on porto on haute-corse: no, not porto-vecchio to the south
Porto, Haute-Corse is a port. Sometimes its name is associated with Ota (Porto, Ota, Corsica, France). It is small; and without tourism, it would simply be another small village with summer homes and the occasional fishing boats going out if they had already identified markets for their catches, maybe in Calvi to the north or Cargèse to the south.
Despite its size I spent three nights in Porto at a funky hotel called Hôtel Bon Accueil. I would return to Porto if I could again reserve a room there. It is not a hotel for those who want comfort and luxury. It reminded me of the low budget hotels where I used to stay when I was younger and hipper and when I looked for places where my parents would refuse to stay.
Porto is a former fishing village that now caters to tourists. It has restaurants, summer homes, and boats that take visitors to the Calanches de Piana and to the Réserve Naturelle de Scandola.
Porto has a tower on the port, la Tour Génoise de Porto à Ota. It is the major tourist destination. You can go to the top of the tower. Inside are historic displays, and climbing some steps further, you can have the panoramic view that the tower promises from a distance. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)
From its vantage point you have views of the village and of the port below. Looking north you see the waters to the Réserve, mentioned ealier, and to the south and out is the direction to the Calanques (Calanches) de Piana. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)
The Promenades en mer, the boats that take you to these two reserves, go to the south and then swing north, so you can spend some time in Girolata, a small isolated village near the Réserve de Scandola.
I used Porto as a base and drove south to Piana, a small village that has little attraction other than the Hôtel and Restaurant les Roches Rouges. I wanted to visit the calanques (calanches) de Piana as well. I had wanted to take the promenade en mer to the calanques. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)