The 10 Best Things to Do in Ajaccio, France

August 21, 2017 Roseanne Arnett

Ajaccio, Corsica's main city, is fun to visit at any time of year. But if you're a secret (or not-so-secret) Napoleon Bonaparte groupie, plan to be there on August 15 and join the celebration of the birthday of Ajaccio's most famous son. Casa Buonaparte, Napoleon's family home and birthplace, is worth a visit, as is the town cathedral. Or just enjoy the Corsican sun.
Restaurants in Ajaccio

1. Sentier des Douaniers

20000 Ajaccio, Communaute d'Agglomeration du Pays Ajaccien, Corsica, France
Excellent
65%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 175 reviews

Sentier des Douaniers

Reviewed By Peder2013 - Mareeba

At Parata you will find a most wonderful and peaceful place away from the busy city but only 20 minutes by local bus. The views are stunning and walks easy to undertake. Marvel at the Parata tower and watch the waves and listen to the sound of the rocks rolling in and out with every wave. Lots of flora to examine and birds are plentiful. There is a visitor centre with lots of information to gain. You will also find a restaurant and shop.

2. Maeva Plongee

les Marines de Porticcio D 55 boulevard Marie Jeanne Bozzi Porticcio | A Cote du Cinema, 20166 Porticcio, Corsica, France
Excellent
86%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 347 reviews

Maeva Plongee

Reviewed By dvdrip1 - Utrecht, The Netherlands

At August 24 we decided to go scuba diving with a group of four persons. We made a reservation on Monday at desk, where we were helped perfectly in English by Victoria. She was very helpful and nice and provided us with the right info.
The actual dive was taking place on Wednesday. After we arrived, our group was instructed in English, so we know what we could expect and how we should act underwater. Also the gear was handed out, which was in very good condition.
One of the instructors was especially appointed to our group, so he could translate the French information that was told on the boat, into English, just for us. That was great!
The actual dive was very nice. We hired a waterproof action cam at the reception desk, for just 29 euro. Afterwards, we could keep the SD card with our own movie and photo's.
The instructors are doing a great job under water, so they can show you all the nice things under water, like fish, sea urchins and the under water vegetation. The XL dive of 45 minutes is a great time to explore how diving works and enjoy the surroundings.
If you're looking for a great experience, try this diving school for sure!

3. U Cintu

1 Les Marines de Porticcio, 20166 Porticcio, Corsica, France +33 9 67 50 20 06
Excellent
89%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
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5 based on 77 reviews

U Cintu

Reviewed By CarolsPal

Tasting the Heart of Corsica - Delightful Delacacies - Wines, Cheeses, Cured Meats (Charcuterie) and Olives
Sampling the gourmet yet rustic Corsican foods and wines in the friendly atmosphere of U Cintu, a friendly, small Corsican delicatessen chock full of high-quality comestibles, is a pleasure. Recommendations and samples are freely shared so that shopping for edible souvenirs or simply picnic-fare for enjoying the Beaches of Porticcio, just out the door of U Cintu makes a day or evening more fun.

4. Lac de Tolla

Lac de Tolla, Ajaccio, Communaute d'Agglomeration du Pays Ajaccien, Corsica, France +33 4 95 27 00 48
Excellent
36%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
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4 based on 320 reviews

Lac de Tolla

Reviewed By Mark B - Herne Bay, United Kingdom

Took a coach tour around the island, which has some stunning scenery almost prehistoric in appearance. We visited a local forest which has some stunning views over the lake of Tolla and surrounding areas. Not a trip for anyone who does not like heights. The roads have steep drops and are in places very narrow, only wide enough for one vehicle. Our coach driver showed great skill. We stopped at a local " bee farm" where we tried many local honeys which was very enjoyable. The day was spoilt by the very poor air conditioning in the coach, with temperatures in the high thirties, many people on the coach were really struggling with the heat. Only coach tour during our two week holiday where we were feeling very uncomfortable

5. Notre Dame de Misericorde

Excellent
61%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
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4.5 based on 70 reviews

Notre Dame de Misericorde

Reviewed By Rameshlcfc - Leicester

A must see church which dominates the centre of this small town.
It is beautiful and tranquil inside.
The church seems to be renovated recently. Outside there is a statue of Christ out stretching his arms (like a smaller version of Christ the Redeemer).
There are two approach to the church - up the stairs or walk long way around. Ideally go up one way, come down the other.

6. Place Foch

Ajaccio, Communaute d'Agglomeration du Pays Ajaccien, Corsica, France
Excellent
27%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
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4 based on 191 reviews

Place Foch

Reviewed By top-trippers - Heswall, United Kingdom

Nice statue of Napoleon, farmers type market (cheese, meats, olives, honey etc) plus some cafes. The Petit Train tour starts from here – wouldn’t recommend unless you want to do the longer tour to see something outside of central Ajaccio or unless you have major walking problems.

7. Maison Bonaparte

Rue St. Charles, 20000 Ajaccio, Communaute d'Agglomeration du Pays Ajaccien, Corsica, France +33 4 95 21 43 89
Excellent
26%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 887 reviews

Maison Bonaparte

Reviewed By YaleDad - New York City

Closed Monday. Really requires a good understanding of French to appreciate the museum- so half our group enjoyed and others, who had come back after trying to get access on Monday, were greatly disappointed.
I'd honestly suggest you walk by the outside and the continue on to the Cathedral.

8. Marche des Producteurs de Pays

Place du Marechal Foch, Ajaccio, Communaute d'Agglomeration du Pays Ajaccien, Corsica, France +33 6 89 14 36 39
Excellent
34%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 129 reviews

Marche des Producteurs de Pays

Reviewed By ozpix - Australia

Foodie market right in the centre of town near the harbour. Lots of different local products to see & buy. Great atmosphere and protected by shade from large trees along the market.

9. Place de Gaulle

Ajaccio, Communaute d'Agglomeration du Pays Ajaccien, Corsica, France
Excellent
15%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 239 reviews

Place de Gaulle

Reviewed By HumberMart - Brigg, United Kingdom

Our road trip from Corsica through Sardinia, to Sicily, meant that Ajaccio was the main culprit of our time saving measures as we traveled from Bastia to Bonifacio. We could only afford 2-3 hours here.
So our stop consisted of a walk along the port, the main shopping street and the square.
It's obviously a must if you're in Ajaccio, but having visited countless others, I couldn't argue it's one of the most memorable.

10. Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption

Rue Forcioli Conti, Ajaccio, Communaute d'Agglomeration du Pays Ajaccien, Corsica, France +33 4 95 21 07 67
Excellent
26%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
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4 based on 157 reviews

Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption

Reviewed By Borzov - Rijeka, Croatia

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption is a baroque church, built in the late 16th century by the famous Italian architect Giacomo della Porta. It is relatively small building with the interior Latin cross covered by a dome and seven side chapels.

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