Ajaccio, capital of Corsica and port city on the west coast of the island, is the city which saw the birth of Napoleon Bonaparte, French emperor, in 1769.
Although the first traces of civilization date back to Roman times, Ajaccio experienced its development in the 15th century, under the Genoese empire which wanted to assert its domination over the south of the island. Ajaccio became French in 1769 after the defeat of Pascal Paoli's patriots in Ponte Novu. Under the Napoleonic Empire, Ajaccio took off and became the capital of Corsica to the detriment of Bastia.
In the 19th century, it was a "tourist" resort very popular for the high society of the time, particularly English, like Monaco, Cannes, Nice.
Since the middle of the 20th century, Ajaccio has undergone significant development through population growth and considerable urban sprawl. Today, it is the capital of Corsica and the island's main urban area and is seeking to establish itself as a true regional metropolis.
Its commercial port is the island's major service by sky, but especially by sea with about 1 million passengers. The port function is also constituted by trade, pleasure boating and artisanal fishing, which is organised around the Ajaccio fishing court. In the past, Ajaccio’s port was a mecca for coral fishing. Ajaccio is also home to the headquarters of the Corsican Regional Fisheries Committee.
Ajaccio is the capital of Corsica and home to all the island's main political and territorial institutions. The largest urban area in Corsica in terms of population, 105,000 inhabitants, its surface area extends over 82.03 km2.
The city is located in the southern part of Corsica, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea. It has an advantageous position compared to the rest of the island. It is located in a sheltered position on the west coast of the island. The municipality itself extends along the northern shore of the Gulf of Ajaccio, between the Gravona and the Parata tip, including the Sanguinaires Islands. Many beaches and coves border its territory, the western part of which is particularly rugged (highest point: 790 metres).
What you must visit
Ajaccio is home to many museums, including the famous national museum of the Bonaparte House. The Tino Rossi port located in the city centre has many bars and restaurants. The citadel built in the 16th century is also a place to visit. Finally, its beaches and coves are remarkable, especially the Sanguinaires archipelago.
Ajaccio’s culture is the same of Corsica based on its language, music and culinary traditions specific to the islands such as cheese, especially Brocciu, cold cuts based on wild pig, (figatellu, lonzu, coppa and ham), wine and jam of figs, cedra, mandarin and lemon.
Several traditional festivals are celebrated in Ajaccio in particular:
The Gulf of Ajaccio is large and wide. Most fishermen work within this area. To the west, its rocky coast offers a wild landscape of great beauty composed of small islands: Les Iles sanguinaires. The Parata tower, located at the tip of this coast at the top of a hill plunged into the sea, dominates the landscape.
The interest of pescatourism is based on the discovery of this site which contrasts with the heart of the Gulf of Ajaccio where the town planning dominates.
2 Fished resource
Marc Colantonio has always been a professional fisherman. He works with his son and his wife is in charge of selling fish. He fishes with nets, longlines and traps depending on the season in the site of Les Iles Sanguinaires.
He catches all kinds of fish to provide the Ajaccio market, although lobsters and large fish, such as denti, caught with longlines are preferred.
3 Fishing technique:
Longlines, nets and traps
Marc Colantonio proposes a sea trip in the site of les Iles Sanguinaires.
This itinerary corresponds to Marc Colantonio's fishing grounds to supply the Ajaccio fish market.
Les Iles Sanguinaires is composed of small islands, a kind of small hills in the sea, which offer coves and beaches on a rugged coast.
Info about the vessel promoting the itinerary
The Luciano II, by Marc Colantonio, is a comfortable 10m50 polyester cruiser boat with a cabin offering a sleeping cabin, a kitchen and a toilet. It can accommodate 6 people.
Fishing info and pics
- Type of fishing techniques;
Marc has always been a fisherman boss. He works as a family with his son and wife who sell the fish at the dockside at the Ajaccio market. He also owns a restaurant boat where he proposes his fish.
Onland info and pics
- Traditional Foods & Cooking;
- On land itineraries (if any)
Grilled fish and shellfish.
RESTAURANT AND HOTELS
(those belonging to the BRAND)
Add the maps of the restaurants and hotels
Le Poséidon, Marc Colantonio's boat, managed and moored in the port of Tino Rossi, facing the fishing port.
Marc's fish products are available there.
- Where the Restaurants and Hotels are (in the map);
The hotels are those of Ajaccio city.
(plane, bus, train, boat) to get around
Bus, boat and plane
What activities to do
Sea trip to discover the coast, jet skiing, windsurfing, water skiing, paddle, sea canoeing, towed buoy, sea parachute , walking tours by the sea
Emergency numbers (Hospitals, police etc)