Bastia

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Bastia which includes a coastal town and a marina

On Corsica’s northeast coast is a port city with an atmospheric old harbor, historic citadel, lively markets and Mediterranean beaches.

Bastia is a lively, picturesque port city on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Visit to experience an authentic glimpse into modern-day Corsica amid the fading grandeur of architectural masterpieces. Established by the Genoese in the late 1300s, Bastia is Corsica’s former capital. The city sits on the island’s northeast coast, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and backed by rolling mountains.

Bastia’s city center is compact and comfortable to explore on foot. Start at Place St.-Nicolas, a large tree-lined square facing the city’s ferry port. Spot statues and monuments, shop at weekly flea markets or people-watch from one of the many café terraces. Enjoy shopping at the boutiques on nearby Boulevard Paoli and Rue César Campinchi.

Stroll south along busy Rue Napoléon, which leads from Place St.-Nicolas into the warren-like streets of the Vieux Port (Old Port). Visit historic landmarks, such as magnificent Church of St. Jean Baptiste. Browse stalls of a daily farmers market at Place du Marché and watch colorful fishing boats in the harbor. Try traditional Corsican cuisine, such as sanglier (wild boar), at the waterfront restaurants.

Climb the grand staircase connecting the Vieux Port with the Terra Nova, Bastia’s ancient citadel characterized by narrow lanes and amber-hued façades. Go to Place du Donjon and admire the Genoese-built Governor’s Palace, which houses the Musée de Bastia (Bastia Museum). Enjoy sweeping views of the Vieux Port, coastline and mountains from the palace’s garden. Admire the ornate interiors of the Cathedral of St. Marie and the Oratory of La Sainte Croix.

Relax on sandy beaches, swim in clear water and enjoy watersports along Bastia’s Mediterranean coastline. A short drive from the city center is family-friendly L’Arinella Beach and the unspoiled 10-mile-long (16-kilometer) La Marana Beach.

Reach Bastia by flying to Bastia-Poretta Airport or catching a ferry from mainland France and Italy. In addition to its natural and historical attractions, Bastia also provides a gateway to Cap Corse, a striking peninsula of beaches, mountains and pretty fishing villages.

Sud Hotel
Sud Hotel
2 out of 5
The price is Rs5,728 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of L'Arinella Beach, Eglise Ste-Marie and Place du Donjon. Musee de Bastia and Oratoire de la Confrerie ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (338 reviews)
"Indeed the staff is really nice, there's easy free parking, cute rooftop, ac and the rooms are clean but I don't know if we were unlucky as our room was quite small and the shower space was the tinniest I've ever seen. It's a convenient stay for one night only but don't expect super comfortable."

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2020

Sud Hotel
Hôtel des Gouverneurs
Hôtel des Gouverneurs
4 out of 5
3 bis rue des Turquines, Bastia
The price is Rs14,877 per night from 19 Oct to 19 Oct
Located in the heart of Bastia, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bastia Vieux Port Marina and Place St-Nicolas. Port de Bastia and La Marana Beach are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (101 reviews)
"Beautiful property with very professional staff. The room has been set up for our romantic stay, thank you for the « wow effect ». Great location also"

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2021

Hôtel des Gouverneurs
Best Western Montecristo
Best Western Montecristo
3 out of 5
Fully refundable
The price is Rs7,142 per night from 28 Oct to 28 Oct
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of UNA Volta Cultural Center and Place St-Nicolas. Church of St-Jean-Baptiste and Bastia Vieux ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (658 reviews)
"Insgesamt alles gut, aber beim Duschen hat man das halbe Bad unter Wasser gesetzt."

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2021

Best Western Montecristo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Volta
Volta
4 rue Impératrice Eugénie, Immeuble lEmpereur, Bastia, Corsica
The price is Rs4,104 per night from 6 Nov to 6 Nov
Situated in Bastia, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Place St-Nicolas, Port de Bastia and UNA Volta Cultural Center. Plage de Toga and Church ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Très bien
"Olivier avait envoyé toutes les informations nécessaires pour l'arrivée. L'appartement est très bien entretenu, propre, bien aménagé et équipé. C'était très agréable d'y séjourner. Très bien placé dans Bastia, on peut tout faire à pied."

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2020

Volta
Appartement Ernella
Appartement Ernella
14 avenue Emile Sari, Bastia, Corsica
Situated in Bastia, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Place St-Nicolas, Port de Bastia and UNA Volta Cultural Center. Plage de Toga and Church ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Ernella apartment
"Spacious excellent air con great facilities in apartment great central location"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2018

Appartement Ernella
Appartement Casella
Appartement Casella
14 avenue Emile Sari, Bastia, Corsica
The price is Rs5,301 per night from 13 Nov to 13 Nov
Situated in Bastia, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Place St-Nicolas, Port de Bastia and UNA Volta Cultural Center. Plage de Toga and Church ...
3.7/5 Good! (3 reviews)
"The lift was a bit old and small. No smoke detectors in apartment. The kitchen was great. Would have been better if there had been a sofa to sit on to watch tv"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2019

Appartement Casella
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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