Ajaccio Tourist Attractions
Corsica is a French island located in the Mediterranean Sea, and Ajaccio is the island’s capitol. Ajaccio is also the birth town of Napoleon Bonaparte. The island has a lot of coves, but also mountains and plains. We have listed some of the activities found on getyourguide.com for an overview of some of the excursions available through them.
Discover the natural highlights of Corsica’s West Coast during this full-day boat tour departing from Ajaccio.
After meeting up with the guide the boat sets sail towards Scandola Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located along the coast north of Ajaccio. This is followed by a visit to the island of Gargola to learn about the local wildlife and to visit the cathedral fault, and the small fishing village, Girolata. Girolata was built around an 18th century fort that is only accessible by sea.
The group will get some free time in the village to meet the wild cows that live there.
Stops will also be made at the cove of Ficajola as well as at the Calanques de Piana, a natural rock formation which is another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Participants get to swim and dive from the cliffs at Cala Di Pala cove, and at the Sanguinaires Islands they can either swim or visit the lighthouse before enjoying an aperitif of local charcuterie and rosé wine while savoring the sunset.
Jump on this open top bus tour of Ajaccio to experience and explore the town and its surroundings with a 360 degree view point.
The 1.5-hour long open bus tour departs from Square Foch and travels along De Gaulle Square where the statue of Napoleon with his four brothers can be seen. The tour then cruises along Austerlitz Square, and discovers the major statue dedicated to Napoleon at the Casone Square.
The tour then continues along the coastal road of the Sanguinaires where participants get to enjoy the stunning view of the Ajaccio Bay, and finally the tour stops at the Parata Point for approximately 20-30 minutes to appreciate and soak in the exceptional panoramic view over the Sanguinaires archipelago before heading back to Ajaccio.
The tour is wheelchair accessible and audio guides are included in the languages of English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Food and drinks are not allowed on the bus.
Ajaccio: Day Trip Boat Tour to Bonifacio
Bonifacio is a small town located on the southern tip of Corsica, separated from the Italian island of Sardinia by the Strait of Bonifacio.
Board the boat in either Ajaccio or Porticcio for this relaxing full day cruise that lasts approximately 9.5-hours allowing for the participants to discover the coast of Corsica from a different perspective.
The first stop is the emblematic Lion of Roccapino, a natural sculpture of a lion formed in the rocks where participants get to take a swim in the warm, crystal-clear waters of the beach below.
The cruise will continue with a sit down charcuterie tasting board with a sip of local rosé wine once back on board the boat. The journey will proceed to Lavezzi Islands where it is possible to cool down with a dip in the sea before heading to Corsica’s largest natural swimming pool, the Piantarella Lagoon.
Next on the excursion is the town of Bonifacio where the group will get to enjoy some free time where they can explore the town on foot or have lunch at a local restaurant, or a little bit of both perhaps.
After this it is time to begin the journey back to Ajaccio, but the boat will stop at one of the picturesque beaches along the way so the participants can have a swim, or at Anse de Cacao where they can dive into the sea.
Lunch is not included in the price. The excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users and hotel pick-up and drop-off is not included.
After meeting up with your guide you will head over to the island of Cargola and through the cathedral fault where you can swim in the turquoise waters as appetizers of cold meats to be enjoyed with some local Corsica rosé wine is prepared. The boat will arrive at Girolata, a small fishing village that is built around an 18th-century fortress and only accessible by sea, at noon and it will set sail towards the Gulf of Porto at 2pm and on the way stop for another swimming break at Anse Ficajola, a small village overlooking the beach.
After that the excursion proceeds to the Calanques of Piana, which is considered a geological jewel with cliffs and caves before reaching the crystal-clear water of the natural pool of Capo Rosso. The final stop of the day will be a Cala di Pala Cove where participants can jump off diving boards of different heights before returning to where it all began in Ajaccio.
Lunch and hotel pick-up and drop-off is not included in the price, and the adventure is not suitable for wheelchair users.
Ajaccio/Porticcio: Sanguinaires Sunset Cruise & Wine Tasting
The Sanguinaires Islands is an archipelago consisting of four islets of dark red porphyry that sits at the entrance to the Gulf of Ajaccio.
The tour is 3-4 hours long and during it the participants will get to take in sights along the north shore of Ajaccio, including the Greek chapel, the Maring cemetery, the Citadel and the Tino Rossi house, before arriving at the Sanguinaires Islands in time to admire the sunset from the boat.
A sommelier and a local wine-grower will comment during the wine tasting that will help participants discover white, red as well as rosé wines from the Ajaccio region. This will be followed by a buffet of typical and local Corsican products such as swiss chard pie, ham, cheese, and sweet fritters to the sound of guitars played by local musicians.
It is not allowed to smoke during this tour.
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