14 essential visits to Bastia, Corsica!

Corsica offers a wonderful setting for a vacation. You can enjoy both the sea and the mountains. Benefit from your island stay to discover Bastia, a town with character on the mountainside!

Bastia is a city has a rich history On Beauty Island. He’ll probably surprise you with it too sweetness of life and preserved heritage. So let yourself be tempted by booking your spot. Flight from Paris to Bastia ! Meanwhile, we bring you a list of the best activities and visits to do or see in Bastia.

Wander around the Old Port

Less known than its Marseille counterpart, Bastia Old Port is still well worth a stroll! Surrounded by colorful facades reminiscent of Italypreserved the character of the past. Sit on the piers while eating ice cream and watch the boats come and go.

Bastia's Old Port
Old Port of Bastia © pkazmierczak

Set sail to admire Bastia

Why not take advantage of your accommodation? boat trip ? Such an activity will allow you to discover Bastia and Cap Corse in an original way, sailing through the azure waters of the Mediterranean.

Bastia seen from the sea
Bastia seen from the sea © Bernard Favril

Wander the narrow streets of the castle

The Castle, also called Terra-Nova, is one of the must visits in Bastia. The fact that the city was built shortly after its foundation bears witness to its history. Wandering around this district, you will discover picturesque streets and colorful facades. Take advantage of the unique atmosphere that reigns there by getting lost in its streets.

Castle to be built in Bastia
castle © olezzo

Visit the Bastia Historical Museum

This city ​​history museum An interesting visit to Bastia to learn more about the prefecture of Haute-Corse. turned into shape Inside the Palace of Governors, itself is located within the walls of the Castle. You will discover how the city was created on the initiative of the Republic of Genoa and its evolution over the centuries.

Museum to do in Bastia
History Museum © Charlotte

Sunbathe on the beaches of Bastia

Relaxing on the beach is one of the best activities to do in Bastia. temperate climate who rules there. You will choose between the most beautiful of the island of beauty, several spots located around the city. We can specifically specify Arinella beachat the same time Pietracorbara.

Pietracorbara beach
Pietracorbara beach © e55evu

Discover Corsican gastronomy

Corsica has a strong identity like its gastronomy. It would be a shame not to take advantage of your stay. taste local specialties ! Fortunately, Bastia has some very good places to taste delicious. brocciu or azimu-based dishesCorsican meaning of bouillabaisse.

Corsican cheeses
Corsican cheeses © Stéphan Raymond

Soak up the atmosphere of the market

Every weekend, local producers happily present their products in the market place. Take advantage of your visit to stock up Corsican cheeses and charcuteriealso to taste the delicious canistrelli (traditional biscuits).

Bastia market
Bastia market © seb hovaguimian

Enter the largest church in Corsica

on the edge of the market square John the Baptist Church, the largest in Corsica. Admire its façade and two bell towers, clearly visible from the Old Port, then richly decorated interior.

bastia church
L’église de Bastia © Sérgio Nogueira

Go shopping on Napoleon Street

Napoleon Street a historic shopping street in the city. You can mingle with the locals for afternoon shopping. Take the opportunity to admire the colorful buildings that line this pedestrian street.

Bastia's colorful facades
Bastia’s colorful facades © JFBRUNEAU

Have a drink at Place Saint-Nicolas

It is pleasant to have a drink or enjoy a pastry, in the shade of palm trees From Place Saint-Nicolas. It is a place where residents of the city like to meet from morning to night. Moreover, here Bastia’s lungand many events are held here throughout the year.

The place to do Saint-Nicolas in Bastia
Place Saint-Nicolas © guillaumecd

Go green in Romieu garden

If you visit Bastia in summer, you will enjoy the refreshment this small garden has to offer. Located above the Old Harbor. You can also observe a beautiful view of the latter descending. imposing staircase separates these two places.

Romieu garden to be built in Bastia
Le Jardin Romieu © Gzen92 / Wikimedia Commons

Find the best viewpoints

Bastia is a sloping town that slowly rises towards the mountains. This physiognomy offers beautiful views of the city and the sea that surrounds it. Find out to be surprised The most beautiful shots to take in Bastia. If you are driving, feel free to leave the city to admire the city from above!

View of Bastia from above
Bastia seen from above © bolga2b

Go to one of the perched villages around Bastia

As you move further away from Bastia centre, you will quickly reach wild landscapes. In the midst of these are perched hamlets, guardians of the Corsican spirit. To leave Soak up the peaceful atmosphere from one of these character villages like Pietrabugno villas or the Furians.

village of Furiani
Furiani village © bolga2b

Fly over Cap Corse at ULM

As you ascend to the height, you can admire the beauty of Corsica city and its surroundings. ULM is the perfect way to explore Cap Corse and is one of the best activities to do in Bastia. benefit amazing color tones It is presented to you between the azure blue of the Mediterranean and the green of the vegetation covering the surrounding hills.

Fly over Cap Corse
Flying over Cap Corse © Martin

Useful information

Here is some practical information to prepare for your visit to Bastia!

  • When to go to Bastia? It is best to visit Bastia between April and September to take advantage of the mild weather. See year-round weather trends for more details.
  • How to get there? To get to Bastia from the mainland, you will have two options: ferry and planeequipping the city with a port and an airport.
  • How to go? Bastia is a human-scale city that you can easily navigate on foot. However, it has significant heights and it can be interesting to use the bus network to reach the high points of the city.

Bastia’s must-haves… and beyond?

A day or two will be enough to visit Bastia. Take advantage of the days ahead to discover the must-haves of the Island of Beauty! Whether you are a gastronomy lover or looking for beautiful pictures, you will find your happiness in Corsica.

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