Things to do in Ajaccio

Our most recommended things to do in Ajaccio

From Ajaccio/Porticcio:Ajaccio & Sanguinaires Gulf Boat Tour

1. From Ajaccio/Porticcio:Ajaccio & Sanguinaires Gulf Boat Tour

Embark on a boat tour and take in sights along the north shore of Ajaccio, including the Tino Rossi house, the Greek chapel, the Marin cemetery and the Citadel. See the Parata tower and the Sanguinaires islands, a Natura 2000 site. During the tour, enjoy commentary about Ajaccio Bay and the history of the city. Stop at Mezumare, the largest island in the Sanguinaires archipelago, accessible only by boat. The island is home to a number of rare animal species. Enjoy a 1-hour stopover for a swim, or for a walk to the Alphonse Daudet lighthouse and semaphore. You'll also see the ruins of the Lazaretto, used by coral fishermen, in quarantine after returning from Africa.

From Ajaccio: Sanguinaires Islands Boat Trip With Aperitif

2. From Ajaccio: Sanguinaires Islands Boat Trip With Aperitif

Watch the sunset from one of Corsica's best locations on this boat trip departing from Ajaccio. Take in the beautiful Sanguinaires Islands from the water and enjoy the chance to explore Mezzu Mare, the largest one. Sip on a glass of wine and snack on a charcuterie board as you ride. Board your speedboat in Ajaccio and set sail for Mezzu Mare, where you will drop anchor. Stroll around the island and come across a 19th-century lighthouse providing panoramic views of the entire archipelago. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters or relax on the beach. Hop back on the boat for a delicious aperitif. Taste a charcuterie board served with Corsican rosé wine. Admire the vibrant colors in the sky as the sun sets over the Mediterranean Sea. Finally, take a scenic ride back to the port.

From Ajaccio: Scandola Reserve Boat Tour with Girolata Visit

3. From Ajaccio: Scandola Reserve Boat Tour with Girolata Visit

Discover the most beautiful landscapes of western Corsica: Calanques de Piana, Capo Rosso, Girolata, and to finish in style: the visit of the sublime Scandola Nature Reserve. On this almost inaccessible peninsula, the rocks forged by water and wind have taken on intriguing, almost supernatural shapes, reinforced by the red tone of the cliffs. Your sea trip begins in Ajaccio accompanied by your captain. Well settled in your boat, enjoy the sumptuous landscapes during this boat tour punctuated by the comments of your captain. History of the region, anecdotes, legends and other explanations on the surrounding flora and fauna as well as on the geology. Discover the highlights of western Corsica by going first to the famous Calanques de Piana, a place listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site The Scandola Nature Reserve is home to many species of protected plants and birds such as golden eagles, peregrine falcons and the iconic osprey. It's hard to resist the urge to discover this wild and unspoiled nature, aspiring to rock structures in the caldera, a remnant of very old volcanic eruptions or undulating under pure, crystalline water. The Scandola reserve is a natural marvel both maritime and land listed, of course, in the heritage of Unesco. Here, nature has dictated its law, giving the rocks their specific shape and letting the flora flourish freely. The fauna is not left out in the Scandola reserve. As ospreys spread their wings in search of their next prey, gulls squirm and squawk. At sea, groupers, red mullets, and other moray eels form an incessant ballet, an intriguing and captivating spectacle that your skipper will be delighted to introduce you to. Your sea trip to visit the Scandola Reserve by boat and the must-see places in western Corsica Embark on board and head to Scandola for a magical ride. Your Captain will share with you his love for Corsica and the nature reserve of Scandola, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ajaccio/Porticcio: Scandola and Calanches de Piana Day Trip

4. Ajaccio/Porticcio: Scandola and Calanches de Piana Day Trip

Embark on a day trip from Ajaccio or Porticcio and take a boat to explore the Scandola Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stopping in Girolata for a break. Then visit the Calanche di Piana and stop for a quick swim in the sea at Capo Rosso. Choose to start your tour of Corsica's UNESCO-listed Scandola Reserve from either Ajaccio or Porticcio. Hop on a boat, and set out to explore the Corsican coastline, with the village of Girolata as your first port of call. This small medieval village is surrounded by the wild landscapes of Corsica and can only be reached by boat or on foot. Explore the village at your leisure and enjoy lunch at one of the local eateries (cost not included). Then, hop back aboard your boat and set out to sea, crossing the Gulf of Porto to visit the Calanche di Piana. From here, make your way to Capo Rosso and go for a dip in the Tyrrhenian Sea. As your tour comes to an end, sit back, relax, and enjoy the panoramic views as your boat cruises back to Ajaccio or Porticcio.

E-Bike Self-Guided Tour Loop Ajaccio Along Turquoise Waters

5. E-Bike Self-Guided Tour Loop Ajaccio Along Turquoise Waters

From the Tourist Office in the downtown area, collect your Peugeot high-end e-bike, equipped with a Bosch engine. With the help of the e-bike you can visit the Napoleonic sites, the old town, the Sanguinaires Islands, and the wonderful bay of Capo di Feno. You will then return to the Tourist Office via an inland route and along the Saint Antoine road pass. In just three and a half hours you can discover many sites on the island, including Bonaparte’s house where Napoleon was born and spent his youth. Beyond the downtown area, you can visit the Parata Genoese tower for a great panoramic view on the Sanguinaires Islands and then continue on to the beautiful beaches of Grand Capo and Petit Capo.

