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Propriano, Corsica

Propriano (Corsican: Prupià) is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica.

It is situated on the Valinco Gulf.

Corsica (French: Corse) is an island and a region with the special constitutional status of France in the Mediterranean Sea, southeast of mainland France and west of Italy.

An animated island, past and present, Corsica "often conquered, never subdued" was successively ruled by the Italian city-states of Pisa and Genoa, passing under French rule only in 1768. An autonomist movement emerged in the 20th century, leading to some politically motivated violence. The region now enjoys a special constitutional status.

Mountain in the sea, Corsica is also called "Island of Beauty", not without... Read more

Propriano, Corsica

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Propriano (Corsican: Prupià) is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica.

It is situated on the Valinco Gulf.

Corsica (French: Corse) is an island and a region with the special constitutional status of France in the Mediterranean Sea, southeast of mainland France and west of Italy.

An animated island, past and present, Corsica "often conquered, never subdued" was successively ruled by the Italian city-states of Pisa and Genoa, passing under French rule only in 1768. An autonomist movement emerged in the 20th century, leading to some politically motivated violence. The region now enjoys a special constitutional status.

Mountain in the sea, Corsica is also called "Island of Beauty", not without reason. The diversity of its scenery and its preservation from the aggressions of development and tourism makes it one of the pearls of the Mediterranean sea.

The places of interest to tourists in Corsica are various: Sea (beach, scuba diving, sailing), mountain (hiking on GR 20).

Most visitors come to Corsica in the summer months, and particularly in August when the number of tourists doubles or triples from the already large populations in July. If you can only go to Corsica in August, planning ahead is essential, as hotels, campsites, car rental agencies, and ferries are all likely to be pre-booked.


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Propriano, Corsica: Port Information


Cruise ships dock within walking distance from the shops, restaurants, etc.
There are also easily accessible beaches.
Larger cruise ships may use tender boats to transport their guests ashore.

Get around Propriano, Corsica


It is advisable to rent a car when in Corsica, as public transportation is very poor. There are only 3 train lines connecting the major cities, the rest is by bus - which at most leaves twice a day!
You can explore Propriano on foot.

What to see in Propriano, Corsica


As the island was so often fought over, the main towns were heavily fortified. So they typically contain a walled citadel and old harbor, often pedestrianized, and dotted with restaurants and bars.

What to do in Propriano, Corsica


Corsica has excellent beaches and if you, like most of Corsica's visitors, are there in the summer many of your activities will center around the beach. Besides sunbathing and swimming, almost every beach offers opportunities to snorkel. Some more popular beaches will rent windsurf boards and kite-surfing boards. Scuba diving is available, particularly at popular beaches near islands and in major towns.

Enjoy gelato or one of the many beachside bars and restaurants.

Sightseeing in Corsica's major towns is also an excellent activity, though those who wait to do this on cloudy/rainy days may find the roads in and out of town completely overwhelmed by summer traffic, with traffic jams up to 2 hours in August. On cloudy days, your best bet is to avoid the centers and head into the mountains, for a walk along a marked trail or a meal in a small village.

What to eat and drink in Propriano, Corsica


Eat

Corsica food has French and Italian influences but has many unique dishes. The chestnut was one of the ancient (and even current) Corsican's mainstay foods, and many meals and even desserts are prepared with this. Also, most of the domesticated pigs on the island are semi-wild, released to forage for food much of the year, and the charcuterie reflects this excellent flavor. Typical Corsican charcuterie include lonzu, coppa, ham, figatellu, and saucisson made from pig or boar meat. Canistrelli are typical Corsican pastries which come in many different flavors.
Corsica also produces a uniquely flavored olive oil made from ripe fruits collected under trees.
Many villages have small shops where locally produced food is sold. That said, it may be difficult to find a restaurant that prepares truly Corsican dishes, and you may find yourself eating at a tourist-oriented Pizzeria, which nonetheless serves excellent food.

Drink

Corsican brew a wide selection of local beers, have their own coke and make their own wine, reflecting their independent ways. Don't be surprised if you are asked "Américain ou Corse" when ordering a coke. It's highly recommended to try the beers "Colomba", "Pietra" or "Bière Torre" when visiting - a very distinct taste that you won't find anywhere else in France.

Shopping in Propriano, Corsica


Corsica is well-known for its artisanry, included olive wood-handled knives and jewelry made using a lively red local coral. Local food products such as charcuterie, preserves, and biscuits are other commonly-bought souvenir items

Safety in Propriano, Corsica


Corsica is usually a very safe place, especially for tourists. Be polite and respectful, and there is nothing to worry about.

Language spoken in Propriano, Corsica


The official language is French. However, Corsica has its own native language, Corsican, which is quite close to Italian. It is estimated that up to 50% have conversational knowledge of Corsican. Italian is also spoken in tourist areas.

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August 13, 2020
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