Ajaccio

Ajaccio is the capital and largest town on the island of Corsica, to the southeast of Marseille. Due to its favoured position it enjoys a fine climate of hot, dry summers and mild winters. Ajaccio can trace its history back to the 7th century, and was probably in existence much earlier. It is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. Indeed, Casa Buonoparte, the ancestral family home, was declared a national museum and is open to the public. You can even see the room in which the future emperor was born in 1769. Ajaccio offers many attractions. You can go windsurfing, dinghy or catamaran sailing, explore the narrow, winding streets of the old town, or unwind at one of the waterside pavement cafes. One of Europe's finest golf courses is nearby. Close to the town can be found plenty of secluded little coves and beaches for a tranquil sea and sand holiday.

You will find a pleasingly wide choice of hotels in Ajaccio to suit all budgets. You might choose an apartment at the Sun Beach, which has an outdoor swimming pool, its own restaurant, and easy access to the key sites of interest in Ajaccio. The Best Western Premiere Hotel Dolce Vita is ideal for a beach holiday. A sophisticated waterfront hotel offering delightful views from its apartment rooms. Perhaps you might choose an apartment in the Hotel Sofitel Golf, a sea and spa hotel with a private beach, and spa and massage facilities, steam room and sauna. The 4 star Palazzu U Domo is close to the beach so you won't have far to travel from the comfort of your apartment. This charming Baroque style building has been recently renovated and combines old world charm with modern sophistication

No trip to Ajaccio would be complete without taking advantage of the superb opportunities for scuba diving or snorkeling afforded by the some of the Mediterranean's clearest and cleanest waters. Here are sunken wrecks, gardens of coral, and the haunts of exotic marine life to explore. The 16th century cathedral where Napoleon was baptised is also well worth a visit. Don't forget to sample the local speciality dishes, Cannelloni al Brocciu, and the delicious form of cheesecake called fiadone.