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We are sailing on Seabourn and will be in Ajaccio on Nov 3. Should we do an excursion from ship or are there locals who one can hire when you get off the boat? Many thanks for any advice on Corsica.

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If you just want a relaxing beach day it is a 5-10 minute walk to the beach from the ship. Clean beach, even showers for rinsing off sand. We spent the afternoon there 2 weeks ago. It was fabulous and some lovely sidewalk cafes to stop at on the walk back to the ship for a beer, glass of wine or lemon meringue pie.

 

 

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Early November might not give you beach weather, but Ajaccio is a great do-it-yourself port: easy walk to the center of a lovely old town, Napoleon Bonaparte's birthplace and interesting museum. I suggest you check out a guide book at your library to preview the port (a good suggestion for advance planning for all ports).

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Here's a copy of the notes I made from my research -- was there 2 summers ago. Much of this is copy/paste info from others.

 

PLAN: walk around town in the morning – lunch on ship & grab swimsuits – beach in afternoon

 

Beaches: Trottel and/or Marinella Beach, or to the Rive Sud area and Ricanto and/or Marina Viva

 

Some beaches are walkable from pier (Plage St. Francois near Citadel)

 

Head left outside the tender pier, and keep going straight along the road to get to the heart of Ajaccio's action -- the pretty market square, the hotel de ville (town hall), the lovely Genovese old town and the best shops.

 

Visit Bastelica (tourist train around village)

 

Look around village – lots of shops – pretty harbour

 

French island but lots of Italian influence

 

Head to the old town for the best shops

 

Ajaccio's main market is pungent, colourful and stacked with great local goodies like fig, myrtle or plum liqueur, prettily packaged maize and honey cakes, spicy Corsican sausage and melt-in-the-mouth beignets (sugared doughnuts). You'll find the market opposite the Tourist Information Centre on Boulevard du Roi Jerome. (Head left from the pier, past the Gare Maritime, and you can't miss it.)

 

Fritelli = doughnuts made with chestnut flour

 

St. Francois Beach – a lovely horseshoe-shaped stretch of honey sand – is just a 10-minute walk (heading left) from the tender drop-off – narrow beach with no toilets

 

Don't book a tour here – just wander village

 

No doubt about it: Ajaccio is my kind of cruise port – easily explored on foot; crammed with good restaurants and well-stocked, unusual shops; and blessed with a harbour so pretty that local artists jostle with each other for a good spot from which to paint it.

 

Beaches: In town: St François, Trottel

With bus no. 2 or 5: many beaches all along the "route des Sanguinaires"

With bus no. 12 as far as the park-and-ride car park of Campo dell'Oro which takes you directly to the Ricanto (Tahiti) beach.

 

By bus or (only in summer) by boat to Porticcio

 

If you get off the ship in Ajaccio, through port gates, cross the road, you are at bottom of main drag, walk up until roundabout + turn left. About 150yds walk you will see the sea, there is a nice small beach here. When you come off the beach the small Cathedral is in front of you, walk down side street you come to Napolean's house. Only 15 min walk from ship to beach.

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