Ajaccio, Corsica

Napoleon, Ajaccio, Corsica,

How to Get There

From the UK, you have a few viable options for getting to Ajaccio. Flying is the most straightforward, with direct flights from London to Ajaccio taking just over 2 hours. If you’re after a bit more adventure, another option is to fly into mainland France, then catch a ferry from Marseille or Nice to Ajaccio.

For European travellers, flying is again the quickest route. Several airlines operate routes from various European cities directly into Ajaccio. Alternatively, take a train to a French port city and then hop on a ferry to Ajaccio. The ferry is a particularly good choice for those already located in southern France or Italy.

North America:
Visitors from North America will likely need to catch a connecting flight through a major European hub such as Paris or London. From there, it’s a relatively short flight to Ajaccio.

For the long-haul journey from Australia, you’ll be looking at a couple of layovers, most likely in Asia and then Europe. Once in Europe, a direct flight or ferry from mainland France are your options for reaching Ajaccio.

What to Do in Ajaccio

Delve into the island’s rich past with a visit to Maison Bonaparte, the ancestral home of Napoleon. For a broader look at Corsican history, the Fesch Museum offers an array of historical artefacts.

Local culture is a delightful blend of French and Italian influences. Don’t miss the local festivals like Ajaccio’s Carnival, filled with music, dancing, and traditional Corsican food.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor:
From the Gulf of Ajaccio to the Sanguinaires Islands, the coastal scenery around Ajaccio is stunning. Though you won’t find lighthouses as you might in more northern climes, the natural harbours and numerous secluded bays provide their own brand of maritime charm.

For a night out, Ajaccio offers a variety of bars, cafes, and even a casino. Whether it’s Corsican polyphonic singing or more modern tunes, you’ll find the island has a lively music scene.

Eating Out:
Corsican cuisine is robust and flavourful. Try local specialties like wild boar or seafood dishes like “aziminu,” a Corsican fish soup.

Corsica is often called the “Island of Beauty,” and rightly so. Explore the nearby Scandola Nature Reserve or take a hike in the inland mountains.

Unique Features:
What sets Ajaccio apart is its blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. From the red granite cliffs to the historic city centre, it offers an alluring mix of the familiar and the exotic.

For lodging, consider the Hotel Les Mouettes, which offers sea views, or the more luxurious Sofitel Golfe d’Ajaccio for a spa experience.

Official Tourist Website:
The best official tourist website for Ajaccio is the Ajaccio Tourist Office website, which provides a comprehensive guide to the city and its surrounding areas.


Special Interests

If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.

Sustainable Travel Carbon Offset Schemes

By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to or from your voyage.

Here are some suggestions for carbon offset websites.

UK: One popular carbon offset website in the UK is “Clear” who offer a range of carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and organisations. They provide detailed information about their projects and allow users to calculate and offset their carbon footprint online.

North America: In North America, “Terrapass” is a well-known carbon offset website. Terrapass offers carbon offset projects across the United States and Canada. They provide options for individuals, businesses, and events to calculate and offset their carbon emissions. Terrapass also offers additional resources and information on sustainable living.

Europe: A popular carbon offset website in Europe is “MyClimate.” MyClimate provides carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and travel. They offer a carbon footprint calculator and allow users to support various sustainable projects worldwide. MyClimate focuses on promoting climate protection and sustainability.

Australia:Greenfleet” is a prominent carbon offset website in Australia. Greenfleet focuses on planting native forests to offset carbon emissions. They offer individuals and businesses the opportunity to calculate and offset their carbon footprint by contributing to tree planting projects across Australia. Greenfleet provides detailed information about their projects and the positive environmental impacts they create.


Please note that these carbon offset websites may vary over time, so it is recommended to research and explore multiple options to find the most suitable one for your needs. 

If any of these links do not work it would be kind of you to inform us, many thanks.


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