Propriano cruises

Propriano stands on the southwest shore of the ruggedly beautiful French island, Corsica, overlooking the Gulf of Valinco. The port is virtually the midpoint between Bonifacio to the south and the island’s capital, Ajaccio, to the north. Corsica’s combination of beaches, charming villages and rugged scenery will enrich a cruise to the chic western Mediterranean.

Propriano’s cultural heritage

Corsicans lived under the rule of the Republic of Genoa for almost five hundred years up until a brief period of independence from 1755. France then conquered the island in 1769, and it remains one of France’s 18 regions, even if many strands of its culture are more Italian than French. You’ll notice this in its cuisine and language, which is closely related to Italian, especially in the north.

For a glimpse into traditional Corsican life, head to one of Corsica’s most enchanting towns, Sartène. Its tall, grey granite houses seem to extend out of the high ridge it has occupied since mediaeval times. Orange rooftops and a backdrop of tooth-like peaks create a fairy-tale impression, and its narrow cobbled lanes invite discovery. This part of the island is also likely to intrigue wine connoisseurs, with 40 acres of vineyards spread across the countryside, and the opportunity to sample the local reds.

Discover Propriano

Propriano itself dates mainly from the early 19th century, and has an attractive centre of sand-coloured buildings with terracotta roofs, all overlooked by the Church of Notre Dame de la Misericorde. The scenic harbour is a mixture of modest fishing boats and exclusive yachts, while there are some excellent beaches nearby.

You could always visit the island’s capital, Ajaccio, where Napoleon was born in 1769. It’s even possible to step inside his family home, the Maison Bonaparte, now a museum. The photogenic clifftop towns of Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio are both also within reach along the coast.

Should you decide to devote your day to Corsica’s scenery, there are plenty of highlights. The generous gifts nature has bestowed upon the island include the Vizzavona Forest, the Prunelli Gorges or the Calanches, a surreal landscape of dramatic red granite rock formations plunging towards sea that form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Excursions

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.

  • The Medieval Village Of Sartène

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

    The Medieval Village Of Sartène

    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 one hour of free time to shop in Sartène, where you will find an abundance of shops and souvenir stands lining the small narrow streets.



    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.

    Tour code

    PRP_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Bonifacio

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

    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.

    This tour is operated by coach, mini-train 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.

    Tour code

    PRP_001

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Campomoro

    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.

    Campomoro

    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.

    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 Cunard.

    Tour code

    PRP_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours