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St. François Beach

Enjoy the hot Mediterranean weather on this beach nestled between bars, shops and landmarks in the center of town.

With its central location, St. François Beach is the ideal spot to unwind after an afternoon of sightseeing. The scenic stretch of sand is the most popular area for sunbathing and swimming in Ajaccio. Admire inspiring views of the Mediterranean Sea and parts of the city’s skyline.

Walk down the steps from the boulevard to get to the narrow beach. Sunbathe on the sand to deepen your tan. Cool down in the blue-green water, which is surprisingly clean given its proximity to the center of the city. The calm water is safe for families with young children.

Lean back against the stone wall separating the beach from the boulevard. Sit with a book and relax in the shimmering sunshine. 

The sandy beach is a popular spot for picnics. Purchase local ingredients, including chorizo, cheese and wine, from the market at nearby Place Foch and take your treats down to the beach.

Capture photos of the sparkling sea with its varied shades of blue. Due to the curved landscape, you can enjoy views of the Ajaccio skyline with many white villas dotted around the mountains. 

Spot the stunning Blood Islands (Les Isles Sanguinaires) in the distance to the southwest. See how they seem to turn crimson red as the day turns to dusk. Watch the sunset and enjoy the changing colors of the sky.

At the end of the sandy beach is a long strip of small white rocks. Stroll along the adjoining boulevard next to a row of palm trees. Explore the boutiques and dine at one of the many bars and restaurants with views of the sea.

St. François Beach is a short walk from the port in the heart of Ajaccio. Stroll past the Ajaccio Cathedral and the Place du Général de Gaulle to reach the beach. Several buses stop along the adjacent boulevard. Most of the other beaches are a short taxi ride outside the city center.


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Hotel Napoleon $89
Hotel Napoleon

Hotel Napoleon

4 rue Lorenzo Vero BP 28, Ajaccio, Corse-du-Sud
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 km) away. Ajaccio Station is 11 minutes by foot.

    Hotel Fesch $97
    Hotel Fesch

    Hotel Fesch

    7 rue Cardinal Fesch, Ajaccio, Corse-du-Sud
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Hotel de Ville, Chapelle Imperiale, and Place Foch. Musee Fesch and National Museum of the Bonaparte Residence are also within 5 minutes. Ajaccio Station is 10 minutes by foot.

      Mercure Ajaccio Centre $103
      Mercure Ajaccio Centre

      Mercure Ajaccio Centre

      115 Cours Napoleon, Ajaccio, Corse-du-Sud
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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 Place Foch are also within 1 mi (2 km). Ajaccio Station is 8 minutes by foot.

        Campo Dell'Oro $121
        Campo Dell'Oro

        Campo Dell'Oro

        Plage du Ricanto, BP 60996, Ajaccio, Corse-du-Sud
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          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. Musee Fesch and Hotel de Ville are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Hôtel Castel Vecchio $109
          Hôtel Castel Vecchio

          Hôtel Castel Vecchio

          7 Rue Paul Colonna D Istria, Ajaccio, Corse-du-Sud
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Port de Plaisance Charles Ornano, Chapelle Imperiale, and Musee Fesch. Hotel de Ville and Place Foch are also within 2 mi (3 km). Ajaccio Station is 12 minutes by foot.

            Parvi 2/4 Hlöä 100 m Keskustan Rannalta, Autotalli $101
            Parvi 2/4 Hlöä 100 m Keskustan Rannalta, Autotalli

            Parvi 2/4 Hlöä 100 m Keskustan Rannalta, Autotalli

            Ajaccio, Corsica
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Ajaccio, this beachfront apartment building is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of St. Francois Beach, Ajaccio Cathedral, and Casino Municipal. Maison Bonaparte and National Museum of the Bonaparte Residence are also within 5 minutes. Ajaccio Station is 14 minutes by foot.

              Apartment Ajaccio, 3 Bedrooms, 8 Persons
              Apartment Ajaccio, 3 Bedrooms, 8 Persons

              Apartment Ajaccio, 3 Bedrooms, 8 Persons

              Ajaccio, Corsica
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Ajaccio, this apartment building is steps from Casino Municipal, St. Francois Beach, and Place de Gaulle. Ajaccio Cathedral and Maison Bonaparte are also within 5 minutes. Ajaccio Station is 14 minutes by foot.

                Appartements Roi de Rome
                Appartements Roi de Rome

                Appartements Roi de Rome

                5 Boulevard Fred Scamaroni, Ajaccio, Corsica
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Ajaccio, this beach apartment building is steps from National Museum of the Bonaparte Residence, Maison Bonaparte, and Place Foch. Hotel de Ville and Ajaccio Cathedral are also within 5 minutes. Ajaccio Station is 14 minutes by foot.