The spectre of Corsica’s General looms over Ajaccio, as Napoléon Bonaparte was born here and the city is dotted with sites relating to the diminutive dictator, from his childhood home to seafront statues, museums and street names……..You could visit the…….Palais Fesch, Musée des Beaux-Arts and this Fesch Palace is one of the island’s must-sees, as the superb museum established by Napoléon’s uncle has France’s largest collection of Italian renaissance paintings outside the Louvre….. Maison Bonaparte……is a house where Napoléon spent his first nine years…… Salon Napoléonien….. Fans of Napoléon will make a beeline for this tiny museum which exhibits Napoléonic medals, portraits and busts, as well as a fabulously frescoed ceiling of Napoléon and entourage……. The Place Bonaparte, a quarter frequented chiefly by winter visitors attracted by the mild climate of the town……Musée A Bandera…….Tucked away on a side street, this quirky little museum explores Corsican history up to WWII… Le 20123……This fabulous, one-of-a-kind place started life in the village of Pila Canale, endorsed with it’s post code and, when the owner upped sticks to Ajaccio, he decided to take the old village with him, water pumps and other accompaniments……. Plage de Ricanto…..is Ajaccio’s most popular beach!!!!
Enter Ajaccio, a French commune and the capital city of Corsica…….this land is all class and seduction……. Commanding a lovely sweep of bay, the city breathes confidence and has more than a whiff of the Côte d’Azur……. Each one of you…. from solo travellers to romance-seeking couples and families will love moseying around the centre, replete with mellow-toned buildings and buzzing cafes….. not to mention its large marina and the trendy route des Sanguinaires area……..on your……….Corsica and Ajaccio Holiday Package!!!!!
Move along the Route des Sanguinaires that runs along the southern coast of the city after the Saint François Beach, lined with villas and coves and beaches……. Along the road is the Ajaccio cemetery with the grave of Corsican singer Tino Rossi……At the mouth of the Route is the Pointe de la Parata, another magnet for walkers, near the archipelago….. and the famous lighthouse!!!!
The Sentier des Crêtes or the Crest Trail starts from the city centre and is an easy hike offering splendid views of the Gulf of Ajaccio…… The shores of the Gulf are dotted with a multitude of small coves and beaches ideal for swimming and scuba diving……. Many small paths traversing the maquis or high ground covered in thick vegetation in the commune led to naming the Maquis resistance network!!!! The city also has two marinas and a casino……….indulge, indulge and indulge………on this…….Corsica and Ajaccio Holiday Package!!!!!
Other places of interest are the……the old town and the Borgu that are typically Mediterranean with their narrow streets and picturesque buildings……The area known as…. “for foreigners” has a number of old palaces, villas, and buildings once built for the wintering British in the Belle Époque such as the Anglican Church and the Grand Hotel Continental…..it still retains beautiful architecture and is very pleasant to visit…… The Hotel Palace-Cyrnos is an old Luxury Hotel from the nineteenth -century and a famous palace of the old days in the quarter “for foreigners” now converted into housing……The Square Pierre Griffi, in front of the railway station, depicts the hero of the Corsican Resistance, one of the members of the Pearl Harbour secret mission, the first operation launched in occupied Corsica to coordinate resistance.
The commune of Ajaccio has several religious buildings and structures that are registered as historical monuments…..The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta from the Renaissance period which depended on the diocese of Ajaccio and where Napoleon was baptized…. The former Episcopal Palace …..and the Imperial Chapel that houses the graves of Napoleon’s parents and his brothers and sisters……The Church of Saint Roch, ornamented with Neoclassical architecture is a masterpiece!!!!!
Feel like an eco-friendly adventure on the high seas?…… Grab a kayak and head out onto the Mediterranean……. Not that long ago, kayaking along the Mediterranean coast was something of a hidden pleasure, but now it’s actually becoming more popular among visitors as a mode of transport between land and sea………get on with this adventure………on the…….Corsica and Ajaccio Holiday Package!!!!!
‘Kayaks mean you can travel at speed, without polluting,’ but that’s just one of the many advantages’. It is one of the best ways for families to discover this exceptional natural and protected site bordering the Agriates Desert…… You glide along at water level, without making a sound or disturbing the aquatic or terrestrial wildlife, enjoying the shimmering turquoise of hidden streams, all under the watchful gaze of the Genoese Towers’.
Corsica is lucky enough to have extremely clear waters and, without wearing a mask, you can see underwater to depths of fifteen metres, from rocky bottoms to sand banks and fields of seagrass…… You can explore even further by going out with a mask and snorkel…… Unlike a boat, you can pull a kayak ashore at any one of the pretty coves dotted along the coast, which are often more attractive than the beaches…… Pack your snacks, mobile phone and camera into a water-tight case and you’re good to go….. Slip in a pair of sneakers so you can park the kayak to explore the scented maquis or scrubland of the Agriates Desert on foot and gain some height to enjoy the coastal view!!!!!
If you’re looking for a longer jaunt, try the three-day journey across the Agriates from Saint-Florent to Lozari beach…… This trek into magnificent, isolated areas can really make you feel like Robinson Crusoe…… Camping is subject to tolerance rules and only permitted from sunset to sunrise on sites specified and approved by the Conservatoire du Littoral……. Be sure to respect the surrounding environment at all times…… May, June and September are the best months for kayaking, as the coast can get crammed with sailboats and jet skis in the high summer.
Did you like the sound of that? Your guide could give you all the information in Corsica or Ajaccio itself and get you trailing with your plans……..on the grand……….Corsica and Ajaccio Holiday Package!!!!! Shopping:
In Ajaccio……there is U Stazzu for Corsican goodies, also famous for its handmade charcuterie and Corsican delicacies crafted by other small producers…… The shop also sells jams, liqueurs, and honey!!!!……Within thirty kilometres of Ajaccio Atelier du Lotus is a workshop-cum-shop, located in the village, sells gorgeous hand-made leather goods and high-quality traditional knives….. La Cave Sartenaise……Don’t leave town without stopping at this Aladdin’s cave of a shop for charcuterie, cheese, honey, olive oil, biscuits and dozens of local wine!!!!!
Corsica has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters…….. The natural vegetation is Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and shrubs…. Ajaccio is a city that has a Mediterranean climate, with quite a bit of sunshine!!!!!! Caressing memories of this enigmatic rock-boned island, surrounded by ancient art deco architecture and legacy pouring in it’s monuments and the countryside, you would find it almost impossible to return from this exhilarating………Corsica and Ajaccio Holiday Package!!!!!!