Ajaccio's greatest claim to fame is Napoleon Bonaparte who was born here in 1769. There are numerous museums and an impressive monument dedicated to Ajaccio's hero, and on August 15th every year the town celebrates his birthday in style. Ajaccio is a pleasant town to discover with narrow shaded streets leading to boulevards and small parks, with a beach that is backed by a tree-lined promenade. It has relaxed feel, with an exceptionally mild climate, and a wealth of cafés, restaurants and shops.
The port bustles with activity and if you wander along the quayside to the Jetee de la Citadelle you'll be rewarded with great views of the town, marina and the Golfe d'Ajaccio. From the dock you'll also be able to hop on a boat to the stunning Iles Sanguinaires, which - seen from the shores of Ajaccio - turn red as the sun sets (hence the name Bloody Islands). The daily market in the old town of Ajaccio makes an ideal opportunity to indulge yourself, and try some of the many fine pastries, cheeses and liquors on sale here.