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Propriano Holidays

A laid-back Corsican resort

Propriano sits on the southwestern coast of Corsica, about halfway between the two much larger towns of Bonifacio and Ajaccio. As such, it has many of the charms of a large resort, but in miniature. It’s popular for its access to excellent beaches, and for its calm, relaxing atmosphere. Propriano holidays might start with a stroll past the prettily painted townhouses overlooking the harbour, but will almost certainly shift focus to the resort’s fantastic selection of beaches.

The Lido, just north of town, is the main beach, but there are also long sandy stretches nearby at Campomoro, Porto Pollo and Cala d’Agulia. Places of interest around Propriano include the picturesque hillside village of Olmeto, the prehistoric site Filitosa, which is home to extraordinary megaliths – standing stones carved with faces – and the lively medieval quarter of Sartene. Whether you’re a family after a laid-back beach break or an adventurous couple looking for a cultural hit, holidays to Propriano are an exciting prospect.

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The Lido beach is 400 heavenly metres of white sand. Similar beaches can be reached from the coastal road at Campomoro and Porto Pollo, while the wilder Cala d’Agulia is a two-hour cycle ride away.
The island’s food and drink is deliciously distinctive – look out for its excellent olive oil and charcuterie. Pretty bohemian jewellery is another Corsican treat to take home.
June to October has the best weather, with temperatures around the mid-20s. The sea is warm enough for swimming and you can sunbathe comfortably on the beach or enjoy water sports and boat trips. April, May and November are nice should you want to go hiking in the hills, but it will probably rain a lot between December and March. In the dry months, you can try skydiving, or go canyoning or rappelling on the region's rocky cliffs. From June to August you can make the most of warm summer evenings.
While seafood is a great pick on the coast, traditional Corsican cooking can be somewhat heavier –the ewe’s cheese ‘brocciu’ is a must-try, as is the wild boar.
Propriano is on the west coast of Corsica, towards the southern tip. It's about halfway between the better-known resorts of Bonifacio and Ajaccio in the Gulf of Valinco. It's a smallish town built around its port from where you can catch a ferry to Sardinia or Marseille. The gulf is the deepest and most open in Corsica, with a coastline of rocky cliffs and sandy coves, long beaches and small islands. You can drive to Propriano in an hour and a quarter from Ajaccio airport.
Propriano holidays are a good choice for couples as there are plenty of out-of-the-way beaches where you won't be disturbed. You can be as relaxed or as adventurous as you like, either lazing on the beach in the sun or exploring the natural surroundings. You'll come upon nature reserves and a prehistoric stone circle and, if you're feeling more active, you can try canyoning. You can hike up into the hills, where it's rocky at first and then forested, with the mountain top at nearly 9,000 feet. Other fun activities you can try are skydiving, parasailing or renting a jet ski.
You'll like Propriano holidays if you have a family as there's so much to do. The beaches are long and sandy, with shallow water and gently sloping shores. Around the port, you can choose from lots of different water sports, including a guided boat trip that allows you to combine swimming with a sightseeing tour of the coast. You can go sailing or rent your own motorboat. Your children might want to learn how to dive and snorkel or they can ride horses or go zip lining through the trees. You even have a children's beach club there with supervised activities.
Nightlife in Propriano is very low key. Mostly what you'll be doing is watching the sunset from a seafront bar and then going on to dinner. You can choose from a variety of seafood and Corsican restaurants as well as pizza and fast food options. Some of these cafes and restaurants stay open late, and you can go for a delicious ice cream afterwards. If you're after more of a party, you'll have to go to Ajaccio or perhaps Porto Vecchio. This is a 75-90-minute drive, but you will find at least one club.
Propriano itself is so small that you don't need any transport. You can walk to the beach and local attractions like the cathedral. You can hire a taxi to nearby towns but you'll need a car if you want to see the best sights. The prehistoric site of Filitosa is nearly 30 minutes' drive into the hills, as are the Roman thermal baths at Caldene. About 15 minutes south you'll come across the medieval town of Sartene, a traditional Corsican hillside village with a 13th-century bridge. Just 11 minutes from Propriano you can taste some local Sant'Armettu wines.

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