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Make a holiday in Ajaccio your home away from home

Ajaccio's chief claim to fame is its status as the home town of Napoleon Bonaparte, quite possibly the most important figure in the history of France, if not the whole of Europe. This isn't the only reason to rent apartments and villas in Ajaccio however: the sheer beauty of the place, as well as its convenient geography halfway up Corsica's west coast, means it has far more to offer than a birthplace oddity. Though HomeAway offers holiday homes throughout Corsica, Ajaccio rentals offer some of the most diverse holiday opportunities: mostly found near the sea, if not by the beach, they still provide proximity to the mountains – activities like hiking and biking are always available, but so is the chance to sail, swim and sunbathe.

Ajaccio accommodation is probably not the best choice for poolside sun worshippers, as only a handful of properties feature one, typically because the convenience of the coast usually negates the need. Fishing is for this reason a popular pastime in the resort, and there are many opportunities to cast a line. Tennis and golf fans are also catered to at the majority of HomeAway's villas in Ajaccio, but only about a third welcome children, and even fewer are equipped with the facilities for wheelchairs due to their rural nature.

Things to do

Beaches: Rocky headlands and sandy coves share the coast in both directions from Ajaccio self catering, with more than 20 beaches available in the bay itself. These can fill up quickly in the high season, however, so roaming further afield in a hire car is a definite advantage. There are bus stops all along the coast, but public transport on Corsica is notoriously unreliable.

Nightlife: Ajaccio has a fairly adult, refined nightlife, distinct in its lack of Jaeger bomb races and the like. The focus of socialising tends to be the cafés and restaurants rather than ear-pounding bars and frenzied nightclubs. There is a casino open until 4am, but it does require patrons to dress 'appropriately'.

Outdoor pursuits: The usual suite of watersports are available from outlets around the bay to take care of any water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, and diving needs. Tennis and golf are equally well represented, and excursions into the mountains are easy to arrange, whether on foot, bike, horse or 4x4.

Shopping: Ajaccio offers Corsica's most exclusive shopping experience to cater to the sailing clientele, but saying that doesn't mean much, as it consists of little more than a few boutique stores. There are standouts, however, such as the Boulangerie Galeani for baked confectionary and U Stazzu for charcuterie. Ajaccio also has one of Corsica's best food markets.

Culture: Though the imposing 15th-century citadel dominates the town, it's sadly off limits to the general public. The cathedral however, isn't, and contains Napoleon's baptismal font. Napoleon's family home is now, of course, a museum. Other museums include the Musee a Bandera exploring the history of Corsica and the Palais Fesch for must-see Italian art.

Weather in Ajaccio

Average sunshine per day throughout the year is 7.5 hours, which tells you all you need to know about the climate: sunny and hot during the summer; sunny and mild during the winter. Average max temps during the summer are around 27-28°C, with winter seeing 13-14°C. Most of the rain falls in October and November.

Travel to Ajaccio

Most flight carriers service Bastia in the far north of the island, 75 miles away, but EasyJet does fly directly to Ajaccio from the UK. Otherwise, a connection will have to be made via another European airport. For non-direct flights, Figari is also an option at 80 miles away. Driving is actually an option thanks to the ferries from the French mainland, Nice, Toulon and Marseille all offering options directly into Ajaccio's ferry port, though driving all the way through France does take a couple of days.

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                                                              Recent Reviews

                                                              A lovely relaxing villa

                                                              5 of 5
                                                              Great property, we were well looked after by Sabella and had a fantastic stay. Highly recommended.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                              Fantastic location, place and house

                                                              5 of 5
                                                              Beautiful house! Perfect for our group of 10 people! Fantastic location by the sea including facilities on the beach as well as nice restaurants nearby. No need for us to travel into the city. Everything in place at site! And of course the island is beautiful as well. We did golf and hiking as well as a full day boat trip to the nearby islands.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                              Even exceeds expectations

                                                              5 of 5
                                                              It is a splendid house and setting. In June 2009, the garden was exquisite. There were many large hydrangeas, some with rose, lavender, and blue blossoms on the same bush. Each corner of the house was covered with a different flowering vine. The dining room captures a stunning view of a hillside rock garden of natural boulders and trees with driftwood-like trunks. (They shelter a hammock and conversation area.) The master bath has a large, beautiful view of the path to the back gate. The entire garden around the house can be lit at night. ** The house is set on a hillside, on two levels: the upper has the master suite, living/dining/kitchen and decks; the lower, three ensuite bedrooms facing the sea with direct access to the garden and pool. (Also below is a 4th ensuite bedroom to the back with a small window, and a small bedroom with no bath.) At night, we could lie in bed with the sliding doors open to the fresh air and the view of the necklace of lights across the bay. The house is in a neighborhood of houses but very private with only one contiguous lot, down below. There are electric shutters, awnings, and pool cover. There is an outdoor grill at the pool level and secondary kitchen facilities nearby. Four cars can be parked on site. Everywhere, the views are breathtaking. These photos don’t lie. ** The house is appointed with lovely antiques from Burgundy. It is also fully and thoughtfully equipped with quality bed, bath, and beach linens, and china and cookware. ** Topping it all off is how nice the owners are, wanting to be sure we knew where to shop and get gas and how to operate everything in the house. They were available by phone for any problem. They left a book detailing all the restaurant, shopping, transportation, and sporting options in the area. We needed a doctor for a sprained ankle and the book told us exactly whom to call. In making the business arrangement, they were responsive, clear, and kept it simple. ** Each day, we were torn: whether to stay home or go exploring. At home, we could walk down an oleander-lined route to swim off the rocks in the crystal-clear sea. If we explored, we could seek out old towns in the mountains, the 16th-century Genoese watch towers on each promontory, ancient archeological sites, beautiful hiking trails, and could reach Corte or Bonafacio in 2 to 2.5 hours. On the coast or inland, the views are extraordinary with every turn in the road, and the island is unspoiled by development. Superb!
                                                              • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2009
                                                              • Date of Stay: Jun 2009