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Scandola, Girolata and Calanche de Piana Full-Day Boat Tour

1. Scandola, Girolata and Calanche de Piana Full-Day Boat Tour

Set sail from Ajaccio or Porticcio on a full-day boat tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Scandola Nature Reserve and the Gulf of Porto. Experience one of the last Mediterranean enclaves to provide shelter for endemic flora and birdlife. Stop in the coastal village of Girolata and explore the secluded village for 2 hours. Find a nice restaurant for lunch or enjoy a picnic on the beach. In the winter, the village becomes a virtual backwater with only about 15 residents. Then, venture into the Calanche de Piana to discover an outstanding landscape of pink granite rocks shaped over the centuries by changes in temperature, strong winds, and sea spray. Explore the geological diversity and unique location of the rocks that give a particular aspect to the area.

From Ajaccio/Porticcio:Ajaccio & Sanguinaires Gulf Boat Tour

2. From Ajaccio/Porticcio:Ajaccio & Sanguinaires Gulf Boat Tour

Embark on a boat tour and take in sights along the north shore of Ajaccio, including the Tino Rossi house, the Greek chapel, the Marin cemetery and the Citadel. See the Parata tower and the Sanguinaires islands, a Natura 2000 site. During the tour, enjoy commentary about Ajaccio Bay and the history of the city. Stop at Mezumare, the largest island in the Sanguinaires archipelago, accessible only by boat. The island is home to a number of rare animal species. Enjoy a 1-hour stopover for a swim, or for a walk to the Alphonse Daudet lighthouse and semaphore. You'll also see the ruins of the Lazaretto, used by coral fishermen, in quarantine after returning from Africa.

From Ajaccio: Sanguinaires Islands Boat Trip With Aperitif

3. From Ajaccio: Sanguinaires Islands Boat Trip With Aperitif

Watch the sunset from one of Corsica's best sunset locations on this boat trip from Ajaccio. Get the chance to explore the largest of the Sanguinaires Islands, Mezzu Mare, and enjoy a glass of wine and charcuterie board onboard. Board your speedboat in Ajaccio and set sail for Mezzu Mare, where you will moor for an hour. Explore the island on foot and visit a 19th-century lighthouse for panoramic views of the entire archipelago or take a dip in the crystal-clear waters. On your return to the boat, sit down to a delicious charcuterie tasting board served with Corsican rosé wine. Relax as the sun sets over the Mediterranean Sea. Finally, enjoy one last dip in the warm waters of the sea before returning to the port.

Ajaccio/Porticcio: Sanguinaires Sunset Cruise & Wine Tasting

4. Ajaccio/Porticcio: Sanguinaires Sunset Cruise & Wine Tasting

On this 3-hour boat tour, you’ll take in sights along the north shore of Ajaccio, including the Tino Rossi house, the Greek chapel, the Marin cemetery, and the Citadel. You'll arrive at the Sanguinaires Islands just in time to admire the sunset from the boat. Enjoy a Corsican wine tasting commented by a sommelier and a local wine-grower. You'll discover white, red and rose wines from the Ajaccio's region. Treat yourself to a buffet of typical and local products, such as Corsican ham, cheese, swiss chard pie, and sweet cheese fritters, while listening to the guitars of local musicians.

Ajaccio Vision Tour from Ajaccio with Open-Top Bus

5. Ajaccio Vision Tour from Ajaccio with Open-Top Bus

Enjoy a 360-degree view of the Imperial Town with an open top bus. Depart from the Square Foch, drive along the De Gaulle Square with the statue of Napoleon with his four brothers. Then cruise along Austerlitz Square and see the Casone monument dedicated to Napoleon I.  Continue your discovery along the coastal road of the Sanguinaires to enjoy the beautiful sights over Ajaccio bay. Arrive at the Parata point for a 20-30 minute stop and appreciate the exceptional panorama over the archipelago.

E-Bike Self-Guided Tour Loop Ajaccio Along Turquoise Waters

6. E-Bike Self-Guided Tour Loop Ajaccio Along Turquoise Waters

From the Tourist Office in the downtown area, collect your Peugeot high-end e-bike, equipped with a Bosch engine. With the help of the e-bike you can visit the Napoleonic sites, the old town, the Sanguinaires Islands, and the wonderful bay of Capo di Feno. You will then return to the Tourist Office via an inland route and along the Saint Antoine road pass. In just three and a half hours you can discover many sites on the island, including Bonaparte’s house where Napoleon was born and spent his youth. Beyond the downtown area, you can visit the Parata Genoese tower for a great panoramic view on the Sanguinaires Islands and then continue on to the beautiful beaches of Grand Capo and Petit Capo.

