The 4 seasons of the Ajaccio region

Publié le 24 juin 2021

L’avantage de vivre sur une île montagneuse c’est qu’il y a des choses à faire toute l’année et pour chacun d’entre vous. 
Vous êtes dubitatifs ? Alors on va vous donner au moins UNE nouvelle découverte par saison : c’est parti !

Springtime

This is surely one of our favourite seasons. Nature is slowly coming out of its winter torpor, the days are getting longer, the good weather is overtaking the dullness... In short, we just want to get out of our homes and enjoy it all!

We put on our hiking boots and set off to immerse ourselves in the flowering maquis. All our senses are awakened. Sight thanks to the colours that dot the landscape;smell with the odours that the flora gives off; touch because we cannot resist the temptation to dip our feet in the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean and finally taste because we took care to bring a spuntinu [snack in Corsica] made from local products 😉

Easter

Speaking of eating, Spring is also the occasion to taste the culinary traditions of Easter. Of course, like everywhere else, we eat the eggs that the bells have taken care to hide in our gardens, but not only that... In the Ajaccio region (and in the rest of Corsica), it is customary to have a merendella on Easter Monday. This is a big picnic with family and friends during which caccavellu is eaten. This is a round cake with a raw egg (which becomes hard when cooked), flavoured with aniseed. It exists in an elongated form (without egg) and is called Panetta. Whatever the shape, we love it!

The Ajaccio region celebrates Spring

At the Tourist Office, we are such fans of this season (which also marks the beginning of the tourist season) that every year we organise activities and visits around this theme. And it's been going on for over 10 years!

L'Eté

Do we really need to convince you that there is plenty to do in the Ajaccio region in summer? No. We'll just point out that it's not all about the beach and water sports.

Cette saison est marquée par les soirées les pieds dans l’eau dans les paillottes  mais aussi (et surtout) par une programmation évènementielle riche. Il y a une animation chaque soir de la semaine, alors difficile de s’ennuyer ! Et on ne vous parle pas des festivals au Théâtre de Verdure du Casone. 

The high point remains the Napoleonic Days. Re-enactments of battles, skirmishes, imperial dance shows, conferences... for 3 days Ajaccio celebrates the birth of its child: Napoleon. Without forgetting the majestic (not to say imperial) fireworks display which concludes these timeless days.

L'Automne

The Mediterranean climate allows us to enjoy the beautiful autumn days. You can still enjoy the hiking trails. You just have to leave a little earlier because the days are getting shorter. The less chilly among us take their last baths in the sea.

Until the end of the All Saints' Day holidays, tourist life is still active in the Ajaccio region: land and sea excursions, guided tours, museums... you are spoilt for choice!

Pour la Toussaint [I Santi en langue Corse] aussi on a des traditions culinaires (ce n’est plus un secret pour vous : les Corses sont des épicuriens). On cuit le Pain des Morts, un pain brioché farci de noix et de raisins secs. Dans la tradition ancestrale, la nuit du 1er au 2 novembre, ce pain était laissé sur la table, la cheminée restait allumée et la porte de la maison ouverte pour nos morts. Le lendemain, comme personne n’était venu, le pain était partagé avec les amis et les pauvres.

L'Hiver

We won't lie to ourselves, the entry into winter is greatly facilitated by the prospect of the end of year festivities (and especially of presents). And who says end of year festivities says... Christmas market!

 

Le Marché de Noël 

Durant le mois de décembre, des chalets recouvrent les places du centre-ville. Il y règne une ambiance festive qui contamine tout le Pays d’Ajaccio !
On en profite pour faire les cadeaux de Noël et c’est l’occasion de croiser les amis et la famille venus découvrir les exposants.

Depuis quelques années, l’hiver est marqué par une nouvelle tradition à Ajaccio : le City Trail. C’est une course de (presque) 10 kilomètres à travers les rues de la ville. On ne saurait pas vous dire si c’est la magie de Noël qui fait ça mais en tout cas c’est un rendez-vous que les habitants du Pays d’Ajaccio attendent avec impatience.

By the way, some members of the Tourist Office team are on the starting line 😉 Don't hesitate to come and encourage us!

Our pride in winter is still to ski with a view on the sea (yes it exists) in the morning from the Val d'Ese resort (1 hour drive from Ajaccio) and to be back to taste sea urchins at the beach around 1pm. The dolce vita in short...

So you agree that we can enjoy the Ajaccio region all year round?

At the Tourist Office we even consider that there is a season for each of you. We have therefore decided to create the concept of "A Chacun sa Saison". It encompasses our events programme and the offers of our partners for each cycle of the year.

What is your favourite season? Come and tell us on our Facebookpage 

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