Is Corsica a destination that fascinates you? Do you find yourself dreaming of relaxing on beaches with turquoise waters?
Are you longing to travel to the heart of its unspoilt and enchanting nature? Take the plunge and book your flight from Lyon to Bastia, the gateway to the northern part of the Isle of Beauty.
The port city, which is classed as a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire (Town of Art and History), is separated into two districts: Terra Vecchia, shaped by Genoese heritage and filled with legacy treasures, and Terra Nova, with its grid layout, lends itself to the most serene of promenades. This is a perfect starting point for those who are looking to immerse themselves in the proud island culture before heading towards the treasures of Haute-Corse, from Corte to Saint-Florent, from Calvi to Cap Corse.
Useful information about Bastia
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Stroll along the Old Port at dawn
In Bastia, you don't need to choose between sea and mountains. The largest town in the north of Corsica has both! The Old Port with its natural shelter has given way to more modern structures. A walk along the quayside as the sun rises will still be a moment to treasure forever.
Walk to the top of the citadel
Built in the 16th century, this jewel of Genoese architecture houses the Governors' Palace and Sainte-Marie Church. The citadel forms the Terra Nova district. Discover the district at your leisure, wandering its streets to find the ramparts, from where you can take in the breathtaking ocean views.
Taste the local food
The Mercat de la Boqueria is the heart of the city. This covered market welcomes tourists and locals every day from 6am to 9pm to find the best fresh products. Between stalls, restaurants, tasting and cocina courses at will, don't forget to taste the famous fresh fruit juice.
Relax over a drink in St. Nicholas Square
Having admired the statue of Bonaparte, one of Corsica's most famous figures, in St Nicholas Square, head towards Cave Mattei, where you can taste the region's top speciality, Cap Corse. This aperitif is made from the medicinal plant cinchona
Explore Cap Corse
Cap Corse is not just a delicious beverage! It is also the name of the territory that stretches to the north of an imaginary line between Bastia and Saint-Florent, a small corner of paradise that remains off the main tourist route and home to a number of small traditional villages (Centuri, Pino and others) and idyllic beaches (such as Nonza and Barcaggio).
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A real gem for history and heritage enthusiasts, its citadel overlooks 6km of paradisiacal beaches