Porto Vecchio Area


Third largest city in Corsica, Portivechju, whose economy once rested on the exploitation ofsalt, wood and cork, is today an attractive resort with its beautiful coastline and sandy beaches, some of which are part nature Reserve of Bonifacio.

At the heart of the Upper Town, you can discover the Citadel partly composed of five wallswith bastions, a sponge holder and plots. 

Below, the marina offers a pleasant setting for a drink, its restaurants still walk along the waterfront.

At 900 meters, the Ospedale massif offers a magnificent panoramic view of the coast and particularly the Gulf of Porto-Vecchio. National forest, in the Regional Natural Park of Corsica, is the start of beautiful walks.

Its privileged location between sea and mountains of Porto-Vecchio is a region to discover rediscover.

Natural Reserves

French part of the proposed international marine park located between Corsica and Sardinia, the Nature Reserve of Bonifacio created September 23, 1999 with an area of 80,000 ha (the largest in mainland France) is completed on the maritime and island areasthe nature reserve islands Cerbicales (Ministerial Decree of March 3, 1981) and fishing quarters.

Biodiversity is very important, concentrated in the islands and islets including a cosmopolitan flora with plants of West Mediterranean and even Africa. The velvety campion all endemic Corsican and Sardinian subject of attention of scientists of the reserve, and the colonies of breeding seabirds such as the crested cormorants, gulls, Audouin, petrelsstorm, the Cory's shearwater bird which the reputation of international marine park. Under water it is easy to see specimens of groupers, Corbis, teeth, or sea fans.

The Office of the Environment of Corsica, manager of these spaces as well as the acquisitions of the Conservatoire du Littoral allows the resources allocated to these sites to protect the best interests ecological problems of traffic-related tourism activities. Economic operators, users of the sea, have long understood the need to create and to support marine reserves in the area. Commercial fishermen have been associated with the reflection of the creation of the nature reserve and continue to work in partnership with the management team.

Walks Marine park of Bonifacio International
- Trail Rondinara
- Trail Bruzzi
- Footpath Lavezzi Islands
- Underwater path of Lavezzi Islands

Office of the environment of Corsica
Parc Marin International Service
Address: BP 86-20176 Ajaccio Cedex
☎ + 33 4 95 50 45 44 / Fax: + 33 4 95 50 45 55
Website: www.parcmarininternational.com