Ajaccio's Napoleon Bonaparte Airport celebrates the city's link with Corsica's most famous son. The French empire-builder was born in this city. If you pick up a hire car at Ajaccio Airport you'll find it stands on flat land at the centre of the Gulf of Ajaccio, three miles east of the city. The N193 road leads straight from the terminal to the waterfront city, which is Corsica's largest. This French-owned island stands in the Mediterranean, 200 miles southeast of Marseille. Its capital, the historic harbour city of Ajaccio, stands on the west coast, sheltered at the foot of wooded mountains.