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As the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte - whose unbridled ambition would drive him to rule and conquer a huge swathe of Europe - it’s clear that Ajaccio is a city that punches well above its weight. The famously diminutive leader was born here in 1769 - and while he was actually 5 ft 6, not 5 ft 2, as was once believed - a stay in Ajaccio certainly won’t leave you feeling short-changed. Enjoy milky blue seas, golden sands, and castle-studded scenery, as you explore Corsica’s sun-blessed capital - which channels the relaxed, classy vibe of the Rivieras.

Things to see

Ajaccio’s Fesch Museum houses one of the best collections of fine art in France, and you can browse extraordinary works from Italian masters - like Botticelli - before viewing depictions of Ajaccio’s famous son, traversing Europe, and spreading the values of the French Revolution. It’s easy to miss the blue shutters, and peach coloured walls of Maison Bonaparte - as you stroll along the narrow Rue St Charles - but be sure to stop off and see the house where Bonaparte was born and raised. The relatively humble setting makes his meteoric rise to the very peak of European domination even more mind blowing. Drag yourself away from the museums and beaches of the city, to find some of Corsica’s most spectacular scenery, and the green mountain slopes that cascade down to the shores of Lac du Tolla. Watch the sun bouncing off the water’s ripples, as you get your breath back following a hike through the thick woodland, or strap on your water-skis and hold on tight, as you rocket across the smooth surface. Back in the city, slow the pace with an aromatic coffee in the sun, while relaxing in one of Place de Gaulle’s humming cafes. You’ll enjoy a scenic view of the ocean at one end of this central square, while sitting in the shadow of a mighty statue of Napoleon on horseback.

Hotels in Ajaccio

Forget the alarm clock, in Ajaccio, you can wake to the gentle tooting of an ocean going vessel, heading out on another adventure. A spectacular view of the water can be the first thing you see after blinking awake in the morning, as ocean views flood in through your huge windows. Grab a plate from the breakfast buffet, before enjoying it on the balcony, and looking down over ports filled with gleaming white yachts, and tiny wooden fishing boats. Cool off with a refreshing dip in the water of your rooftop swimming pool at your Ajaccio hotel, or by relaxing with some in-room WiFi.

Where to stay

Stay in the city’s Old Town, close to Place Marechal Foch, to wander between pastel-coloured houses that glow in the sunshine, and adopt the locals’ routine of relaxed morning coffees. If you still haven’t had your fill of Napoleon, stay close to Place d'Austerlitzfind. The sound of the waves jostling will fill your ears, as you climb the sharp bank of steps up to a magnificent statue of the man himself. If it’s time for some beach action, head straight for Agosta Beach, where a gorgeous sweep of white sand gives revellers more than enough room to spread out and swim in the warm waves.

How to get to Ajaccio

Ferries sail to the island’s main city from French destinations including Toulon, Marseilles, and Nice - as well as Porto Torres in Sardinia. Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport also offers seasonal flights to European destinations like the UK, Belgium, and Italy. Trains aren’t particularly frequent, but they offer a jaw-dropping way to see the island, and travel between places like Corte, Bastia, and Calvi.