If you've never been to Ajaccio before you could be surprised by just how like the Côte d'Azur it feels. There's a cool and cosmopolitan atmosphere and it's even got a large marina where you'll see some incredible yachts at their moorings. That's not to say that it doesn't also have a distinctly Corsican character too with buildings in mellow stone and a fierce feeling of island nationalism wherever you go. The city has plenty of cafés and restaurants to choose from or you can head out a few miles to the west – easy if you're renting a car in Ajaccio – and discover the fashionable Route des Sanguinaires.