Ajaccio, France

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Cruising to Ajaccio, Corsica

Class, sophistication and seduction

The French commune of Ajaccio oozes sophistication, class and seduction aplenty. But just what can you expect after your cruise draws up alongside the pier and tethers up? What wonders await once you step off the gangplank?

Wonders indeed.

A city with sweeping confidence sporting more than just a hint of the Cote d'Azur, this is a place that can keep travellers fascinated from the moment they arrive to the second they depart. The dark side of its history (Napoleon Bonaparte was born here in 1769) serves as a sharp contrast to its sunny disposition. And that's both literally and metaphorically - a friendly atmosphere is complemented by excellent weather for much of the year.

Enthusiastic walkers will no doubt want to check out the Pointe de la Parata, a walking trail that lends itself to some rather spectacular views of the city that are certainly photo-worthy. Those who prefer to lie on the beach or stroll along the coast should head to Plage de Ricanto, which possesses some rather fine views of its own. The seascape alone is enough, but when it also includes tantalising close-ups of the four islets of Iles Sanguinaires, you get the impression the beach is just showing off.

Apart from these areas of natural beauty, you'll find all the usual attractions you'd expect in a European city. The French have a passion for their cuisine that is unmatched in any other country, so you'll be missing out if you don't have lunch somewhere along the seafront. Also of note is the shopping scene, where you'll find both high-end brands and independent boutiques.

Ajaccio is a city with much to offer everyone, from casual tourists and families to solo travellers and hard-core explorers. So why not give it a try this year?

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