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Destination Guide: Ajaccio

A picturesque old town embraced by mountains and beaches
Echoes of Napoléon Bonaparte's history are everywhere in the Corsican city of his birth. Wander the colourful old town and sizzle on one of the twenty or so beaches in the turquoise Gulf of Ajaccio.

Food and Drink

Fish soup and charcuterie. In the old town's stylish restaurants, dine on aziminu, the local bouillabaisse, or cannelloni with creamy brocciu sheep's cheese. Corsican free-range pigs fed on chestnuts and acorns make excellent charcuterie for grazing. The sweet-toothed should sample the local honey and nutty canistrelli biscuits. Wash everything down with Corsican AOC wines.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Old town alleyways and Renaissance art. The Napoléon monument has pride of place in the Place d'Austerlitz. Drop by the Maison Bonaparte on Rue Saint-Charles for chapter and verse on the Emperor, and brush up on Corsican history at the A Bandera Museum. Musée Fesch's rich collection of Italian paintings features works by Veronese, Titian and Botticelli.

Shopping

Edible gifts and original crafts. Browse the market on Place César-Campinchi for Corsican delicacies like honey, canistrelli biscuits and lemony fiadone cheesecake made with brocciu cheese. Hunt down arts and crafts from woodcarvers and potters, hand-made coral jewellery and designer labels in the quirky one-off boutiques of the old town.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Mellow evenings in bars and lively music festivals. People-watch over an apéritif of Muscat wine on Place Foch, or sip cocktails on Boulevard Lantivy while looking out on the palm tree-lined bay. Roulette wheels spin and slot machines whir at the Casino. Ajaccio hosts performing arts festivals during summer - try and catch a concert of haunting Corsican polyphonic singing.