Hotels in Porticcio, Corsica
An unforgettable trip under the spell of Ajaccio
The charming Corsican city of Ajaccio is both sophisticated and elegant. During a stay in Ajaccio, you can admire the relics of its antique past and immerse yourself in the heart of the local culture. Don’t miss the chance to try specialities of the local cuisine and to make the most of the many beaches and bays surrounding the historic “Coral City”. This large and welcoming city offers visitors a wide choice of activities and entertainment including restaurants, bars, watersports and sporting activities, as well as museums and parks. There is something here for everyone. Staying at the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa de Porticcio, you experience an interlude of complete relaxation in a privileged setting. The Radisson Blu Resort & Spa is located right opposite Agosta Beach in Porticcio, giving you the opportunity of enjoying the sunshine and open air in the heart of the Bay of Ajaccio. In this charming spot, you can wind down in the spa or on the beach, discover Porticcio and its buzzing nightlife, or take a trip into the centre of Ajaccio, just 19 km from the hotel. Everything you need for your dream holiday with family, partner or friends, is here.
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa has an ideal location in an environment where calm, relaxation and luxury are top of the agenda. The hotel is in the Bay of Ajaccio, opposite Agosta Beach, one of the lovely beaches typical of the area. You can make the most of the deep blue of the sea and take time to relax on a chaise longue with a view of the bay and the Sanguinaires Archipelago. Check out all the services at your disposal: the restaurant, bar and spa are just waiting to welcome you. For a family holiday, make the most of the family bedrooms, choose a room or a suite if you are here with your loved one, or even a room with kitchenette for your holiday with friends.
A rich history
The history of Ajaccio goes back to antiquity, demonstrated by the ancient remains discovered under the sea. However, its importance declined significantly in the early Middle Ages. It was not until the 15th century that Ajaccio re-emerged, under the aegis of the Genoese who wanted to reinforce their dominance in Corsica. In the 19th century, Ajaccio underwent a notable revival under the influence of Napoleon Bonaparte, who made his birthplace the principal town of the island. It then became a popular holiday destination, especially in winter, when high society came to enjoy the warm climate. The city gained renown during the Second World War when the population revolted against the Nazi occupation, making Ajaccio the first freed French city.
Your Ajaccio hotel stay gives you the chance to make the most of the numerous attractions of the city and southern Corsica. With its atmosphere of the Côte d’Azur, Ajaccio is a distinctive city where you can enjoy the beach, swimming, and water sports. The city is also the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, and you can retrace his steps by visiting the many monuments, statues and museums dedicated to Napoleon. Amongst the famous spots, notable are the Maison Bonaparte, the Fesch Museum and its eclectic collection ranging from Italian painting to ancient books, and don’t miss the Cathedral Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption.
A city in the sun
Ajaccio, in the French prefecture of Corsica, is the biggest city on the island. The city and surrounding region enjoys a warm climate all year round, with the hottest temperatures between June and September. Ajaccio is very accessible by air and sea. The airport is 7 km from the city centre, and the port links the island with southern France’s largest cities by ferry. There are buses and trains for travel to other large Corsican cities, notably Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio. In Ajaccio, you can still hear phrases and expressions in the Corsican language, though it has mostly been replaced by French. Corsican is recognised by UNESCO as being an endangered language.
Napoleon Bonaparte, the future Emperor of France, lived in this house until he was 9 years old. When you visit the Maison Bonaparte, you will be immersed in the history of this influential figure who had a such a major impact on his home town’s destiny. Through the different rooms, you will discover objects which belonged to Bonaparte, lots of explanatory material about Napoleon and his family, and period furniture, transporting you back 200 years in time.
The Palais Fesch
The Palais Fesch, or the Ajaccio Fine Art Museum, is home to an impressive collection, notably containing the largest number of Italian paintings in France after the Louvre. During your visit, you will be able to admire works by Titian, Botticelli and Veronese. Cardinal Fesch, Napoleon’s uncle, was the driving force behind the creation of this palace. During his lifetime, he was a passionate collector, and accumulated nearly 16,000 canvases. He made a gift of a selection of his works to found the museum, though it was not finished until well after his death.
