Why choose a cruise to Ajaccio?

An Ajaccio cruise takes you to the mountainous island of Corsica, known for its rugged coastline and forest-clad peaks. The charming capital city is brimming with character, from its historic old town lined with cafés to its picturesque promenade bustling with activity.

Ajaccio’s claim to fame is that it’s the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, and the famous French Emperor can be felt everywhere, from his childhood-home-turned-museum to the many monuments dotted around the city.

colourful buildings in Ajaccio

A guide to Ajaccio’s hotspots

Ajaccio’s main appeal is its historic core, dominated by the 16th-century citadel which serves as a military base. Explore the winding streets and discover baroque churches, pastel-coloured houses and boutique shops around every corner.

History buffs won’t want to miss Napoleon’s childhood home, now the Place Bonaparte Museum, or the Notre-Dame Cathedral where he was baptised. Elsewhere, the Musee Fesch – a 19th-century palace founded by Napoleon’s uncle – has many Renaissance paintings by esteemed artists such as Botticelli.

To really get a feel for the port city, spend some time on the waterfront. Go for a stroll along the palm-fringed boardwalk, or kick back on one of the benches and watch the comings and goings of the cruise ships and boats. If you fancy a bite to eat, you can take your pick from the al fresco restaurants along the bay.

One of the main attractions of an Ajaccio cruise is the chance to explore Corsica’s coast. Beachwise, Plage du Ricanto and Porticcio, just east of the city centre, are ideal for a relaxing day in the sun. Heading west, there are several sandy beaches that conclude at the Pointe de la Parata – a hiker’s haven with stunning sunset views of the crimson-coloured Bloody Islands.

Ajaccio Beach

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Ajaccio

Marella Cruises

Fred.olsen Cruise Lines

MSC Cruises

Seabourn Cruises

P&O Cruises

Celebrity Cruises

The best time to visit Ajaccio

Ajaccio enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot, dry summers. The busiest time for cruise liners is in July and August, when temperatures regularly reach the high 20s. Popular cultural events in the city’s calendar include the Jazz Festival in June and the Napoleon Festival in August, with parades and fireworks.

Due to its sheltered position, Ajaccio maintains a pleasant climate throughout the year. Although some rain can be expected during the winter months, the crowds are much thinner, giving you the chance to enjoy a more relaxed, peaceful side to the city and island.

ajaccio sea defence and lighthouse

Did you know?

  • Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio in 1769, and the city has many places and streets named after him
  • In the 19th century, Ajaccio was a popular winter resort for English high society
  • Corsica’s climate and landscapes make it ideal for wine-making
  • Typical island cuisine includes cheese, pork and honey
  • Corsica is home to more than 200 beaches and 1,000km of coastline