Porto is situated on the Western Coast at the end of a Gulf which bears its name, lined-up in the South by Piana and its calanches in the North by the peninsula of Girolata. A little seaside resort on the west coast, Porto is famous for its dazzling sunsets – one of the most magnificent in the Mediterranean. Boasting an unusual Genoese watch tower and bordered by red granite cliffs, it is unsurprising that Porto has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is a little pebble beach, but beware as it does get very busy in the summer months.

porto - piana, corsica

The road from Porto to Piana is one of the most awe-inspiring in the world. The Calanches de Piana, spiky red granite rocks jutting straight out of the sea, some rising to 1000ft. The colour of these rocks changes from deep orange to russet red and all the hues in between according to the time of day.

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Satellite image of Porto, Corsica

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