Welcome to Sartène
With its grey granite houses, secretive dead-end alleys and sombre, introspective air, the hill village of Sartène has long been renowned for encapsulating Corsica’s rugged spirit. To French novelist Prosper Mérimée, this was the ‘most Corsican of Corsican towns’. It certainly feels a long way from the glitter of the Corsican coast; the hillside houses are endearingly ramshackle, the streets scruffy and shady, and life still crawls along at a traditional tilt. Even if the banditry and bloody vendettas for which it was formerly notorious now lie firmly in the past, Sartène continues to offer an authentic glimpse of how life used to be lived in rural Corsica.