With friends, family or by yourself, make the most of the spectacular Corsican countryside and seaside. Renting equipment or taking guided tours from water sports and activity centres on the island are great ways to meet more people with a similar interest for sport and adventure and see more of the island, whether that be on land, under the water or from the sky. There are various companies and organisations scattered across the island which propose numerous options and possibilities, bringing you one step closer to pursuing adventure!
Ajaccio boasts a remarkable geographical landscape with mountainous terrain and astounding cliff faces. Nature lovers will be blown away by the rich biodiversity of the island and various species of wildlife and marine life which can be observed and discovered. The Gravona Valley is an exceptional site which cannot be missed, and which beautifully captures the dynamism of the natural environment balanced against its tranquillity and calm. Prunelli Valley is another amazing natural site to explore which fuses mountain and sea and will satisfy your wanderlust.
This destination won’t only satisfy the outdoor fans among you but also those interested in traditions of history and culture. Napoleon Bonaparte spent much of his childhood and teenage years in Ajaccio and his memory is still very much present in the city; various museums, heritage sites and religious buildings convey a sense of this history. There are also many events thrown throughout the year in his memory so perhaps think about whether these would interest you when planning a sailboat charter in Ajaccio. The months of June and August in particular, are full of events and festivals which mark his existence and his work.
To start your day with peace and calm, begin by taking one of the hiking trails on the island to discover a landscape which combines forest, sea and mountains. Some of the possible hiking routes available include: ‘Tour de la Parata’, ‘Sentier des Douaniers’ and ‘Sentirer des Cretes’ and these routes differ in intensity and difficulty. You’ll be delighted to know that all these routes incorporate breath-taking ocean views and no matter which route you choose, you’ll be sure to see the sea.
Treat yourself to a big sit-down lunch in one of the fantastic restaurants in the town which will bring fresh and local produce to your plate. Let your lunch digest while you top on your tan on one of the island’s wonderful beaches and if you’re feeling up for it, snap up the opportunity to try scuba diving or deep-sea diving. A sailboat charter in Ajaccio will provide you with the best opportunity to try your hand at something you’ve never done before and to challenge yourself to pick up a new hobby.
If you have a couple of hours in the afternoon which you’d rather spend on dry ground than in the sea, now is the perfect time to visit some of the most famous cultural sites on the island and learn more about its history. There are plenty of chapels and religious buildings to visit, statues and monuments of Napoleon and museums and exhibitions which will provide you with greater insight and understanding.
At sunset, make sure to enjoy a glass of local wine while watching sun meet sea from your sailboat before heading into the old town of Ajaccio to experience some nightlife and soak up the culture. There is a strong tradition of live music on the island so listen to some local artists strumming away in one of the cosy bars. If you want to finish your day with a bang, there are also plenty of nightclubs and discos where you can boogie away ‘til the small hours of the morning before heading back to your sailboat for some well-earned sleep.
Ajaccio is an accessible destination with boat ferries and flights running throughout the year. On the island itself, there are 4 different airports and 7 ports so there are constant global links, and this makes your journey stress-free and easily planned. There are strong links with Italy too; you could also consider flying into an Italian airport and sailing over from here, if this is a cheaper or more efficient option. When you arrive on the island, regular bus and taxi services mean that you can get to your sailboat in no time and let the adventure begin!
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