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A hotel in Porto-Vecchio is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Porto-Vecchio hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Porto-Vecchio are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Porto-Vecchio hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Porto-Vecchio hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Porto-Vecchio have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Porto-Vecchio
An upscale full service hotel facility in Porto-Vecchio that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Porto-Vecchio hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Full service Porto-Vecchio hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

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Boutique hotels of Porto-Vecchio are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Porto-Vecchio boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Porto-Vecchio may be classified as luxury hotels.

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Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Porto-Vecchio travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Porto-Vecchio focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

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Small to medium-sized Porto-Vecchio hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Porto-Vecchio traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Porto-Vecchio hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

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A bed and breakfast in Porto-Vecchio is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Porto-Vecchio bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Porto-Vecchio B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Porto-Vecchio
Porto-Vecchio hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Porto-Vecchio hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Porto-Vecchio
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Porto-Vecchio hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Porto-Vecchio lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Porto-Vecchio
Porto-Vecchio timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Porto-Vecchio often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Porto-Vecchio on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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A view of Porto-Vecchio, looking across the Gulf of Porto-Vecchio, with the marina in the foreground and the ferry pier beyond
A view of Porto-Vecchio, looking across the Gulf of Porto-Vecchio, with the marina in the foreground and the ferry pier beyond
Coat of arms of Porto-Vecchio
Coat of arms
Porto-Vecchio is located in France
Coordinates:  / 41.5917; 9.2803  / 41.5917; 9.2803
Country France
Region Corsica
Department Corse-du-Sud
Arrondissement Sartène
Canton Bavella and Grand Sud
• Mayor (2008–2014) Georges Mela
Area 168.65 km (65.12 sq mi)
Population (2013) 11,574
• Density 69/km (180/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
• Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 2A247 /20137
Elevation 0–1,316 m (0–4,318 ft)
(avg. 40 m or 130 ft)

French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Porto-Vecchio (Corsican: Portivechju) is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. The city hosted the start of the first stage of Tour de France 2013

It is the seat of the canton of Porto-Vecchio, which it shares with Sari-Solenzara, Conca and Lecci. Porto-Vecchio is a medium-sized port city placed on a good harbor, the southernmost of the marshy and alluvial east side of Corsica. The inhabitants are called Porto-Vecchiais in French, and Portivechjacciu in Corsican.

Porto-Vecchio: Geography

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1800 1,241 -
1806 1,438 +15.9%
1821 1,298 −9.7%
1831 1,738 +33.9%
1836 2,007 +15.5%
1841 2,015 +0.4%
1846 2,071 +2.8%
1851 1,971 −4.8%
1856 2,117 +7.4%
1861 2,290 +8.2%
1866 2,203 −3.8%
1872 1,811 −17.8%
1876 2,636 +45.6%
1881 2,655 +0.7%
1886 2,844 +7.1%
1891 3,018 +6.1%
1896 3,195 +5.9%
1901 3,353 +4.9%
1906 3,512 +4.7%
1911 3,929 +11.9%
1921 4,242 +8.0%
1926 4,743 +11.8%
1931 4,746 +0.1%
1936 5,304 +11.8%
1946 3,339 −37.0%
1954 5,091 +52.5%
1962 4,494 −11.7%
1968 5,148 +14.6%
1975 7,510 +45.9%
1982 8,095 +7.8%
1990 9,307 +15.0%
1999 10,326 +10.9%
2008 11,388 +10.3%
2013 11,574 +1.6%

The canton of Porto-Vecchio has a population of about 12,900 living in four communes making up a total of 34,787 hectares (85,960 acres). It is divided in two by the commune of Zonza, which holds a section of the coast around the Gulf of Pinarellu. Porto-Vecchio has two communes to the north, Sari-Solenzara and Conca, and two to the south, Porto-Vecchio and Lecci.

The commune of Porto-Vecchio is 64 kilometers (40 mi) east of Sartène. The north shore of the gulf has many resorts, such as Benedettu, Marina di Fiori, and others of the commune of Lecci. The east coast, a shore with cliffs, is less habitable; beyond Chiappa Point (a naturist site) the coast goes southwest to the border of Bonifacio commune.

Off the southeast shore are the four îles Cerbicale (seldom shown on the map but visible from satellite photographs), protected by a nature reserve of 36 hectares (89 acres), which are part of the larger reserve of Bouches de Bonifacio ("Straits of Bonifacio"; see under Bonifacio). From north to south are: Forana; Maestro Maria, the smallest; Piana, the largest, which ascends to 36 meters (118 ft) and Pietrocaggiosa a little more distant.

