Ajaccio Cruises

Napoleon’s Bonaparte Memorabilia
The Sanguinary Islands
Tortoise and Turtle Park

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Soak up the splendour of Ajaccio, the capital of the French island of Corsica. This charming harbour city in the Mediterranean Sea is the birthplace of Napoleon.

Experience an array of historical sites, natural attractions, and lively cafes, restaurants and shops. This MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination offers a glamorous waterfront promenade, old town streets, wooded hills, and a 16th-century citadel.

MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including: 

• Napoleon’s Bonaparte Memorabilia

• The Sanguinary Islands

• Tortoise and Turtle Park

Make the most of Ajaccio with an MSC Cruises excursion to explore the old town and its many wonders. Enjoy a walk to see neoclassical and baroque architecture including the Ajaccio Cathedral. Winding streets boast impressive statues commemorating Napoleon Bonaparte, the 18th-century French Emperor. Visit the Maison Bonaparte, Napoleon’s beautifully preserved birthplace or the iconic Fesch Museum housing collections by Tiziano, Veronese and Botticelli. Take a break in Austerlitz Square, where Napoleon played as a child or wander Place Foch’s palm-fringed promenade and admire the fountain, lamps, and marble lions.

Embark on a mini-adventure to discover the Sanguinaires Archipelago, a biodiverse haven for birds and dolphins. This natural ecosystem is also known as 'The Blood Islands' due to the reddish tinge of the porphyry cliffs at sunset. This MSC Cruises excursion includes the scenic Pointe de la Parata and its 16th-century Genoese defence tower. Next, join a boat tour of the archipelago, stopping at Mezu Mare Island with its Alphonse Daudet lighthouse. 

If you’re keen on nature and animals, book an MSC Cruises excursion to A Cupulatta, the tortoise park and beach. This family-friendly location offers 2.5 hectares of pristine parkland that’s home to 170 tortoise and turtle species. Seeing these majestic animals in their natural habitat is a truly unique experience, especially if you happen to spot baby tortoises and turtles. Before returning to the ship, explore the coastal resort of Porticci with its buzzing shops, bars and restaurants. 

Must see places in Ajaccio



    A discrete and slightly snobbish charm
    A discrete and slightly snobbish charm

    A holiday to southern France will take you to heaven. This Garden of Eden encompasses the snow-peaked lower Alps and their foothills, which in the east descend right to the sea, and to the west extend almost to the Rhône.

    The coastal hinterland is made up of range after range of steep, forested hills, while the shore is an ever-changing series of geometric bays giving way to chaotic outcrops of glimmering rock and deep, narrow inlets, like miniature fjords – the calanques. All these elements would count for nothing, however, were it not for the magical Mediterranean light. At its best in spring and autumn, it is both soft and brightly theatrical, as if some expert had rigged the lighting for each landscape for maximum colour and definition with minimum glare. A cruise to southern France is a good opportunity to visit the capital of the Riviera, Nice – a vibrant and intriguing blend of Italianate influence, faded Belle Époque splendour and first-class art.

    East of the city, the lower Corniche links the picturesque seafront towns of Villefranche, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Beaulieu; the higher roads offer some of the most spectacular coastal driving in Europe, en route to the perched village of Èze and the tiny principality of Monaco. The Riviera’s western half claims its best beaches – at jazzy Juan-les-Pins and at Cannes, a glitzy centre of designer shopping and film.