Basking in the Mediterranean sun south of France and west of Italy lies the enigmatic island of Corsica. At first glance, Corsica’s glittering bays and resort towns feel reminiscent of many other renowned seaside towns in the Mediterranean, but look a little further and you’ll find something entirely different.
I don’t remember the exact moment I first dreamed of visiting Corsica some years ago, but I do remember the exact instant I fell in love with the island. Upon setting foot on Corsica’s shores in the Gulf of Ajaccio back in the early Autumn of last year, the very first thing that struck me was Corsica’s astounding geographical diversity, and just how quickly the topography of the island changed.
This is what really sets Corsica apart from the rest of the Mediterranean and what convinced me from the very moment of our inevitable departure that we would definitely return again some day. Next time, we will hire a car and spend five or so days zipping around the coast line and delving into the island’s wild interior. This time though, it was all about the beautiful seaside town of Ajaccio.
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Discover Corsican goodies at the farmer’s market
It was a sunny Mediterranean morning that we arrived in the bay. The harbour glistened a stunning sapphire blue as we made our way towards the pretty market square and the farmer’s market in the centre of town. Quaint and colourful, this market is stacked with great local specialities like fig, myrtle or plum liqueur, spicy Corsican sausage, maize and honey cakes, pungent cheeses and delicious Corsican wine. Held at Place Foch and open Tuesday to Sunday from 7am to 1pm, this gorgeous market is bursting with Corsican goodies and mustn’t be missed!
Explore the Old Town
A cluster of ancient streets that centre around Place Foch, the Old Town is a very picturesque part of Ajaccio. Here you will find gorgeous Mediterranean-style buildings in mellow colours and narrow, tree-lined streets, that open out to the seafront and gorgeous marina. A great spot for a wander and a coffee in the sunshine.
Frolick at the beach
St Francois Beach is less than a 10 minute walk from Place Foch and is a beautiful spot to take a dip and bask in the gorgeous Mediterranean sunshine.
Visit the 15th Century Citadel
Overlooking the sea, the imposing military fortress not only provides a little insight into Corsican history but also some stunning water views.