Corse-du-Sud will capture your imagination with its jewel-toned bays, soaring granite cliffs and enchanting cities. Sunbathe on beautiful beaches, discover ancient archaeological sites and visit the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. Restaurants in Ajaccio and Bonifacio serve some of the freshest seafood in France.
Things to do in Corse-du-Sud
The city of Ajaccio is a convenient base for exploring Corse-du-Sud. Stroll around the historic centre and admire the pastel-coloured buildings. Maison Bonaparte, the house where Napoleon was born, has been reimagined as a fantastic history museum. The breezy waterfront promenade takes you past a string of sandy beaches.
An imposing medieval citadel overlooks the ancient town of Bonifacio. Steep paths connect the clifftop old city with the bustling quayside district, where you’ll find a collection of cafes and brasseries. Boat tours depart from the marina and take you to nearby beaches and the stunning Archipelago of Lavezzi.
On the west coast of Corse-du-Sud, Scandola Nature Reserve protects a pristine landscape of sandy beaches, sea caves and volcanic rock formations. The World Heritage Site is an important habitat for ospreys, which you can see soaring overhead. Boat tours are the best way to visit the reserve, as well as the dramatic Calanques de Piana. The jagged, pink-tinged limestone cliffs soar over the Mediterranean, some more than 300 metres high.
Filitosa is one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. The site is dotted with prehistoric granite statues dating back to the Neolithic era. Learn more about the megaliths at the small on-site museum.
From mouth-watering charcuterie boards to fresh-caught seafood, Corse-du-Sud is a foodie’s paradise. Wild boar, also known as “sanglier” is a local specialty and is often served with polenta or polenta. Pair your meal with a glass of locally made Nielluccio wine. For dessert, indulge in a chestnut tart, another regional specialty.
Getting around Corse-du-Sud
Corse-du-Sud is located on the French island of Corsica. Ferries connect Ajaccio with mainland France and also run between Bonifacio and Sardinia. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore Corse-du-Sud at your own pace. Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport is a 10-minute drive from the city centre.