Over the next three weeks I’ll be showing you Ajaccio in the Corse-du-Sud (Southern Corsica) department of Corsica. Ajaccio is also the capital of the island. This was an exciting stop for us, as during our many Mediterranean voyages we had never before visited Corsica. Indeed, many of the destinations on this eight-day cruise were new to us.
We sailed into Ajaccio at about 9:00 a.m. on 16 May 2022. As such, the lighting was excellent when I hit the deck to photograph our arrival into port.
As you approach the port you’ll notice two large marinas. The marina tucked in the northwest corner of the bay is Port de Plaisance Charles Ornano (Charles Orano Pleasure Port):
The marina at the west entrance of the bay is Port Tino Rossi, and it’s just past this marina that houses the cruise terminal.
If you look closely at the image above you’ll see a divided tree-lined avenue with what appears to be a large crown. Beyond that crown is a large structure at the very end. That is the Grotte Napoléon, a monument to Napoléon Bonaparte. Looking west along Av. Antoine Serafini, which becomes Av. du Premier Consul, which in turn becomes Av. de Paris before transforming yet again (confused yet?) into Cr. Grandval, Cr. Général Leclerc, and finally All. de la Légion d’Honneur, you’ll get this fun view from the ship as it arrives:
Three more images from our sailing into Ajaccio until Wednesday, where I’ll take you on a quick bus ride through town and to points west:
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