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By Johanna the 15/06/2020

The Ajaccian Country -Territoriu d'Aiacciu

Welcome to the Imperial Land

Ajaccio ©ATC-S Alessandri Ajaccio ©ATC-S Alessandri

The Ajaccian country consists of two Communities in Communes: the Celavu Prunelli which includes the villages of the Vallée du Prunelli with for example BastelicaBastelicacciaTolla or Ocana and the communes of Celavu such as BocognanoCarbucciaUcciani or Tavera, and the Ajaccian country with of course Ajaccio and its perched villages overhanging the sea like AlataAppietto, or Villanova ad those of the mountain like Cuttoli CorticchiatoTaveraSarrola CarcopinoTavaco or even Vero.

 

© ATC Plage de la Terre Sacrée Ajaccio © ATC Plage de la Terre Sacrée Ajaccio

 

© ATC Place Foch Ajaccio © ATC Place Foch Ajaccio

 

© ATC Pointe de la Parata © ATC Pointe de la Parata

 

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 AlataVillanova or even Appietto where agriculture continues and where you can find cheeseshoney and charcuterie.

 

 

 

© ATC Palais Fesch Ajaccio © ATC Palais Fesch Ajaccio

 

The villages of Celavu PrunelliBastelica, 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 skiingcross-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 RenosoVitalaca 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

 

 

 

© ATC Lac de Tolla © ATC Lac de Tolla

 

© ATC Bastelica Pozzi © ATC Bastelica Pozzi

 

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.

 

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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:

Must-sees : 

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)

 

Must-do :

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

 

TASTE:

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…