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About Propriano

Propriano is a beach resort and harbour town tucked away in southwest Corsica. Situated at the head of the Gulf of Valinco, it's one of the prettiest towns on the island. It's charming and unhurried and the palm-lined yacht harbour is filled with terraces of inviting shops, cafés and restaurants.

 

This picture-perfect town boasts a rich variety of people, scenery and traditions.

The most imposing monument in Propriano is the Church of Notre Dame de la Misericorde, which dominates the centre of town. The cuisine is hearty and rustic, and the charcuterie and cheeses are excellent.

 

The beaches are beautiful, as are the gorgeous coves along the enchanting northern shore of the gulf. Inland, trees cover nearly half the landscape and the delightful countryside is scented with thyme and heather. And the scenic mountain peaks reach up to a height of 8,900 feet. The enigmatic Stantari standing stones are waiting to be explored, as are the eerie rock-carved heads at Filitosa, the largest prehistoric site on the island.

 

Shore excursions in Propriano

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Bonifacio

Activity highShopping

Duration: 6 hours

Visit Corsica’s star attraction, the extraordinary southern-most town of Bonifacio.

Travel south to Bonifacio, where the landscape consists of arid hills set against the blue backdrop of the sea. Bonifacio is the true jewel in the crown, set high on a narrow peninsula of dazzling white limestone creating a town unlike any other on the island.

On the way you will stop at Roccapina, which offers wonderful views of the granite lion that watches over the Genoese Tower.

Board a ‘mini-train’ for a scenic ride, passing the 3 ruined mills and the Church of St Dominique. During your journey there are wonderful views over to the neighbouring island of Sardinia. Continuing on foot in the old citadel, you’ll see the chapel of St Jean Baptist, and the magnificent Church of Sainte Marie Majeure, with its 14th century belfry.

Continuing through the picturesque old town, you’ll arrive at the market place, where you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view over the 230-foot-high cliffs.

If you’re feeling energetic you can descend the 100 steps, which lead to the marina. Alternatively, you can make your way down on the ‘mini train’.

You will have approximately 1½ hours of free time to browse the chic boutiques or sit and relax in a café absorbing the local atmosphere.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of optional walking on this tour. Passengers are advised that the drive to Propriano is along mountainous roads that includes hairpin bends. Due to the popularity of this tour and to avoid disappointment, pre-booking is strongly recommended. The stop at Roccapina view point may take place on the return journey.

Campomoro

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

An introduction to beautiful Campomoro. Sun warmed rocks overlooking sparkling blue bays are images that are sure to remain with you for a long time.

Heading out of the port of Propriano towards the little airport, you’ll take a small twisting road leading down to the end of the Valinco Gulf, to an area called Punta di Campomoro. Superb views across the sea can be enjoyed along the way.

You’ll have approximately 2½ hours of free time at the small seaside village of Campomoro set amidst eucalyptus trees at the foot of a cliff where you can enjoy a relaxing swim, take a walk along the mile long beach or, for the more energetic a walk to the Genoese Tower. The Tower of Campomoro is one of the few towers remaining from the days of the Genoese, built to protect the island during their reign in the 16th century.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot. You are advised to wear or carry your swimsuit and a towel. There are no changing facilities available. This tour is not recommended for passengers who suffer from vertigo. The walk from the coach to the beach in Campomoro is approximately 656 feet down a steep incline. The walk to the Genoese Tower is only recommended for passengers in good physical condition. It is a fairly strenuous climb and takes 30 minutes each way. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer water sports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. Before you book this excursion your must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

The Medieval Village of Sartène

Activity highShopping

Duration: 3 hours

Sartène, steeped in a history of vendettas and pre-historic ruin is described as ‘the most Corsican of all Corsican towns.’

Sartène can be described as a medieval fortified town of narrow, cobble stoned streets and austere, grey granite houses perched magnificently in the mountains. This mysterious town has lived through a history of invaders dating back to pirates in the middle ages, and then becoming the seat of the ferocious Sgio (feudal lords). A bloody vendetta in the 19th century left its mark on Sartène.

A short drive will take you through the hinterland of Sartène, passing the famous Spina a 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.

Your guide will show you around and tell you about the town’s bloody vendettas and famous Good Friday (Catenacciu) procession. Inside the Sainte Marie Church, you will see the heavy wooden cross and chain used for a procession.

This historical visit will be followed by 1 hour of free time to shop in Sartène, where you will find an abundance of shops and souvenir stands lining the small narrow streets.

Essential information

This tour operates by coach and on foot and requires a substantial level of activity including a walk up an incline and 30 steps leading into the centre of Sartène. There is approximately 90 minutes of walking involved over uneven and steep ground. The stop at Spina Cavallu Bridge may take place on the return journey.

 

A selection of cruises to Propriano

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