Porto was a fishing port but has now become a seaside resort town. It boasts an exceptional location in the Gulf of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is home to the rocky inlets of Piana, the Scandola nature reserve and the Spelunca gorges. More than anywhere else on the island, this site shows Corsica as a mountain that stands above the waves with the jagged peaks of Capo d’Orto looking down on the Mediterranean from their height of 1,294 metres. Watching over the gulf is the Genoese Tower of Portu, one of the island’s four square towers. Today it houses a permanent exhibition on the Corsican fortifications.