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  • Arco Plage
  • Route de Porto Pollo , 20113 Olmeto Plage

Discovering Propriano in Southern Corsica

The residence is an ideally located base for seeing the rest of Southern Corsica. The Valinco region is full of wonders to discover from the heavenly beaches, to the green mountains covered in endemic shrubland, not forgetting the typical villages. We are happy to help you with tips and suggestions to make the most out of your stay in our beautiful region.

Olmeto
Olmeto
Olmeto is a typical Corsican village perched on top of a mountain, between Filitosa and Propriano. Discover this village with all its character, stride along the steep streets lined with stone tile roofed houses.
Places to visit: the thermal baths of Baracci, ancient Roman baths with warm, mineral waters, the Sainte-Hélène church built in the 9th century.
See also, the house where Colomba Carabelli died, famous heroine of Prosper Mérimée's novel.
Explore Olmeto’s string of heavenly beaches and coves stretching between Propriano and Porto Pollo.
Propriano
Propriano
Originally a fishermen’s village founded by the Genoese in 1640, it has become over time a small seaside resort, very lively and touristic, with a busy commercial port and marina. Its location is ideal, nestled at the bottom of the gulf of Valinco, between the sea and mountains. The hinterland and fine sand beaches are absolutely beautiful and the area is perfect for walks and swimming.
Filitosa
Filitosa
For almost 8000 years, Filitosa was home to Neolithic hunting tribes; the farmers and shepherds of the Bronze Age built stone huts, a “castellu” (fortified village) and then the “torres” (circular monuments resembling the Sardinian “nuraghi”). Be enchanted by the captivating stoic warriors, the “Filitosa”, 3-meter high granite giants.
Scandola and the Calanches de Piana
Scandola and the Calanches de Piana
Scandola is the pearl of Corsica. Created in 1975, this nature reserve is spread over 900 hectares of land and 1000 hectares of protected sea.
This striking landscape, sculpted by wind, water and a volcanic past is breath-taking with its steep cliffs, red rock formations and completely untouched creeks.
It is almost impossible to reach the coastline by foot as just 3 km inland, the mountains already reach an altitude of 1000 meters.
However, you can take a boat (shuttles departing from Calvi, Galeria and Porto). Popular in summer, it’s subject to strict regulations; speed limits are enforced and diving and fishing prohibited.
Nonetheless, it’s an experience you definitely don’t want to miss: just a few hundred meters away from the shore, the seabed is full of fish, and it is not unusual to see groups of dolphins.
Campomoro
Campomoro
This small fishing village, south of the Gulf of Valinco, boasts a beautiful beach at the end of a sheltered cove. Its Genoese tower dating from 1586 is the most impressive on the Corsican coast. Restored in 1986, it’s now owned by the Conservatoire du Littoral (Coastal Concervatory). From the top of the tower, enjoy a magnificent scenic view of the Gulf of Valinco. And at the foot of the tower, admire artistically sculpted rocks. End your visit of the tower with a walk along the coastline path leading to Conca.
Roccapina
Roccapina
Discover the extraordinary site of the rock of Roccapina, still referred to as the "Lion of Roccapina," halfway along the path between Sartene and Bonifacio.
Then continue the walk among the pink granite jigsaw overlooking the turquoise sea and white sandy beach.
Ajaccio
Ajaccio
Ajaccio, the imperial city.
The city is famous for its link with Napoleon Bonaparte, who was born on August 15th, 1769, but also thanks to Tino Rossi, who celebrated the island through song.
Ajaccio, the regional capital of the island, is located on the north shore of the Gulf of Ajaccio, between the Gravona river and the Sanguinaires Islands. The city is bejewelled with paradisiacal beaches and coves. The Sanguinaires Islands, veritable sentinels at the entrance of the Gulf, are bathed in purple light every day as the sun disappears into the sea.
Coti Chiavari
Coti Chiavari
The terraced village, not far from an old prison built during the Second French Empire, offers a superb view of Ajaccio and its vast forest of eucalyptus trees; an ideal place for pleasant walks.
Bonifacio
Bonifacio
Bonifacio has an exceptional location at the southern end of Corsica, overlooking the beautiful marine site of the “Bouches de Bonifacio” (Strait of Bonifacio).
Its limestone and granite cliffs form a vast natural facade facing the archipelagos of the Lavezzi and Cerbicales Islands, famous for their exceptional seabeds.
Bonifacio stretches over 70 km of coastline dotted with numerous crystal clear water beaches such as Rondinara, Balistra, the Gulf of Santa Manza, the Gulf of Canetto, and the Gulf of Petit Sperone.
Porto-Vecchio
Porto-Vecchio
Porto-Vecchio sits on a hill overlooking the salt marshes at the end of a long gulf stretching over 9km. It’s easy to fall for Porto-Vecchio the old town, built inside high fortifications, the charmingly picturesque narrow streets, houses with high austere facades, the old ramparts and Genoese gate. The region is famous for its white sandy beaches, shaded by beautiful pines. Palombaggia and Santa Giulia are among the most well known beaches of the region.
The Alta Rocca
The Alta Rocca
Alta Rocca is a mountainous region with quaint villages clinging to the mountains, where the vestiges of prehistoric cultures mix with impressive natural landscapes. In Levie, explore the museum and the Castellu of Cucuruzzu, an interesting first taste of Corsican history. Admire the forests of evergreen oaks and laricio pines (a variety of black pine), such as the Ospedale forest that surround you. But the beauty of this wild nature is at its best in the regional park, situated between the Bavella Pass and Solenzara.
Bavella Pass and Needles
Bavella Pass and Needles
Bavella and its granite spikes is an emblematic site of the Corsican mountainous area, and for good reason. Massive Bavella is a forested mountain pass, exemplifying the particular mountain geography of the island with its dynamic shapes and colours, slipping from the palest red to dark grey, breath-taking scenery sprinkled with extensive laricio pine forests.
Sartene
Sartene
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Route de Porto Pollo , 20113 Olmeto Plage
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