Sandwiched between Sardinia and the top of Italy’s boot, Propriano delivers a taste of the go-slow Mediterranean lifestyle. It’s a far cry from Corsica’s busiest coastal stop-offs, but the pretty marina and rolling green hills will have you reaching for your camera. There’s a tropical feel to the beaches, with white stretches of sand all around the turquoise bay. Stroll beyond the seafront promenade of cafes, and you’ll see baskets swinging from cast-iron balconies on the narrow streets.
• If you’re feeling active, head to the harbour to check out the water sports on offer. Scuba diving gets you up close to the marine life on the reef, or you can take a boat trip to explore the rocky headlands and hidden coves.
• Propriano might be on the small side, but its restaurant scene is up there with the best. The waterside promenade is overflowing with eateries, all a stone’s throw from the marina’s bobbing masts. Our top tip is to sample the fresh seafood. The jumbo prawns and lobster are worth the trip alone.
• The beaches here have a private feel – there are more than 10 of them dotted around the tucked-away cove. The biggest is about a kilometre in length, while the more intimate sunbathing spots only have space for a handful of people.
SHORE EXCURSIONS► View all EXCURSIONS
This tour takes you to what is known as ‘the most Corsican of the Corsican towns’, which is none other than Sartene! Set high on the ridge, Sartene is a Medieval fortified town of narrow, cobbled streets and grey granite houses, perched magnificently in the mountains. Located near the coast, Sartene was therefore vulnerable to invaders and regularly attacked by pirates in the Middle Ages. Here your guide will show you around the main sights, such as: Piazza Porta and the Ste. Anne district and tell you about the town’s history and vendettas. After some free time for shopping you continue your journey passing by the famous Spina Cavallu Bridge. This elegant rare Pisan stone arch dates back to the 13th century and is beautifully situated with a backdrop of rippling vineyards and olive trees. Just so you know... There is approximatley 1 hours walking over uneven and steep ground.
Bonifacio by land and sea►
A visit to Corsica’s most southern tip is on the cards on this tour. On the drive over, you’ll stop at Roccapina, where you can see the lion-shaped granite rock that looks over the Genoese tower – it’s an opportunity for some great photos. Once you arrive in Bonifacio, the mini train will take you past the ruins of three mills, and the Church of St Dominique. You’ll also be treated to panoramic views over the neighbouring island of Sardinia. You’ll continue on foot to the citadel – your guide will tell you all about the chapel of St John the Baptist, and the 14th-century Church of Saint Marie Majuere. The walking tour finishes up in the marketplace. From there, you can brave the 100 steps down to the marina. Or, hop back on the mini train and it will get you there. Next, you’ll be boarding a boat for a tour of the Bonifacio caves. From the sea, you’ll have views over the town, perched on top of 230-feet-high limestone cliffs. You’ll see Sdragonatto cave, meaning the little dragon – it’s shaped like Corsica. The tour wraps up with some free time – you can sit in a café, or do some shopping.
Panoramic Gulf of Valinco & Taravo River►
Explore the region of Propriano and its wonderful Gulf of Valinco from the comfort of your coach on this scenic tour that is especially designed for the less mobile. As you drive along the coast to the interior of the island, you will see traditional villages consisting of high granite houses set in superb landscapes while listening to your guide giving you interesting facts about the culture and local way of life. From Propriano to Petreto Bicchisano, the tour continues along the Taravo River, which is bordered by typical Corsican vegetation. You will then proceed to Casalabriva and on to the Col de la Celaccia from where you will get a glimpse of the stunning Gulf of Valinco before reaching Olmeto with its clusters of old houses built into the hillside, surrounded by a green expanse of woodland.