From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Full-Day Boat Tour to Bonifacio

7. From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Full-Day Boat Tour to Bonifacio

Discover the dramatic landscapes of the south coast of Corsica aboard a cruise boat from Ajaccio on a full-day tour to the commune of Bonifacio and its legendary rock formations. Cruise into the Valinco Gulf for breathtaking views of the coast. See the famous lion-shaped rock of Roccapina and more. Benefit from an informative commentary on the history of Corsica and its traditions along the way. Get a closer look at the rock carving of the Staircase of the King of Aragon, dug by Alfonso V's troops in a single night during the unsuccessful siege of Bonifacio in 1420, according to legend. Marvel at the sea caves in the shape of Napoleon's Hat and the sea stack of the Grain de Sable. Upon arrival in Bonifacio, get 4 hours to explore at leisure and find a nice place for lunch. Catch the mini-train from the port to the citadel in the upper town and back at your convenience. Located directly on the Mediterranean Sea, and separated from Sardinia by the Strait of Bonifacio, the commune is known for its idyllic beaches and towering cliffs.

Ajaccio Sightseeing Tour

8. Ajaccio Sightseeing Tour

Depart from Place Foch and drive along De Gaulle Square to see the statue of Napoleon Bonaparte, Ajaccio´s most famous figure, and his 4 brothers. Along the Austerlitz square, see the Casone monument, dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte. Journey along the coastal road of the Sanguinaires to enjoy the beautiful view over Ajaccio Bay. Arrive at the Pointe de la Parata with its great sea views and close-ups of the Sanguinaires Islands. Drive back to town overlooking the beaches, the monuments, and the seaside cemetery and the citadel.

Ajaccio: Guided Scandola Nature Reserve Boat Tour

9. Ajaccio: Guided Scandola Nature Reserve Boat Tour

Be one with nature on this guided boat tour of the Scandola and Capo Rosso reserves. Swim in blue waters and discover natural caves and majestic cliffs. After meeting your guide, head over to the island of Cargalo and continue through the cathedral fault. Swim in turquoise waters while your appetizer of cold meats and rosé wine from Corsica is prepared. At noon, arrive at Girolata, a small fishing village built around an 18th-century fortress accessible only by sea. The boat will sail again at 2 pm towards the Gulf of Porto for another swimming break at Anse Ficaghjola, a village overlooking a beach. Then, proceed to the Calanques of Piana, a geological jewel with cliffs and caves. Upon reaching the natural pool of Capo Rosso, dive in its crystal clear waters. Enjoy a final swim at the Cala di Pala Cove where you can also jump off diving boards of different heights. You will continue with your memorable boat ride until your return, leaving you with unforgettable memories.

From Porticcio: Speedboat Tour to Cupabia Beach with Stops

10. From Porticcio: Speedboat Tour to Cupabia Beach with Stops

Live in a daydream for the day on this tour from Porticcio aboard a semi-rigid speedboat piloted by qualified captains. Bathe in the sun, take a dip in the water, make stops for free time, and enjoy cold meats, cheese, and wine. Start your getaway with Sette Nave and Isula Piana and the cove of Cacao where you can appreciate the panorama while swimming in the crystal-clear waters of these dream places. Make up to four stops for swimming. Upon return, enjoy a tasting of charcuterie, cheese, and rosé wine prepared by your captain. Continue your adventure towards Cala di Cupabia and Cala D'Orzu, where you can have a drink at the mythical hut named Chez Francis. Set out on the water again at high speeds and zigzag through the sea for an unparalleled feeling of freedom. Before arriving back at the starting point, make your last stop for swimming at the famous Plage d'Argent.

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What people are saying about Ajaccio

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,186 reviews

We loved the excursion, the funny jokes of our 2 captains, set the mood. We also had good weather and we enjoyed the landscapes and the magnificent view that awaited us at the top of the semaphore and the lighthouse. A sunset, Corsican songs, small bursts of speed on the way back, all the ingredients were there to spend an unforgettable moment with the JPS crew. We strongly recommend.

Superb boat trip. Baptiste was very nice, the climb to the lighthouse and the semaphore we really liked, what a view, a magnificent panorama. The aperitif was convivial. The sunset was present despite the cloudy sky.

Brilliant to absolutely make the professionals at the top friendly and assured security. Magnificent. Successful ambient music. Congratulations for this cruise

Everything to see the main places and monuments of Ajaccio

Very nice walk. Great atmosphere. We recommend. Eric