One of the largest towns in the Valinco is the lively and ever growing Propriano.
With many good restaurants and cafés along the charming natural port it is a perfect place to sit and relax. The beaches nearby are never too busy and offer various water sports, sailing and diving.
There are a number of Town beaches including the main beach Hotel du Phare by the Hotel de Valinco and the Plage du Lido which is supervised in July and August. The busiest of which is the Plage du Phare which has golden sand and a selection of cafes and restaurants. It can get very crowded during peak season.
Plage de Baracci
Situated on the right hand side before Propriano coming from Olmeto. It is quite long and, when windy, the waves are huge! To get down here, follow the dirt track road down to the coast from opposite the “Total” petrol station. You may see tourists swim there but no locals as it is well known that there are undercurrents which can take one away from the shore. This beach is nice for a walk and to watch the sunset though.
A wonderful, sandy beach only about 20 minutes from Propriano. To get there follow the road out of town towards Sartène and turn right heading towards Campo Moro. After 3kms you should park and take the small path towards a long sandy beach greatly appreciated by children as the water is shallow – at least on the first part of the beach. If you go further to the right, take care as the beach shelves steeply into the water.
Actually located in the pretty fishing village itself, it has fine sand and turquoise shallow water making it an ideal choice for children and for snorkelling!
Fetes de Paques: U Catenacciu - Satrène - March
The most famous of the Good Friday processions - A chained and hooded penitent bearing a cross, follows a steep route across the town and only the parish curate knows the identity of the penitent.
Bastille Day – 14th July
Formally known as La Fête Nationale, this is a National Holiday in France commemorating the anniversary of storming the Bastille fortress prison in 1790. Fireworks and celebrations take place throughout the country and can be best appreciated from the mountainside.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Sartène is said to be the most Corsican of Corsican towns is a brooding place of tall buildings and narrow, cobbled alleyways. Famous for its local wines you can experience the culture at first hand.
Inland from Propriano, you will reach the peaceful hamlet of Olmeto. Remaining close to the sea yet still retaining a quaint atmosphere, the village boasts stunning views across the countryside over to the coastline below.
Experience the famous sculpted menhirs of Filitosa, one of the most fascinating Prehistoric sites in the Mediterranean with 8000 years of history set in truly magnificent surroundings.