By Johanna the 14/06/2020
The Ajaccian country consists of two Communities in Communes: the Celavu Prunelli which includes the villages of the Vallée du Prunelli with for example Bastelica, Bastelicaccia, Tolla or Ocana and the communes of Celavu such as Bocognano, Carbuccia, Ucciani or Tavera, and the Ajaccian country with of course Ajaccio and its perched villages overhanging the sea like Alata, Appietto, or Villanova ad those of the mountain like Cuttoli Corticchiato, Tavera, Sarrola Carcopino, Tavaco or even Vero.
The Ajaccian country, is quite obviously Ajaccio. Imperial city where Emperor Napoleon was born. Here everything is devoted to it, the streets, the Museum, the public squares, it even has Playmobiles and a line of clothing in its name! Ajaccio is also its commercial port which enjoys a privileged place in the Mediterranean, with its old port, its fishermen and its restaurants, its covered market and its small producers. The imperial city is likewise commercial arteries and small quarters where everyone knows each other and mingles. Finally, Ajaccio is the route of the Sanguinaires and its famous beaches: Marinella, dear to Tino Rossi, Macumba, the Palm Beach or even Barbicaja and behind, Capo di Feno and its surfers. The beaches of the Gulf of Ajaccio, sheltered by violent winds, constitutes a favoured spot for all nautical activities with soft mobility: paddle-boarding, ocean kayaking, sail boarding and other kite surfing activities. This is also the city of the Napoleon City Trail which takes place in December. Overhanging the Gulf of Ajaccio, you’ll find picturesque villages like Alata, Villanova or even Appietto where agriculture continues and where you can find cheeses, honey and charcuterie.
The villages of Celavu Prunelli: Bastelica, the village where Sampiero Corsu was born, the brave Corsican soldier of fortune proved himself as the precursor of an independent Corsica in the sixteenth century is the jewel of island gastronomy with its excellent charcuterie. Along the gorges of Prunelli, an artificial lake in a verdant setting comprised in particular of walnut or chestnut trees that make it possible, during the summer season, to engage in a wide range of activities like pedalos, canoeing, kayaking or paddle-boarding, we are in the village of Tolla, which is also known for its apple festival which takes place in October. A little lower down, discover Ocana and its Mediterranean garden devoted to bees and to the flora of Corsica. During the winter, the Val d’Ese at 1,759 metres altitude, becomes a ski station that is just 20 minutes from Bastelica for those who love winter sports: downhill skiing, cross-country skiing or snowboarding for a trip with a view of the sea! Lovers of hiking will appreciate the extend of the pedestrian network towards the Monte Renoso, Vitalaca Lake, Col de Scaldasole and Monte Nielo, or even the Pozzi. South of Bastelica, while descending from the neck of the Mercurio, make a stop at the Genoese bridge of Zipitoli, a beautiful work consisting of a single arch 5 metres high and surrounded by boxwood trees, in an Alpine setting in the Pineta Forest.
The chestnut tree, the emblematic tree of Corsica, becomes famous in this village in winter. You’ve guessed that we mean Bocognano village in the Prunelli Valley, which is known for its festival devoted to the chestnut and chestnut products. You can also discover the ecomuseum devoted to Napoleon. In the villages perched in the same valley, taste the Corsican charcuterie coming from the region’s farms.
Whether you are with friends, alone, as a family or as a couple, Corsica offers you a multitude of visits or activities to enjoy all year round. Get inspired by our “Best Of” of the must-sees in Ajaccien Country:
The Palais Fesch Museum of Fine Arts of Ajaccio
The birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte
Ajaccio Cathedral and its Carrara marble portal
Sunset over the Sanguinaires Islands
The Bridal Veil Waterfall in Bocognano
The Ecomusée U Palazzu Bucugnà
The dizzying gorges of the Prunelli Valley
The village of Bastelica, its baroque church of Saint Michel, the various buildings related to Sampiero Corso, its bread ovens, its tourist train, the Val d’Ese and its ski resort, i pozzi (natural water holes)
A trinichellu (Corsican train) ride from Ajaccio to the Vizzavona forest
Transparent bottom paddle boarding on the Sanguinaires road
A family swim on Marinella beach dear to Tino Rossi
Nautical activities on the south shore of the Gulf of Ajaccio
A walk to the old Coti Chiavari Penitentiary
A short hike from Lava Beach to the Pelusella Tower
Corsican products and Ajaccio specialties from the Ajaccio covered market and the fish market: Finuchjetti with anise, innarbittate (herbal slippers), incivulate (onion slippers), bianchetti or “frying”, lobsters…
Consult the websites of the Offices of Tourism of the Territory:
Ajaccien Country Intercommunal Tourism Office Website
Celavu Prunelli Intercommunal Tourism Office Website
Website of the Tourist Office of the Upper Gravona Valley
Site of the Intercommunal Tourist Office of Ornano and Taravo
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