If you are looking for an island getaway while holidaying in the bustling resort towns of Cote d’Azur, then you are in for a treat because you are only a ferry away from the beautiful Mediterranean island of Corsica. The shortest ferry ride from Nice…
If you are looking for an island getaway while holidaying in the bustling resort towns of Cote d’Azur, then you are in for a treat because you are only a ferry away from the beautiful Mediterranean island of Corsica. The shortest ferry ride from Nice takes less than 4 hours but if you think it is too long a ride, you better reconsider because you will surely be enchanted by its stunning beaches, charming villages and scenic mountain trails.
Ajaccio, located on the west coast, offers the perfect glimpse to what Corsica has in store for you. It is the island’s capital so you can expect to find several museums in the area if you are in the lookout for one. There is also no lack of outdoor cafes for those who simply want to sit down, relax, sip a good brew and watch the typical laid-back Corsican day unfold before you.
If you are craving some history, you just have to take lazy strolls around town and discover the vestiges of Napoleon Bonaparte who was born in the island. You will find plenty of mention of him on Corsica, from street names to impressive monuments and, of course, an entire national museum dedicated to his remarkable life story.
If ancient history is what you are more interested in, then a visit to the prehistoric site of Filitosa – 25 miles out of town – is a must for you. It boasts of statues dating back to the early Neolithic era that will surely be an amazing experience for history enthusiasts. Explore the site and marvel at the prehistoric menhirs – human faces carved out of granite in all shapes and sizes.
For scenic strolls, walk around the Old Town’s Place Marechal Foch and enjoy the beautiful houses that make it one of the most atmospheric places in the capital. If you are a fan of Renaissance art, then you better head to the nearby Fesch Museum where Bonaparte’s very own painting collection is on display. But if your idea of a scenic stroll involves breathtaking vistas, then off you go to the hills of Ajaccio. Follow the Route de Cretes and treat yourself to sweeping panoramas of the town and the coast.
If you are looking for beautiful sandy beaches where you can soak up the warm Mediterranean sun, you may need to leave town – but only for a short drive – to find an idyllic stretch of sand. There are also several little coves to discover along the way, so be a little adventurous and make frequent stops if something interesting catches your eye. But for those who simply want to stay in Ajaccio, you can make do with the small beach near the Citadelle called Plage St. Francois.
Finally, no visit to Ajaccio is complete without going on a boat ride to Iles Sanguinaires to catch sight of its fabulous sunset. The islets are inhabited by several species of birds, making it a perfect jaunt for avid birdwatchers as well.