Facing east towards the Tuscan coast, Bastia is a lively town which has the inimitable charm of old Mediterranean cities, with its narrow streets lined by lofty houses. Built on Terra Nova rock (the citadel) and overlooks the old port and fishing village of Cardo.
The Old Port
Nested in a narrow cove, it is a great place to start a visit, with a stroll around the harbour to see the colorful buildings, almost reminiscent of those in Venice, clustered around the fishing and pleasure port. Many bar-cafes and restaurants are located on its quays whose streets are pedestrian access only in summer.
The Citadel of Bastia
The walk to the citadel passes through the gardens (le Jardin Romieu), and the once-very-posh houses of the Terra Nova district. Unmissable, the grand 14th century Governor's Palace hosting the Ethnographic Museum, and the church of Sainte-Marie de l'Assomption and the Baroque Oratoire-Sainte-Croix with its "black Christ".
To the north of Bastia is Cap Corse, an interesting peninsula to explore with small fishing villages attractively set against a backdrop of mountains in picturesque settings. Several splendid points of view are available to you, as well as some magnificent beaches you will discover during your visit.
Saint Nicolas place
Located opposite the commercial port, it is the heart of the city. One of the largest in France, measuring 300 by 90 meters, and surrounded with century-old palm trees. There are many cafes and shops to stroll around, and the city's flea market.