Ajaccio is the captial of Corsica and the island's largest city. Its modern history is dominated by the figure of Napoleon, who was born in the city. His presence is everywhere in Ajaccio, yet not in an overpowering sense; indeed the city wears its layers of history with a lightened touch. This is evidenced in the narrow streets and the lovely, varied architecture, particularly the fabled cathedral. The city also has a beautiful harbour area with numerous boats and yachts, arriving from French ports such as Marseille, Nice and Toulon - something that lends the area a Côte d'Azur feel.
To the North, the Gulf of Sagone is a vast bay that opens between the Gulfs of Ajaccio and Porto. With hillsides cloaked in dense maquis, and beaches flanked by oak and olives it is the ideal base for walkers or beach lovers, away from the hustle and bustle of Ajaccio.