The coastal town of Propriano is found on the coast of south-west Corsica, at the head of the Valinco Gulf and north-west of Sartene. It is about halfway between the major towns of Ajaccio to the north and Bonifacio to the south.
Much of the building in Propriano dates from the early 19th century, when the port was established and most of the town constructed. Although the same location had previously been occupied by the Romans and Greeks little remains of early Propriano, which was frequently attacked and mostly destroyed by pirates during the 18th century.
The most imposing monument in Propriano is the Church of Notre Dame de la Misericorde which dominates the center of the small town.
Elsewhere in Propriano, the harbour contains a fascinating combination of exclusive yachts and more modest fishing boats (there is a pleasure port and also a commercial port in the center of Propriano). Wander around the harbour for some of the best views of the town.
The town centre is largely one long main street which is pleasant to explore with the traditional houses now often taken over by luxury shops, cafes and bars.
It is now a popular resort in Corsica due to the numerous beaches that are close to hand for visitors to Propriano, including the Plage de Lido one kilometre from the town. As you can imagine boat trips and fishing trips are some of the main activities and you can also go quad biking or parachuting in the area.
The coast north of the town is built up however, and it can be a challenge to escape from the crowds. It is also true to say that there are few places of interest to visit nearby compared to some areas.
Ferries to both Sardinia and mainland France operate from the town marina.
To visit nearby
The renowned village of Campomoro is nearby, with its fine beach and lovely setting, and is always a very popular place with visitors to this region of Corsica.
Sartene is a lovely village with an attractive warren of old streets and some panoramic views over the town and sea.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.