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France, Corsica, Mediterranean sea, Corse-du-Sud, Sanguinaires Islands, Pointe de La Parata (Parata Point) near Ajaccio

Ajaccio, Corsica, France

Corsica, the "scented isle," was the birthplace of Napoleon, and as late as the last century bands of brigands controlled his mountainous and rugged homeland. The beaches of Ajaccio, ranging from narrow crescents to broad, golden expanses help to account for the city's rise as a popular resort. Such scenic attractions as the Calanches of Piana, those red granite mountains with their spectacular slopes and formations add an additional element of interest.