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French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was born here in the capital of the island of Corsica. Hike, swim and tour the historic sites.

Ajaccio is the largest city on Corsica and the capital of this French island. Palm tree-lined boulevards and waterside cafés provide commanding views of the bay. Enjoy the city’s art, architecture and history. Take long hikes in the countryside and visit uninhabited offshore islands.

Notice reminders of the city’s most famous son, Napoleon Bonaparte, everywhere. The first emperor of France was born in Ajaccio in 1769. Parks, squares and boulevards are dotted with statues of the military leader and streets are named after the Bonaparte family.

Visit the Place d'Austerlitz to see the Grotte Napoleon, a large bronze statue on a pyramid-shaped plinth. The monument is near a cave where Bonaparte played as a child. Visit Maison Bonaparte, the house where Napoleon was born. Today, it’s a museum covering his family’s history. Find more mementos of the Bonaparte family in the town hall building in Place du Maréchal Foch.

Walk through narrow lanes of the old quarter lined by pastel-colored houses, cafés, boutiques and bars. Step inside the 16th-century cathedral to see the marble font where Napoleon was baptized. Nearby is the Fesch Museum, a good place to see Italian Renaissance paintings and sculptures.

Sunbathe, swim and participate in watersports at the city’s beaches and coves. Take a diving trip or boat tour of the four uninhabited Sanguinaires Islands, just a few miles offshore.

Ajaccio is a magnet for walkers and hikers. Follow several trails passing through the Corsican countryside with views over the Gulf of Ajaccio. Hike the Path of the Ridges, which starts in the city center and runs along the coastline for almost 7 miles (11 kilometers).

Ajaccio is a ferry port and stopping point for Mediterranean cruises. The city’s airport has regular flights to several French cities and many other European destinations. Get around by bus, rental car, taxi or on foot.

With beaches, museums and historic sights, find plenty to do in Ajaccio. As many people do, enjoy daytrips into the countryside as well.

Top Hotels in Ajaccio

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Campo Dell'Oro
Campo Dell'Oro
4 out of 5
Plage du Ricanto, BP 60996, Ajaccio, Corse-du-Sud
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $121 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 20

Situated in Ajaccio, this beach hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Campo Dell'Oro and within 3 mi (5 km) of Port de Plaisance Charles Ornano and Chapelle Imperiale. ...

4/5Very Good! (288 reviews)
Brief but very pleasant

"Due to a late arrival in Ajaccio we decided to stay the night rather than move on to our pre-arranged lodging. We are glad we did. The hotel is amazingly close to the airport and was very comfortable. it is complete with amenities, restaurant, bar, pool, spa etc. All were in good shape and inviting. ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Campo Dell'Oro
Hotel Napoleon
Hotel Napoleon
3 out of 5
4 rue Lorenzo Vero BP 28, Ajaccio, Corse-du-Sud
The price is $89 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6

Located in the heart of Ajaccio, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chapelle Imperiale, Musee Fesch, and Place de Gaulle. Ajaccio Cathedral is 0.3 mi (0.5 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (533 reviews)

"Very convenient location, and great for walking around town."…"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2019

Hotel Napoleon
Mercure Ajaccio Centre
Mercure Ajaccio Centre
4 out of 5
115 Cours Napoleon, Ajaccio, Corse-du-Sud
The price is $103 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Located in the heart of Ajaccio, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Port de Plaisance Charles Ornano, Chapelle Imperiale, and Musee Fesch. Hotel de Ville and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (300 reviews)

"Staff was very nice and the room was fabulous with an excellent view."…"

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2019

Mercure Ajaccio Centre

Popular places to visit in Ajaccio

Musee Fesch
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Musee Fesch

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Look through one of the world’s largest collections of Italian paintings in this elegant museum established by Napoleon Bonaparte’s uncle.

Ajaccio Cathedral
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Ajaccio Cathedral

4/5(6 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Ajaccio when you take a trip to Ajaccio Cathedral. While you're in the area, stroll along the beautiful beaches.

Top things to do in Ajaccio

Castelsardo & Tempio Pausania From Olbia - Costa Smeralda
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Castelsardo & Tempio Pausania From Olbia - Costa Smeralda

$427
Per adult
Ajaccio e-bike loop along turquoise waters
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Ajaccio e-bike loop along turquoise waters

$40
Per adult
GRANITE & WINE OF GALLURA (North East Sardinia)
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GRANITE & WINE OF GALLURA (North East Sardinia)

$323
Per adult
Alghero From Olbia - Costa Smeralda
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Alghero From Olbia - Costa Smeralda

$446
Per adult
Bonifacio - Excursion From Sardinia
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Bonifacio - Excursion From Sardinia

$436
Per adult
Tour Of Olbia + Typical Sardinian Dinner
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Tour Of Olbia + Typical Sardinian Dinner

$369
Per adult