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  • General information

    Official language: French
    Time zone: UTC+2 (summer), UTC+1 (winter)
    Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • When for holidays?

    On Corsica the sun shines 230 days per year, and summer is hot and dry with the average temperature of air of around 30 Celsius degrees and of water at about 26-28 Celsius degrees. Even in winter it is warm – 12-15 Celsius degrees.

  • Ideal views

    Where can you make the best picture of the sunset on Corsica? On Pointe de la Parata, which is granitic cape located around 12 kilometers from the town.

  • The feast of fishermen

    In June in Ajaccio takes place a few days-long feast Saint Erasme – “I Pescadori In Festa”.  It starts with highly spectacular evening procession of ships on the sea.

What’s worth seeing in Ajaccio?

Ajaccio is the French city located on the western shore of Corsica. It is known for perfect weather for the most time of the year, well-developed touristic infrastructure, and fact, that Napoleon was born there. That buzzy and sunny capital of Corsica attracts also with beautiful beaches, rich cultural offer and tasty local cuisine.

Ajaccio was established in the 15th century by Genoese. To this day build by them in 1492 citadel is one of the touristic attractions (it can be watched from the outside), but also a base for the French army. Among local monuments, we can name also the Cathedral of Assumption of the Virgin Mary    (Cathédrale de l'Assomption de Sainte-Marie) and the church of Saint-Erasme. In the city there can found many traces of Napoleon, for instance, the museum opened in his family house, which is Musee National de la Maison Bonaparte or a park Jardins du Casone with his statue. Lovers of art won’t regret the time spend in the Museum Fesch, that boasts of masterpieces of, among others, Titian, Raphael or Botticelli, but also a rich collecting of Italian primitive paintings.

Corsica is famous for lovely beaches and sunny weather. It is worth to spend the holidays not only on sightseeing but also resting in the area of Ajaccio. The most interesting beaches in the region are

St-Francçois and Trottel, that starts next to the citadel and goes to the west of the town. Very popular is also Plage de Ricanto (called Tahiti), that is situated to the East from the town, a few kilometers behind it. The sot eagerly visited is the beach in Porticcio, that lies several dozens of kilometers from Ajaccio and drive by bus or car is necessary to reach it.

What to eat in Corsica? Local cuisine is based mainly on goat and lamb meat. The first type of meat is served as, for instance, dish piverunata, which is stew from goat meat with an addition of pulenda, puree from the flour of chestnuts. Often eaten there are goat and ovine cheeses, for e.g. brocciu type. Also, seafood and fishes are not lacking, it is worth to try for instance sipu aziminu. Where to eat? We recommend looking for places with live music and those serving fresh fishes, like A Nepita,

L'Altru Versu (with a view for the sea) or Le Trou Dans le Mur.

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