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Ajaccio is an immensely popular destination among tourists who want to enjoy the warm temperatures, the soft sand, the deep blue Mediterranean sea and the pleasant atmosphere of the largest city in Corsica. Ajaccio hotels are an ideal option for tourists who want all the comfort and amenities of a modern accommodation while being near the beach and the old buildings and neighborhoods of Ajaccio. There are many attractions outside of the city, including some traditional Mediterranean villages and amazing rock formations unlike anything you have ever seen. Venere makes it easy to find the right hotel anywhere in Corsica thanks to its wide selection of high quality establishments and its easy booking process. Trusting Venere to book a great Ajaccio accommodation allows you to focus on other important things, such as learning more about Southern Corsica, planning the different things you want to see in Ajaccio and working on your suntan ahead of your Mediterranean vacation.
What's Ajaccio Like?
Ajaccio - or Aiaccu, in Corsican dialect - is the largest settlement of the island. The city has a rich history that dates back to the seventh century. There are still traces of Greek and Roman settlements in the area. The Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption cathedral and the Capo di Bollo castle are remains of the Genoese presence. In fact, you will probably notice some Italian architecture in some of the old neighborhoods where Ajaccio hotels are located. Ajaccio is known as the birthplace of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Make sure you stop by the house where he was born and visit the museum dedicated to his life. If you enjoy fine art, the Fesh museum will keep you busy with its amazing collection of Renaissance paintings. And if you want to get some fresh air and enjoy the Mediterranean weather, there are plenty of outdoors activities, especially in the Tolla lake area.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Ajaccio
Tourism is the main industry in Corsica. The island welcomes tourists from all over Europe during the summer months, and you might find yourself surrounded with tourists rather than locals. Visiting Ajaccio outside of the busy touristic season is a completely different experience, and you will find that the locals are more relaxed and pleasant. Ajaccio hotels are less busy during the off-season. Dressing in sandals, shorts and tank tops and talking English will not make you look out of place due to the huge number of tourists who visit Corsica every year. Locals are not always ready to open up to foreigners at first and will typically need some time to warm up to your presence. Be respectful of their privacy and try to appreciate their more relaxed lifestyle. Before your stay is over, you might even find yourself prone to taking naps in the middle of the afternoon when the heat reaches its peak like locals do. Make sure you try out the local specialties. You will find some unique cured meats such as cured sausage made from pork, wild hogs and even donkeys or coppa, lonzo and brocciu, which are somewhat similar to cured ham. If you have a sweet tooth, don't miss out on the canistrellis and the traditional fig or chestnut jam.