At the heart of the Island's Extrême-Sud micro-region, Porto-Vecchio, Corsica's third town, is bordered to the East by the Tyrrhenian Sea and to the West by the Ospedale massif. This privileged location between the sea and the mountains has made it the prime tourist destination on the ‘Isle of Beauty' and its population increases tenfold over the summer period. Between water sports and general sightseeing nearly 100,000 holiday makers come to enjoy the turquoise waters and the magnificent beaches of Palombaggia and Santa Giulia. To welcome them, Porto-Vecchio has an extensive range of accommodation and easy access thanks to its commercial port, its marina and the International Sud Corse Figari Airport situated nearby. Also known as the ‘Salt Town' due to the salt production that made up a large part of the local economy. Over the last few years they have developed more town based projects destined to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. For example, the Prunellu Sports Complex that has just been completed alongside other ventures such as the Cultural Centre and the Casa di Lume, the Corsican regional cinema complex.
On the Tyrrhenian sea, facing the tuscan archipelago, Bastia, classed as a town of art and history, is a city with a merchant tradition. Situated between the ‘Serra di Pignu' mountain and the coast it has been developed from the North to the South, between the Cap Corse and La plaine de la Maran and symbolises economic dynamism. Its commerical port rates regionally amongst the best in terms of passenger and freight transport whilst its Poretta-Bastia airport holds the second spot. Italy is present throughout Bastia. The historic centre and the Old Port area are made up of a labyrinth of winding streets the lengths of which are lined with high and sober facades in the style of Genoa and the baroque cities of Liguria. To the North, in the extended part of the town that dates to the 19th century, the ambiance is more evocative of Tuscany. Large, rectangular streets, punctuated with facades of a neoclassical style, make up an airy and carefully thought out urban landscape. Bordered by the sea, the huge Saint-Nicolas square, one of the largest in Europe, is the heart of the town where Bastians love to stroll and meet in the cafe terraces.