The cruise port of Ajaccio is located at Quai L'Herminier next to the ferry terminal in the east and the fishing port in the west. There is a small but modern cruise terminal with a huge glass wall. From within you can take great pictures of your cruise ship. Most highlights of Ajaccio are within walking distance from the cruise terminal. For an excursion to the countryside of Corsica, you have limited possibilities by public transport.
During a cruise vacation to Corsica, Ajaccio is often on the program. It is the capital of Corsica and the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. This quiet port town is fantastically located in the Western Mediterranean. Cruises to Ajaccio are often scheduled by the cruise line companies.
Inside the Gare Maritime, the cruise terminal in Ajaccio you will find:
Language in Ajaccio
The language in Ajaccio is French ("U Corsu" is a local dialect), but on touristic spots you can also use English.
Currency in Ajaccio
The currency in Ajaccio is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along the city.
Opening times in Ajaccio
Opening times differ a lot around France, but generally are as follows:
Monday to Saturday
from 9.00h - 12.00h
and 14.00h - 19.00h
On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions.
Nôtre Dame de la Miséricorde
Nôtre Dame de la Miséricorde is the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Ajaccio. It was built between 1577 and 1593 (Baroque style) and is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary
La Maison Bonaparte
La Maison Bonaparte is the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. This house was owned by members of the family from 1682 to 1923. It's located in Rue Saint-Charles
Citadelle d'Ajaccio is a citadel - fortress to protect the city. It dates from the 15th century and is located next to the marina and fishing port
Place Foch is a central square in Ajaccio. It's situated opposite the fishing port
Place du Général de Gaulle
Place du Général de Gaulle is a grand square in the center of Ajaccio. It provides a beautiful view of the bay
In Ajaccio you dock within walking distance from the city center. Most sights are not so far apart, so you can perfect explore the city on foot.
If you want to visit other places on the island, then you should opt for a taxi or organized tour. The possibilities with public transport are rather limited.
The most famous inhabitant of Ajaccio was Napoleon Bonaparte. He was born here. Many buildings, squares and monuments in the city remind to him. Furthermore Ajaccio is a beautiful and peaceful city where you can pleasantly walk along the marina and fishing port, citadel and promenade along the water.
If you have enough time, you can also visit other places on the island. Given the relatively limited possibilities with public transport you should choose an organized excursion.
Ajaccio has a Mediterranean climate with very warm dry summers and humid winters.The average annual temperature in summer is between 28°C and 30°C and in winter between 4°C and 8°C
Excursions in Ajaccio
Not far from the cruise port and Place Foch is the Tourist Office They distribute free city maps.
The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to Ajaccio: