Ajaccio, Corsica, France

Ajaccio is the biggest city on the French island Corsica, also the capital of the region Corsica and the departement Corse-du-Sud. The city with 50000 inhabitants (1997) lies on the westcoast of the equally named bay.  The surrounding hills are planted with orange and olive trees and offer the city protection against the cold wind from the north.  They also guarantee an equal temperature.

It’s the city where the French emperor Napoleon (1769) and his brother, the king of Holland were born.
Protected by several piers the Citadel pier, the lighthouse, the fishing harbour and trading port all form one area.  In the middle of the city you can find the big Place de Charles de Gaulle, starting point for touristic trips.  In the reception hall of the city hall is the Musee Napoleonien (museum of Napoleon). More south along the quay is the old Citadelle (16th century, not accessible). Furtheron the Cours Daniele Casanova and at the end of the rue Forcioli-Conti you can find the Notre Dame de la Misericorde cathedral, built in renaissance style. The building is a combination of vaults, arches and frescoes. At the Cours Napoleon is the St. Roch, a new church from 1895. On the Place Giraud stands a big statue of Napoleon.

(source: wikipedia.org)

Things to see

  • Austerlitz square
  • Cours Grandval
  • Cours Napoléon
  • Fesch museum
  • Iles Sanguinaires
  • Le Quartier Anglais
  • St. Roch church


  • Cargese
  • Cricheto Pass
  • Corte
  • Cupulatta (with the tortoise protection center)
  • Porto
  • San Bastiano
  • Tolla lake

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