Ajaccio: Guided Scandola Nature Reserve Boat Tour

6. Ajaccio: Guided Scandola Nature Reserve Boat Tour

Be one with nature on this guided boat tour of the Scandola and Capo Rosso reserves. Swim in blue waters and discover natural caves and majestic cliffs. Head to the island of Cargalo with your guide and continue through the cathedral fault. Swim in turquoise waters while your appetizer of cold meats and rosé wine from Corsica is prepared. At noon, arrive at Girolata, a fishing village built around an 18th-century fortress accessible only by sea. The boat will sail again at 2 pm towards the Gulf of Porto for another swimming break at Anse Ficaghjola, a village overlooking a beach. Then, proceed to the Calanques of Piana, a geological jewel with cliffs and caves. Upon reaching the natural pool of Capo Rosso, dive in its crystal clear waters. Enjoy a final swim at the Cala di Pala Cove where you can also jump off diving boards of different heights. You will continue with your memorable boat ride until your return, leaving you with unforgettable memories.

From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Sanguinaires Islands Sunset Tour

7. From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Sanguinaires Islands Sunset Tour

Visit the bay of Ajaccio with a stopover on the main island of Iles Sanguinaires Mezzu Mare. Enjoy a tasting of Corsican wine and charcuterie at sunset with commentary from the captain on the legends of the Iles Sanguinaires archipelago. Meet your captain and board a unique vessel favored not only by the army and the police, but also narco-traffickers. Known for its speed and overall robustness, discover an adventure aboard a boat designed to take on all kinds of weather and conditions. Hear the tales of woe and extraordinaire from your captain as you ride the 4X4 of the seas toward the Iles Sanguinaires archipelago. Take in the gorgeous natural scenery and get into the adventure.

Ajaccio: Day Trip Boat Tour to Bonifacio

8. Ajaccio: Day Trip Boat Tour to Bonifacio

Explore the best of Bonifacio from the sea and land on this boat tour from Ajaccio or Porticcio. Swim in the sea and experience the Lavezzi islands and cliffs of Bonifacio. Board the boat in Ajaccio or Porticcio and head to your first stop, the emblematic Lion of Roccapina, a superb natural sculpture of a lion formed in the rocks. Here, take a dip in the warm and crystal-clear waters of the beach. Once back on board, sit down to a charcuterie tasting board and sip a glass of local rosé wine. Continue to the Lavezzi Islands and cool down with a dip in the sea before heading to the Piantarella Lagoon, Corsica's largest natural swimming pool. Next, head to Bonifacio and enjoy some free time for lunch at a local restaurant or explore the town on foot. Finally, make your way back to Ajaccio. Stop for a swim at one of the picturesque beaches along the way or dive into the sea at Anse de Cacao.  

Ajaccio or Porticcio: Sanguinaires Isles Sunset Boat Tour

9. Ajaccio or Porticcio: Sanguinaires Isles Sunset Boat Tour

The rugged coastline of the Sanguinaires Islands will come alive as you explore it with a local guide. Learn the history of the area as your guide points out lighthouses, semaphores, and Genoese towers in the distance. Learn some history about maritime navigation and fishing and hear stories of the 16th-century merchants who knew this area as the Sagonares Isolae. The Gulf of Ajaccio is home to 100 islands and you will explore the four islets that make up the Sanguinaire archipelago: Mezzu Mare, Arghja, Oca and Islet di Porri. Discover a protected area and see how nature has retaken its shores. At the end of the tour, watch the sun dip below the horizon before returning to the port in the comfort of a 1050 horsepower speedboat.

From Ajaccio: Lavezzi Islands & Bonifacio Caves Boat Tour

10. From Ajaccio: Lavezzi Islands & Bonifacio Caves Boat Tour

Venture beyond Ajaccio to the Lavezzi Islands archipelago and historic Bonifacio on a full-day tour, including boat transportation and a local guide. Explore the lagoons of the Lavezzi islands, marvel at the caves and steep cliffs of Bouches de Bonifacio, and wander the beaches of Plage de Tivella. Begin your tour with a boat ride from Ajaccio to the Lavezzi Islands archipelago, a collection of granite islands known for their rugged terrain, aquamarine waters, coral reefs, and numerous lagoons. Continue your tour to the Bonifacio to explore the 9th-century city or relax with a long lunch. While in Bonifacio, visit a medieval clifftop citadel or visit the Bastion de L'Etendard museum or L’Escalier du Roi d’Aragon, a 187-step staircase carved into the cliff. Continue to Bonifacio National Park to hike, explore caves, or swim at the Plage de Tivella before heading back to Ajaccio.

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What people are saying about Ajaccio

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,526 reviews

The visit was nice the walk was not too long but we were able to take some nice pictures the guides served us a friendly aperitif but what I preferred was when we left with this magnificent sunset and Corsican songs

We loved being able to go at our own pace. The electric bikes were great, and the trip to "the tower" was delightful. Things got a little "hairy" in town with the traffic, but we were able to navigate it.

Was a really nice experience! Just the boat trip in itself was quite an experience, as well as discovering the island at your own pace & seeing a sunset on the water!

It was an amazing experience. Right from pick up to dune bashing belly dancing and almost everything else in the activity. Good job by the entire team. Keep it up.

Beautiful boat-trip! The moment of the sunset including the music was amazing. The boat is quite fast :-)