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Bastia
Travel Guide

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.

Hôtel Port Toga
Hôtel Port Toga
3 out of 5
Rond Point de Toga, Bastia
The price is Rs7,940 per night from 15 May to 15 May
Located in the heart of Bastia, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plage de Toga and Bastia Vieux Port Marina. Port de Bastia and Place St-Nicolas are also ...
4.4/5Excellent! (174 reviews)
"The staff member who checked us in was professional and helpful. Perfect hotel for driving onto the ferry the next day. Excellent, comfortable room conditions."

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2020

Hôtel Port Toga
Hôtel Posta Vecchia
Hôtel Posta Vecchia
3 out of 5
1 rue Posta Vecchia, Quai des Martyrs, Bastia, Haute-corse
The price is Rs43,625 per night from 31 May to 31 May
Located in the heart of Bastia, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Church of St-Jean-Baptiste and Bastia Vieux Port Marina. Place St-Nicolas and UNA Volta ...
3.6/5Good! (321 reviews)
"Nice simple clean and quiet hotel in a good location for buses and trains.Good value for money in Bastia."

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2019

Hôtel Posta Vecchia
Best Western Montecristo
Best Western Montecristo
3 out of 5
Free cancellation
The price is Rs8,013 per night from 24 May to 24 May
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of UNA Volta Cultural Center and Bastia Vieux Port Marina. Place St-Nicolas and Church of St-Jean-Baptiste ...
4.1/5Very Good! (639 reviews)
"Very comfortable hotel. Breakfast is optional but reasonable value."

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

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.
Appartement Ernella
Appartement Ernella
14 avenue Emile Sari, Bastia, Corsica
The price is Rs6,104 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Situated in Bastia, this property is within a 15-minute walk of Place St-Nicolas and Bastia Vieux Port Marina. Port de Bastia and UNA Volta Cultural Center are ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Ernella apartment
"Spacious excellent air con great facilities in apartment great central location"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2018

Appartement Ernella
Volta
Volta
3.5 out of 5
4 rue Impératrice Eugénie, Immeuble lEmpereur, Bastia, Corsica
The price is Rs6,104 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Situated in Bastia, this property is within a 15-minute walk of Place St-Nicolas and Bastia Vieux Port Marina. UNA Volta Cultural Center and Port de Bastia are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (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 Casella
Appartement Casella
14 avenue Emile Sari, Bastia, Corsica
The price is Rs5,729 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Situated in Bastia, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Place St-Nicolas and Bastia Vieux Port Marina. Port de Bastia and UNA Volta Cultural ...
3.7/5Good! (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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17 Oct 2019

Lovely citadel, nice old port, interesting old town section. Some of the buildings are in poor condition externally and there is a limited number of things to see and do in the town. But beautiful mountains, coastline, fishing villages abound locally

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19 May 2019

Lovely city, citadel well worth a visit. Good eateries nearby. I liked Santa Maria not far from hotel. Good food - I recommend the duck!