The Imperial Chapel
Cardinal Fesch, the original patron of the museum which bears his name, also instigated the construction of the Imperial Chapel. He had made a testamentary vow to construct this chapel so that he could be laid to rest in it after his death. Discover this monument which was consecrated in 1860 in the presence of Napoleon III. It houses the remains not only of the Cardinal, but also Napoleon’s parents and his brothers and sisters. Napoleon Bonaparte himself is buried in Les Invalides in Paris. Entry to the chapel is by request during the opening hours of the Fesch Museum.
Built in 1492, the citadel of Ajaccio is witness to the rebirth of the town under the direction of the Genoese. It was designed to defend the city from sea-borne attack, and the fortress is an imposing monument dominating the golf course and providing a breathtaking view. Biographies of Napoleon relate how, as a child, he loved to play on the ramparts. The fortress was also used as a prison during the Second World War. This landmark visit will plunge you into the history of the city.
Situated on the south side of the Gulf of Ajaccio, Agosta Beach is a vast stretch of sand offering a beautiful panoramic view. It is approximately 2 km long and there are lots of restaurants in the centre. You can enjoy water sports such as jet-skiing or parasailing here. The Radisson Blu Resort & Spa gives you direct access to this beach, and also has a free car park.
Scudo Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the region and is on the way to the Sanguinaires Isles. It is famous for its location, as it is very close to the home of Tino Rossi’s, a singer native to Ajaccio. This beautiful white-sand beach has a free car park, situated at the level of the Scudo beach bar, which sells fast food and drinks. You can get there on the line 5 bus, where you get off at Scudo.
Terre Sacrée (Sacred Land) Beach
Also on the Route des Sanguinaires is Terre Sacrée Beach, located in an exceptional setting with a view of the Parata Tower. The fine sand forms pretty inlets. The beach has lifeguards in high season and there is a free car park. The sea is perfect for swimming and water sports, and from the beach you can see the boundary stones of the Terre Sacrée, which honours Corsicans who died in the First World War.
Marina Viva Beach
Marina Viva Beach is a wide expanse of fine sand, offering a lovely view of the Sanguinaires Isles. It is close to the Capitello Tower, in the commune of Grosseto-Pugna. The beach is very lively in summer, and is home to many restaurants, shops, water sports centres and even a tourist office.
One of the must-do activities during your hotel stay in Ajaccio is to follow the Route des Sanguinaires up to Parata Point, situated approximately 45 minutes from your Radisson Blu hotel. This picturesque route runs along the rocky coast of the Bay of Ajaccio, and offers a magnificent views of the sea and the red-coloured rock formations characteristic of the region. On leaving Ajaccio, follow the D111 road to the west; this ends at Parata Point, an enchanting place which presents you with an exceptional panorama over the Sanguinary Isles.
The Sanguinaires Archipelago
Another must-see place for your itinerary during your visit to South Corsica is the Sanguinaires Archipelago. The four islands which form the archipelago take their name from their dark red rock and the evening light which bathes them in crimson at sunset. The diverse species of flora and fauna make these islands a miniature paradise which you can explore on a boat trip or, even better, from a sea kayak.
The Piana Calanques
The Piana Calanques are amazing rock formations which have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are made from sculpture-like rocky outcrops and magnificent red rock cliffs. The Calanques overhang the sea and create a breathtaking panorama, which is unspoiled and calm, making it the perfect place to enjoy the scenery and dream the day away. The many footpaths mean you can wander around the Calanques on an exotic walk in an exceptional setting. You can also carry on further into the Piana Forest. Piana is an hour’s drive from Ajaccio on the D81. When you come back from Piana, be sure to stop in the village of Cargèse, famous for its two picturesque churches and its wonderful fine sandy beaches.
The Prunelli Gorges
There is no better way to discover the rustic charm of South Corsica than by visiting the Prunelli Gorges. They are approximately 45 minutes by car from Ajaccio, and the route to the gorges lets you explore one of the prettiest valleys of the region. Starting from Cauro, the great loop of the Prunelli Gorges takes you through 40 km of discovery of Corsican maquis. The route follows the edge of Tolla Lake, with a very enjoyable water sports centre, and from there you can take the narrow-gauge railway departing from the Col de Cricheto.