Events in and around Porto-Vecchio
Lumières de Toscane - Porto Vecchio
Lyrical concerts, parades, theatrical representations, art exhibitions, arts and crafts, cinematography and workshops for school children. This event is held in three places: cultural centre, bastion de France and the narrow streets of the town.
Fête de la Musique - 21st June
Numerous free live music events are held each year across the island on 21st June.
Fête de Saint Jean le Baptiste - Porto Vecchio 24th June
Celebration of the Saint Patron of Porto Vecchio to mark the end of the harvest season.
Foire de Porto Vecchio: Traditional artisan fair.
Bastille Day - 14th July
A nationwide celebration to commemorate the French Revolution and the end of the 'Ancien Régime' with various parades, night time animations and firework displays.
Festa di Luddarreddu - Porto Vecchio 31st July
'U Luddarreddu', a historical figure made of straw and cork will be paraded through the streets of Porto Vecchio and set alight on the Place de la République to celebrate the end of the hot and difficult conditions in which local artisans and farmers have to work in July.
Notre Dame des Neiges - Bavella
Pilgrimage of Notre Dame des Neiges takes place in a magnificent pine forest at the foot of the famous 'Aiguilles de Bavella', 10 km from the village of Zonza.
Les Médiévales de Levie - Early September
A medieval fair that will transport you back to the ancient times. On the programme: medieval tournaments, street parades, equestrian displays, music, craft and plenty of other activities.
Mosaïcales du Rire de Porto Vecchio
A new event for Porto Vecchio. The Tourist Office and Philippe Delmas Productions, the organisers, wanted to create a major event welcoming both famous French comedians and up-and-coming artists as well as celebrities to entertain - All under the theme of laughter.
Activities in and around Porto-Vecchio
- Beaches: Porto Vecchio is surrounded by numerous world famous beaches, all with pearly white sand and turquoise sea. Palombaggia is certainly one of the most beautiful, other beaches to be seen are Tumaricciu Beach, Santa Giulia, Saint Cyprien, Cala Rossa and Pinarellu. The most family friendly beaches are Palombaggia and St Cyprien.
- Explore the historic old town of Porto Vecchio with its 18th-century citadel bursting with vibrant cafes, bars and restaurants.
- Water sports: Jet Skiing, Flyboard, Canoeing, Sailing, Stand up Paddle….
- Boat trips to the Lavezzi islands leave from the harbour in Porto Vecchio. This is a top snorkelling and scuba diving destination in Corsica.
- Explore the Natural Park of Corsica and Alta Rocca: Mountainous region with gorges, rivers and waterfalls - ideal for mountain hikes, climbing, swimming in rock pools, quad biking, horse riding or visiting traditional Corsican mountain villages. Porto-Vecchio makes a good base for exploring this part of Corsica. When you tire of beaches and promenades the mountainous landscape behind Porto-Vecchio has a lot of rewarding and interesting scenery to explore, with craggy mountain tops looming from behind the parasol pines across small mountainous lakes.
- Nightlife: Porto Vecchio is known as the St Tropez of Corsica. It is a highly fashionable tourist resort where you can relax or party the night away. Porto Vecchio has a very lively city centre with bars, restaurants, glaciers and the alleys of the old town are full with shops open until midnight in the season. There are several nightclubs, wine bars and trendy lounges.
- Half-day or day trip to Bonifacio: Bonifacio is only around 25km south of Porto Vecchio and is a star attraction in Corsica, drawing visitors from all over to marvel at its medieval houses precariously teetering on the edge of the imposing limestone cliffs. Ideal for a day trip.
- Tree Climbing
- Via Ferrata
- Horseback riding, hiking or mountain biking
- Diving, windsurfing, boat rentals, jet-ski and pedalo rentals
- Quad biking, karting, helicopter flights
Practical information for your Corsica villa holiday
GMT +1 hour
The official currency is the Euro (€). Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
Tipping in provence
Tips in restaurants are usually added on at 10/15 % of the bill.
Arrival & Departure Formalities
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:
- A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
- Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.
Electricity supply in provence
Electrical service in France is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz.
Driving in france
- Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way, except at roundabouts or if the road has a white line across it.
- Passport or national ID as well as driver's license/insurance papers/ownership papers must be carried all the time.
- National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways (auto route).
- Speeding fines: 30 - 300 Euros.
- Minimum driving age is 18.
- For use of the highways (auto route) it is invariably necessary to pay a toll before access. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
- There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.
- An international driving licence is not required for European citizens. Your locally issued driving licence, as long as it is accompanied by the passport, will suffice.