* Visiting the townMP3 audio-guides enable visitors to discover the history of Porto-Vecchio. This fascinating tour along the ramparts of the citadel will reveal the secrets of five centuries of history. Rent your MP3 player from the Porto-Vecchio Municipal Tourist Office. Audio-guides are available in French, English, German, Italian and Spanish. Cost: 2.50€, for a 90min historical tour.The "Porto-Vecchio & the Vengeance of Le Ludareddu’’ treasure hunt is available for 8-12-year-olds, who can explore the citadel via this informative game. Games cards can be purchased from the Municipal Tourist Office (1.50€).Not to be missed:To the south of the gulf of Porto-Vecchio, the long sandy beaches of Palombaggia and Santa Giulia, backed by extensive pine groves. Just a few minutes away, the village of l’Ospedale, with its magnificent panoramic views. Perched at an altitude of 900m in the middle of a forest, its footpaths and rivers are perfect for a range of outdoor pursuits.
*Festival / Events
"Le Critérium International" - 27 and 28 March 2010: in 2010, this famous cycle race will be held on the Island of Beauty for the first time in its history. Now in its 79th year, the race will follow the usual formula of three stages (one on the flat, one in the mountains, and a time trial), with details to be revealed in early February.
"La Semaine de la Critique du Festival de Cannes" - 24 to 29 May 2010: for one week at the end of the Cannes Festival, the Cinémathèque de Corse and the Semaine de la Critique invite you to discover the future stars of world cinema at the Casa di Lume.
"World Aquabike Championships" - first week of June 2010: Runabout, Freestyle, and Men's and Women's Ski Division are four disciplines that will attract the leading names in the world of jet-skiing to the magnificent location of the Gulf of Porto-Vecchio.
"International Latin Dance Festival" - first week of July 2010: dance through the night to the sound of Latin rhythms. Dance evenings, entertainment and Latin dance demonstrations will be held throughout the town. Courses in disciplines such as Cuban salsa, cha-cha-cha and Argentine tango will also be available, with courses for all abilities, ranging from beginners to experienced dancers.
"Les Mosaïcales du Rire" festival - third week of September 2010: a weekend dedicated to laughter, where nationally acclaimed guest comedians will perform their stand-up acts. A great occasion to discover new talent via the Young Comedians' Competition.
"A Fiera di Portivechju" festival - first week of October 2010: a 2,000m² tented village will set up around the marina to host around 60 exhibitors as part of the "Journées Corses de l'artisanat et du Savoir-faire", an event which celebrates Corsican arts and crafts. The festival agenda will include cultural and sporting events, dance evenings and concerts of traditional Corsican polyphonic song.
* GastronomyIn terms of gastronomy, Southern Corsica also benefits from the fusion of the sea and the mountains. Nature makes a major contribution to the wealth of local Corsican cuisine, which is based around products from both the land and sea. These natural, seasonal ingredients, infused with delicate and subtle flavours are of the very highest quality: aromatic herbs, game, fish and seafood, fruits and chestnuts, olive oil, cheeses made from goat's and ewe's milk, AOC-quality honey, local charcuterie from the mountains, and fruity and full-bodied wines produced from Corsican grape varieties.* AccessSituated 20 minutes from Porto-Vecchio, Figari Sud Corse airport has daily flights to/from Paris (Orly), Marseille and Nice, as well as weekly connections to/from Brussels, Milan and Paris CDG. Scheduled flights requiring a connection also operate to/from Bordeaux, Geneva, Montpellier, Nantes, Rome, Strasbourg and Toulouse. Figari Sud Corse airport has experienced significant expansion with 400,000 passengers using the airport in 2009, in particular as a result of the growth of new low-cost airlines.
The second biggest port in Corsica in terms of goods traffic, the port of Porto-Vecchio also has regular ferry connections to/from Marseille throughout the year operated by the company SNCM.
Southern Corsica Chamber of Commerce and Industry: www.ajaccio.aeroport.frFigari Sud Corse airport – Tel: + 33 (0)4 95 71 10 10Porto-Vecchio Commercial Port – Tel: + 33 (0)4 95 70 06 03
Porto-Vecchio Municipal Tourist OfficeRue du Docteur Camille de Rocca Serra20538 Porto-Vecchio CedexTel: + 33 (0)4 95 70 09 58 – Fax: + 33 (0)4 95 70 03 72E-mail: email@example.com