Destination Guide: Ajaccio
A picturesque old town embraced by mountains and
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
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.
Edible gifts and original crafts. Browse the market on
Place César-Campinchi for Corsican delicacies like
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
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
Casino. Ajaccio hosts performing arts festivals during
summer - try and catch a concert of haunting Corsican