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Ajaccio Area Holidays

A Corsican cultural hotspot

Famed as the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, Ajaccio holidays promise history, culture, nature and excellent food and drink on an island known for its fine weather and beautiful coastline. Ajaccio is a city teeming with historic monuments, from the ancestral home of the Bonaparte family, Maison Bonaparte, to the impressive Citadelle d’Ajaccio (fortress), while the Old Town and Borgu quarter are known for their attractive Mediterranean architecture and narrow streets.

Foodies will find holidays to Ajaccio a delight, as there are plenty of restaurants serving seafood and traditional French cuisine, accompanied by glasses of Corsican wine for which the island is famous. For the more adventurous, Ajaccio is a good base from which to explore the rest of Corsica, either by driving into its lush interior or touring around the coast and its islands by boat. Great for families and couples, as well as history buffs and foodies, holidays to Ajaccio are a super choice.

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Your Ajaccio questions, answered

Ajaccio gets over 2,700 hours of sunshine per year, with temperatures in the high 20s from June through to September. Winters are mild, and the weather generally favourable.
Ajaccio has a huge variety of restaurants in terms of atmosphere and types of food. Visit those specialising in traditional dishes and delicious seafood, and try the local wine.
With stunning sea views and miles of rugged coastline, Ajaccio is definitely a peak summer holiday destination. The clear blue skies and warm temperature create ideal conditions for lazy beach days, strolls along the seafront, and boat tours to explore the hidden coves. Temperatures start to drop during mid-September but it's still a pleasant 22°C on average. And you probably won't see much rain. With most tourists gone for the season, Ajaccio takes on a more laid-back vibe. Late summer or early autumn in Ajaccio is a fine way to escape the stresses of modern life and recharge your batteries.
Resting peacefully between the mountains and the sea, Ajaccio is a beautiful coastal town with some of the best beaches in Corsica. There's a mix of family-friendly beaches, with plenty of amenities, and more secluded spots. Nature lovers and ramblers will love exploring the wilder beaches and rugged coastline. You might even see some pelicans and herons sweeping across the sea. Then there's Palombaggia Beach. Arguably Corsica's number one beach, this remarkable looking stretch of white sand and crystal-clear sea wouldn't look out of place on a Caribbean island.
Yes. There are many beaches in, or near to, ⁠Ajaccio including city beach Plage de Saint-François. Travel to the Sanguinaires Islands and you’ll find rocky beaches with hidden coves.
Ajaccio is well worth a visit, especially if you enjoy off-beat city break destinations with an authentic local atmosphere. It's an excellent place for active holidaymakers who want to explore the coastline or indulge in some fun outdoor activities like scuba diving and canoeing. The Sentier des Crete is one of the best hiking trails. Beginning at the Bois des Anglais, it takes you past historical monuments and through the lush countryside with lovely scenery. Evenings in Ajaccio are about good food and relaxing drinks in quaint bars. Ajaccio is definitely not a party spot for younger travellers.
Corsica's capital is famous as the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. You can visit the former French Emperor's ancestral home, now a museum displaying Bonaparte family heirlooms. Then tour the 16th-century baroque Notre-Dame Cathedral where young Napoleon was baptised. You'll also see paintings by Delacroix and Tintoretto. Often referred to as the Imperial City, Ajaccio is well-known for its grand architecture, cultural vibe, and historical feel. And this port has a well-earned reputation for some of the best seafood restaurants on the island.
Ajaccio has a decent selection of bars and music venues. Some small clubs stay open late, but these mainly cater to students returning to Ajaccio in the summer. So, Ajaccio isn’t a party hot spot. You won’t stumble across boisterous groups or stag parties here. Instead, the nightlife is based around restaurants and bistros. Those along the marina are quite expensive, but the food is world-class. It's a guarantee that the fish on your plate came straight off the boat that morning. Book in advance to make sure of a table during the peak tourist season.
Families with smaller children may struggle around the city. Public transport networks are good, but not as extensive as most other European holiday destinations. Most of the local sites and museums aren't suitable for younger kids. But there are plenty of beaches near the city where you can enjoy a relaxing day with the family. Plage de Marinella is the best beach for families. It's a well organised, sandy spot with changing facilities, a play area, and shops and restaurants within walking distance.