The bustling port city of Bastia situated on the east coast of the island is the second largest city in Corsica. To the north of Bastia is Cap Corse, a vision of paradise adorned with picturesque fishing villages set against a backdrop of rugged mountainous scenery; it is a haven for walkers or nature hikers.
The Vieux Port is the heart of old Bastia, lined with vibrant bars and outdoor restaurants serving the freshest seafood and fine local produce. Try the muscles, they are exquisite and caught fresh that day straight from the sea, then wash it down with a crisp glass of dry white wine. Chestnuts are also a popular ingredient on the island and often feature in traditional Corsican cuisine.
The area is scattered with religious buildings and baroque churches, including the towering 17th century Saint-Jean Baptiste, the largest church in Corsica to the Cathedral of Sainte Marie which houses a number of paintings and marble statues.
A centuries old citadel sits high on the cliff-tops, previously built by Genoese rulers who used Bastia as their headquarters and is well worth making the journey to the top just for the spectacular views. Spend a day at The Governor’s Palace, also the home of the Bastia Museum with its hordes of maritime artefacts and paintings where you can uncover more about the city’s fascinating history.
Wander through the quaint streets of Bastia’s old town past traditional old houses and vibrant weekday markets or stop by a local café at Place Saint-Nicholas square to relax and watch the world go by.
The peninsula has a number of glorious pebble beaches with unique black sands along its breath-taking coastline and all within walking distance of the city; beach seekers will be in for a treat.
With its unforgettable beauty and quiet slow pace of life offering time to relax, Bastia is the perfect choice for your next holiday to Corsica.
Our Travel Specialist - Sue
Our Bastia and Cap Corse Expert
Sue has been helping clients discover their dream holiday for over 10 years. She loves to travel and has even indulged in an around the world trip.