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The 8 most beautiful hikes to do around Ajaccio

The hikes around Ajaccio are up to what one would expect from the Island of Beauty… With the Mediterranean as a backdrop and the Corsican mountains in the background, or the reverse, it is a multitude of beautiful walks available to you.

To hike in Ajaccio, you don’t even have to go very far: around the Gulf of Ajaccio or to the surrounding peaks, trails have been traced for a long time through fantastic Corsican landscapes. The Mediterranean Sea is never far away, which provides many opportunities to get in the water, during a hike, or to end a nice outing: the ideal remedy for tired legs!

Most of the most beautiful hikes in Ajaccio are accessible to as many people as possible. The best season for hiking in Ajaccio begins in spring, with clear weather, and continues into the late autumn, when the sun goes down and there are fewer people on the trails.

Between the two, be careful in summer, the sun heats up in Corsica and the mercury rises, while shade is often scarce… Always go with good shoes, enough to cover your head and above all, a solid reserve of ‘water !

1. Climbing Monte Gozzi

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We get to the heart of the matter with this superb hike around Ajaccio, which is also one of the most beautiful walks in all of Corsica. From the top of Monte Gozzi, you dominate the entire Gulf of Ajaccio, a memorable panorama, which more than justifies driving 25 minutes to the starting point.

The hike is easy to do there and back, without major difficulty, provided you take your time, and avoid the hottest hours because there is little shade on the way… Leave early in the morning!

2. The Parata Tower

The Parata Tower

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This short hike around Ajaccio is suitable for families, as it is accessible to all: no difficulty, well-maintained trail, and even some explanatory panels along the way!

The route takes you to the tip and the Parata Tower, built by the Genoese, who already enjoyed a splendid view of the Sanguinaires Islands at the time. Take the time to follow all the paths, because the setting is exceptional… a walk to do especially at the very end of the day, against the backdrop of the sunset.

3. The Crest Trail

The Crest Path

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A must-see hike in Ajaccio, the Chemin des Crêtes climbs to the heights that dominate the city: the Gulf of Ajaccio, the Sanguinaires Islands, the Corsican mountains, everywhere you turn your head the beautiful viewpoints follow one another at a frantic pace. !

You can take the Chemin des Crêtes directly from the center of Ajaccio: a nice loop for a nice half-day walk with more than 300 m of elevation gain, the path is not difficult but take the sticks and beware still hot.

4. The Customs Trail to Capo di Feno

The Customs Trail to Capo di Feno

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Another very beautiful hike around Ajaccio begins at the Pointe de la Parata: you can easily combine these two steps to increase the difficulty. Here, it is a question of continuing along the coast on the old Customs path, which winds from the top of its cliffs through a magnificent setting to the bay of Capo di Feno: the beach of Petit Capo awaits you. .

A long swimming break later, we turn back to enjoy the landscape in the opposite direction, heading for the Sanguinaires Islands, to find the starting point.

5. Capu du Muru peninsula

Capu du Muru peninsula

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Hiking in Ajaccio is often synonymous with very beautiful views of the Mediterranean, but it is difficult to find better than the peninsula of Capu du Muru to admire the deep blue of the sea. Starting from the small village of Cascionu and all along this wild point, the path leads to the tower of Capu du Muru, offering a breathtaking view from the south of the Gulf of Ajaccio.

Do not hesitate to go down to the creeks for swimming! The rest of the route, in a loop and without notable difficulty, crosses a landscape of dense maquis which ends in steep rocks on the surface of the water: a superb spectacle.

6. The Bomba trail in Villanova

The Gulf of Lava seen from the fabulous village of Villanova

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This hike around Ajaccio will be an opportunity to discover the charming village of Villanova, quietly established on the heights of the Gulf of Lava. Only 25 minutes drive from Ajaccio, you can already enjoy the peace and quiet of a real Corsican village.

Here begins the Bomba trail, a pretty loop through the maquis via the Bomba valley, offering some very beautiful views of the Mediterranean. An easy level hike, away from the most popular paths in Ajaccio.

7. I Pozzi from Basticela

I Pozzi from Basticela

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With a 50-minute drive to reach the village of Basticela, this hike around Ajaccio takes you a bit farther away, which takes place on the mountain side: but beware, the walk is worth the detour!

For this beautiful trail through forests and wild maquis, quite technical in places, set off equipped and plan a day trip to reach the famous “Pozzi”: these natural peat bogs, created by melting snow, make up one of the the most emblematic of all the Corsican mountains.

8. The Isolella Tower

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On the program for this hike around Ajaccio: beach and walks. The starting point is located in the very south of the Gulf of Ajaccio, to explore the Isolella peninsula which closes it.

From Anse de Sainte-Barbe, the goal of this hike will be to reach the Isolella tower, also built by the Genoese to monitor the coast. Result: the view is splendid!

As the walk is quite short, take the time to swim: there are indeed many possibilities in Isolella…

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