Explore the famous prehistoric sites nearby including the emblematic site of Filitosa as well as Cucuruzzu or Cauria. A UNESCO World Heritage Site 18 km from Propriano, the megalithic prehistoric site of Filitosa is famous for its 3-metre statue-menhirs. Calved in the likeness of warriors, the granite statues known as "Filitosa" are sentinels of over 8000 years of history. Also visible are huge circular towers known as "torre", made from large stone blocks over 7 metres high, weighing several tons, thought to originate from the Sherden Warriors, one of the Mediterranean Sea Peoples.
Explore the Corsican hinterland, with its wild unspoilt landscape that makes up the pastoral highlands of Corsica. This is a region of dense forests of chestnut, pine and beech trees, of jagged peaks including the Aiguilles de Bavella (granite spikes pointing skywards) and the Col de Bavella, a setting off point for several walking trails accessible to all. The Alta Rocca region is known for its rich archaeological heritage highlighted by the prehistorical site of Cucuruzzu and the museum in Levie.
Experience the Caldanes thermal baths in the Alta Rocca region and the Baracci thermal baths in Olmeto, two sites dating back to Antiquity. The hot sulphurous water which gushes out at 40°C, is recognised for its soothing properties, particularly for the skin and treating rheumatism and respiratory conditions.
« it breathes war and vengeance », wrote the author Paul Valery. The town was founded by the Genoise in the sixteenth century and is renowned as the scene of bloody vendettas between the Genoise, Corsicans and Barbary pirates. Do not miss a visit to the most important museum in Corsica for prehistory and archaeology. On Good Friday, the town is famous for its traditional Catenacciu procession where a shackled penitent, wearing a cowl and carrying a cross weighing over thirty kilos, parades through the town retracing the steps of Christ. An unforgettable atmospheric experience of fervour and passion.
This beach is pure paradise with its turquoise coloured sea overlooked by a huge rocky outcrop, shaped by erosion into the form of a crouching lion. Up to the seventeenth century, the Barbary pirates landed here before carrying out their raids inland. Legend has it that a powerful lord was in love with a young girl who rejected him. Desperate, he summoned Death who turned him into stone. Out of fear the Saracens nicknamed it the Lion of Roccapina.