Porto Pollo is a sleepy seaside village with a small beach and a dotting of eateries. It’s a pleasant place to stop if travelling en route along the coast or to use as a relaxed base close to the white sand beaches of the Valinco coast, all with clear waters superb for swimming and snorkelling. Surrounded by ancient roots this is close by the archaeological site of Filitosa, whose famous sculpted menhirs always have a few visitors.
Sitting at the tip of the Gulf and crowned by the largest Genoese tower on the island, Campomoro is an idyllic little seaside resort with a perfectly curved sandy bay and a small number of bars and restaurants. From here, you can access rugged stretches of coast and secluded creeks - a paradise for walkers and pleasure boats.
Things to see and do
- Between the headlands of Capo di Muro and Campomoro lies the Gulf of Valinco. The bay stretches along the rugged west coast from the sleepy, laid back village of Porto Pollo to Campomoro, interspersed with white sand beaches of varied shapes and sizes, all with clear waters superb for swimming and snorkelling. Campomoro is the site of the largest Genoese tower on Corsica and as a historic monument you can climb to the top and admire the panoramic views.
- This area has obvious ancient roots. Inland from the northern edge of the bay is the archaeological site of Filitosa, whose famous sculpted menhirs always have a few visitors. Other magnificent sites are more likely to be found by accident, so well are they hidden in the unique Corsican heathland, the maquis.
- Tizzano to Campomoro - one of the most scenic coastal walks on the island boastling an extraordinary landscape of granite outcrops, secluded beaches and perfumed maquis.
- Discover the beautiful beach of Cupabia, north of Porto Pollo - one of the most scenic of the Valinco's region or venture further afield and walk along the Capo di Muro and find a string a little creeks.
- On the eastern side of the Valinco Gulf, Propriano has a couple of good beaches - Plage du Lido and Plage du Corsaire - and sailing, diving and other water sports are also popular here. Restaurants line the port and there is a great deal of choice and you can also take boat trips out into the Gulf from a number of operators along the harbourside.
- Situated with a grandstand view over Propriano, nearby Olmeto is a captivating village with an interesting past. What attracts visitors today is the view from the village's two main streets.
- 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.