Hills to the northwest are included in the national park; the village of Ospedale there probably takes its name and origin from a large ancient hospital of the Roman era. It never lost that function but continues as a health center employing about 150 people. Nearby is a reservoir, the Lac de l'Ospedale, created with a dam at the foot of punta di Corbu in the forest of Ospedale. These hills culminate at the 1,314 meters (4,311 ft) "peak of the dead cow" (punta di a Vacca Morta).

Porto-Vecchio: Ecology

The heights of Ospedale (or Spedale in earlier literature) are noted for their forest of Corsican Pine. Between them and the coast extends a plain drained by the Stabacciu, which flows into the end of the Gulf of Porto through salt marshes, where Cork Oak and Eucalyptus grow. These marshes were a barrier between the Roman settlements along the Via Corsicana of the eastern plain and the Roman ports of the south. Some marshland was filled to make the modern city and commercial salt pans were constructed on other parts (from which the commercialized slogan "city of salt"); the rest remains. Crossed by Highway N198 south, it is no longer a barrier.

Porto-Vecchio: Facilities

Map of Porto-Vecchio (blue) within Sartène (grey)

Porto-Vecchio is easily accessed through FigariSud Corse Airport, which is 24 kilometers (15 mi) away. It has a public high school and two community colleges, a private hospital of 107 beds, a medical school, a cork industry and extensive tourist facilities. The port includes moorings for 450 small craft, commercial facilities and a ferry station. The population expands to 50,000 in the summer, predominantly Italian. The beaches are well-populated, especially Palombaggia Beach 3 kilometers (2 mi) to the south-east. In 1983 it acquired a Film Institute, which organizes an annual film festival.

Porto-Vecchio: Politics

List of recent mayors:

  • Since March 2004 Georges Mela
  • 1997–2004 Camille de Rocca Serra (UMP)
  • –1997 Jean-Paul de Rocca Serra (RPR)

Porto-Vecchio: Prehistory

Ancient path at Araghju
Ancient path, different view
View from the Bronze Age citadel at Araghju
Casteddu d'Araghju

To the north of the commune is to be found the prehistoric site of Torré, which has given its name to the Torréen Culture. Dated to the Corsican Bronze Age, it features circular or semi-circular (abutting) citadels of stone.

In the direction of Figari, the hamlet of Ceccia also has prehistoric remains, and not far away is another Torréen site, Castellu di Tappa. Castellu d'Araghju is at 45 meters (148 ft), just above the village of Araggio. It has a circuit wall 2 meters (6 ft 7 in) thick and 4 meters (13 ft) high.

West of the commune is the prehistoric site of Tivulaghju.

Porto-Vecchio: History

Porto-Vecchio is placed in a region that in earlier times was marshy and suffered greatly from malaria; however, the anchorage for a port is excellent. The name means "Old Port", which may refer to the Roman port that left traces in the vicinity. Subsequently the region was more or less abandoned because of the malarial marshes but became part of a large Christian parish. The city was refounded in 1539 by the Bank of Saint George at Genoa on a 70 meters (230 ft) hill overlooking the gulf. They already had a presence in Bastia.

The Genoese were careful to preserve the Roman port within the walls, which are trapezoidal and enclose the main square, place de la République, near the church, Église St.-Jean Baptiste. The Genoese intended a colonia, or replacement of the population, but malaria soon assassinated most of the Genoese settlers. Another colony in 1546 suffered the same fate and subsequently the colony became a conurbation instead.

Sempiero Corso occupied the city for a few months in 1564.

Some of the population began to return with the drainage projects instituted under the Second Empire but they were minimally successful. World War II brought the presence of allies who were determined to eradicate malaria for the health of all concerned, but especially the soldiers and airmen. Through drainage, filling and spraying they succeeded, making the region newly attractive because less pestilential. The current population derives from an expansion that started about 1950.

Porto-Vecchio: Transport

This town is a terminus of a branch line of the now closed metre gauge Corsican Railways, which junctioned off the main system at Casamozza.

Porto-Vecchio: See also

  • Former railway station

Porto-Vecchio: References

  1. "France, le trésor des régions: Département: Corse-du-Sud" (in French). Retrieved 2008-05-06. .
  2. Abram, David; Geoffrey Young; Theo Taylor; Nia Williams (2003). The Rough Guide to Corsica. London: Rough Guides. pp. 281–282. ISBN 1-84353-047-3.
  • "guide de porto-Vecchio - site officiel" (in French). Retrieved 2008-05-22.
  • La Cuve – Accommodation in Porto Vecchio
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