Holidaymakers with a passion for the Mediterranean may like to travel to the resort of Ajaccio. This is a beautiful place located on the south side of the island of Corsica, which is off the South coast of France. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, apartments and B&Bs.
Corsica has some delightful beaches ideal for families and couples looking to relax in the sun including in and around Ajaccio. Various watersports can be tried here too with diving and swimming particularly popular as well as wind surfing, water skiing and sailing. With so many fantastic views and things to see there are many hiking trails on offer here, and holidaymakers can also cycle or go horse riding.
Further south there is an 18-hole course regarded as one of the best in Europe and there are a few nine-hole courses on the island as well. For the adventurous holidaymaker there are opportunities to try canyoning and climbing. Fishing is also popular here with the waters around the south of the island teeming with fish, while freshwater fishing is also permitted on Corsica’s rivers.
There are plenty of shops in Ajaccio for tourists to buy gifts and souvenirs as well as delicatessens for self catering holidaymakers to buy food. The farmer's market, on weekends has stalls selling clothing, crafts, fruit and vegetables as well as Corsican cheeses and meat products. Numerous restaurants, bars and cafes are to be found in Ajaccio as well.
There are many museums to visit in Ajaccio including the A Bandera Museum, the Fesch Museum and the Museum of the Capitellu. There is plenty of history around the island and visitors here may also like to go to Bonaparte House. Other places of interest in the area include the Imperial Chapel, the Cathedral and the Cave of the Casone. Ferry services take visitors from Ajaccio to Marseilles, Nice and Toulon on mainland France as well as Genoa in Italy.
Corsica has a long holiday season with hot sun early in the season, although the sea doesn’t warm up until early June. The sea remains warm enough for comfortable swimming through to mid October. The hottest time of the year in Corsica is July and August when the average high temperature is 29 to 30 degrees centigrade. July also sees an average of 12 hours of sunshine per day. The island is generally dry between May and September, with bursts of heavy rain generally in March and November.
Campo dell’Oro Airport is situated 5km east of the harbour of Ajaccio and has flights to various destinations on the French mainland and other European cities. Air France has flights to Paris-Orly, Lyon, Marseille and Nice. They also take passengers to and from Barcelona, Basel, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Geneva, Lille, Metz/Nancy, Strasbourg and Toulouse during the holiday season. Also during the holiday season, easyJet have flights to Geneva, London-Gatwick and Paris-Charles de Gaulle, while Transavia fly to and from Amsterdam. Taxis are available outside the arrivals hall and there are several car rental firms operating here.