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Summer in the Grand Valinco region

Sartenais, Valinco, Taravo: the origins of Corsica

The Sartenais, Valinco, Taravo are home to historic vestiges that comprise some of the island’s most important sites. Take a trip into history and explore this land as it is today!

Arriving from Ometo, perched on the mountainside, you overlook the Baracci Plain with Propriano nestling at the back of the Gulf of Valinco.  The Sartenais Valinco Taravo offers 73km of coastline that ranks among the best preserved in all Corsica. As the mood takes you, you can go from fine sandy beaches to rocky creeks that plunge off into turquoise waters.

Head to Porto-Pollo, a small family seaside resort that is renowned for its diving sites, notably « Les Cathédrales », and for the incredible richness of its underwater plants and wildlife.

The great beach at Cupabia is particularly well-loved by wind surfers and the sign-posted trails through the Corsican Regional Nature Park will let you escape into the midst of thefragrant Maquis. 

Return to the marina of Propriano for an excursion out to sea towards Campomoro or Bonifacio and don’t hesitate to stop at a terrace to sample a dish of grilled fish or lobster, a locally caught speciality. If the sea is too rough, travel to the south of the Gulf of Valinco and visit thefortified tower of Campomoro with the children and be sure to admire the 360° panoramic view.

Just 15 minutes from Propriano, Sartène, the gateway to southern Corsica, is well worth a stop at the Place de la Porta. You can take the opportunity to visit the pedestrianised old town or the numerous artisans that run shops in the narrow streets. La Colomba, the character by Prosper Merimee originated from this region.

In August, the rural tourism fair and the Baracci fair provide the opportunity to meet Corsican producers and artisans that will let you taste the authentic products of the region (cheeses, wines, olive oil, honey…) and to discover local crafts (pottery, ironwork, wickerwork…).

After having left Sartène, travelling back down towards the sea, take the picturesque route that leads to the small port of Tizzano that is defended by a fort.

Taravo Valley

The long valley of the Taravo starts out at the coast of Valinco and climbs back up towards the centre of Corsica. It is divided into 2 territories; the lower and upper Taravo.

In lower Taravo, be sure not to miss the prehistoricsite of Filitosa, an ancient cultural and megalithic centre with its iconic representation of the statues-menhirs. This site offers the chance to take the children on a walk through a magical landscape.

Heading back up the valley to Sainte Marie Sicché along the national road from Petreto-Bicchisano, make a stop at Bains de Taccana or Bains de Guitera, whose beneficial spa waters have been enjoyed since Roman times or enjoy a dip in the bracing natural pools of Zicavo

Above Bains de Guitera, you enter the upper Taravo valley. The main speciality of this region is its charcuterie, the quality of which has always been famous. Further up from Zicavo, take the route that leads to the Cuscione Plateau, it is an ideal family walk for early mornings, which will help you avoid the extreme heat of the day, where you can discover the wild horses and stroll along a mossy carpet through the midst of the Pozzi (waterholes) dotted with large blue and purple flowers known as Monkshood.

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