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A snapshot of Ajaccio

08/04/2014

Discover more about the capital of Corsica...

Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica

Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica

Famous forefather

It won’t take you long to work out the island of Corsica’s special connection to Napoleon Bonaparte who was born here in 1769. Museums, street names and monuments in capital city Ajaccio commemorate the man.

 

A hop, a skip and a jump

Ajaccio is compact and its colourful market is an easy stroll from the port. Enjoy a coffee and fritelli (a doughnut made with chestnut flour) among stalls piled high with fruit, local cheeses and cured meats.

 

A sense of history

Nestled between the port and the imposing cliff-top citadel, the old town’s cluster of ancient streets spread from the Place Foch – a pretty square that opens up onto the seafront by the old port.

 

Unmissable museum

The Musée Fesch houses a superb collection of art amassed by Napoleon’s uncle, Cardinal Fesch, including France’s largest collection of Italian paintings outside the Louvre.

 

Fabulous frescos

Located in the 19th-century Hôtel de Ville, the Salon Napoléonien two-room museum undoubtedly has the best ceiling in town. Elaborately decorated, it holds a stunning display of Napoleonic paintings, statues and medals.

 

Spoilt for choice

Savour lobster spaghetti and a glass of Corsican wine al fresco at Le Bilboq Chez Jean Jean. Or for something altogether different, and more upmarket, Le Grand Café Napoléon is situated in a Belle Époque ballroom.

 

Liquid gold

The abundance of fruit and flowers that grow here makes the honey produced on the island extra special. Pick up a jar or two in the market.

 

Golden sands

Feel the sugar-soft sand between your toes at St Francois Beach, just a 10-minute walk from the port. But there are 20 just-as-nice beaches within 20km of the port – just hop in a cab. Plage du Picanto and Plage d’Ariadne are both great for families.

 

Island visit

Travel 11km west of Ajaccio to discover Les Îles Sanguinaires, a collection of dramatic granite islands. Visitors can take a short ferry ride there from the Gare Maritime, next to the tender pier.

 

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