Attractions

Top Choice Nature Reserve in Porto

Réserve Naturelle de Scandola

The jewel of the Golfe de Porto World Heritage site, the Réserve Naturelle de Scandola extends both above and below the water, from the russet-hued cliffs down to their submarine counterparts. With no road or trail …
Museum in Ajaccio

Maison Bonaparte

Unremarkable from the outside, the old-town house where Napoléon was born and spent his first nine years was ransacked by Corsican nationalists in 1793, requisitioned by English troops from 1794 to 1796, and eventua…
Gallery in Ajaccio

Palais Fesch – Musée des Beaux-Arts

Established by Napoléon’s uncle, cardinal Joseph Fesch (1763–1839), Ajaccio’s superb art museum holds the largest French collection of Italian paintings outside the Louvre. Masterpieces by Titian, Fra Bartolomeo, Ve…
Beach in Ajaccio

Plage de Porticcio

Dedicated beach bums generally prefer the sands of Porticcio to Ajaccio's busy city beaches. It’s 15km by road around the bay from Ajaccio, or 6km straight across the water, a route served by a 20-minute ferry six t…
Tower in Porto

Genoese Tower

Follow the stairway up the tiny headland in the centre of the port – a jumble of red-tinged boulders – to reach the sturdy little Genoese watchtower, which commands dramatic views of Porto, the coast and the mountai…
Church in Cargèse

Église St-Spyridon

Cargèse’s Greek community had been established in the village for 150 years by the time they erected this Greek Orthodox church, between 1868 and 1874. Inside, it holds a gilded iconostasis – the screen separating t…
Cathedral in Ajaccio

Cathédrale Ste-Marie

Surprisingly small but in a commanding position facing out to sea, Ajaccio’s ochre-coloured cathedral dates from the 16th century. As well as a depiction of the Virgin of the Sacred Heart by Eugène Delacroix (1798–1…
Port in Porto

Waterfront

Porto’s main sights are clustered around the harbour. Once you’ve climbed the higgledy-piggledy headland up to the Genoese tower, stroll round to the bustling marina, from where an arched footbridge crosses the estu…
Chapel in Ajaccio

Chapelle Impériale

The crypt of the imperial chapel, across the courtyard from the Palais Fesch, holds the tombs of Napoléon's parents and several other relatives. Don't expect to find the man himself, though – he’s buried in Les Inva…
Fortress in Ajaccio

Citadel

Constructed on the rocky headland during the 16th century, the imposing military fortress that adjoins old Ajaccio still belongs to the army. It has been vacant for years, but remains off limits to visitors, so you …