The island's capital, situated at the Gulf of the same name, owes its existence to the harbor, which it faces entirely. The city is home to 60,000 inhabitants. It had been founded by the Romans, but experienced a renaissance under the Genoese occupation. Large spaces and classical magnificent buildings dominate the cityscape. The palm-lined promenade, the ancient yet bustling district of Borgo and the street cafes beyond the Citadel are worth a wander. The most famous of all its citizens – Napoleon – is present at every turn: whether as a statue, in a museum or as souvenir.
Corsican postcard idyll
The Iles Sanguinaires in the west of the Gulf of Ajaccio are a paradise for sea birds and dolphins. When the evening sun bathes the tiny archipelago in a bright red light, they live up to their name – “Blood Islands”. During the summer months, boat trips are offered from the port of Tino Rossi. On the westernmost and largest island, which is after all more than one kilometre long, a lighthouse provides postcard photos. From the Genoese tower La Parata you can see the islands lined up like pearls.