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Holidays to Northern Corsica

Northern Corsica has many charms: wonderful hiking, gorgeous beaches, breath-taking landscapes and adorable villages with delicious specialities… all this, and more!

Haute-Corse, as it’s known in French, is in the north of the island, as its name suggests, and it has some of Corsica’s most beautiful gems, starting with the northern capital, Bastia. This is not only one of the prettiest regions in France, but it also has a great many activities on offer. Whether you’re an adventurer, a beach bunny or a gourmet food lover, you’ll be glad you made the journey here!

If you arrive in Northern Corsica by plane or boat to Bastia, you can start your trip by exploring the town. Its old fortress, or ‘bastiglia’, which gave the town its name, has a great many surprises in store for you, as does the Old Port. Also not to be missed are the Governors’ Palace and the Romieu Gardens. Lastly, Bastia is also famous for its market, where you will be able to try local charcuterie like coppa and lonzu, as well as delicious Corsican cheeses.

Bastia is a perfect point of departure for a trip around the Cape of Corsica, which you can explore by motorbike or on foot, for more adventurous types and avid hikers. As you cross the spectacular landscape, you will pass numerous picturesque villages by the sea, before finally arriving in the magnificent town of Saint-Florent. Here you will discover another impressive fortress and a gourmet farmers’ market, as well as Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral and the local beaches. Divers will be in their element here! Just outside the town, there is some outstanding scenery and excellent opportunities for walks in the Agriates Desert.

Saint-Florent is also a good starting point for getting to hidden beaches like Lotu and Saleccia, which are difficult to reach but well worth the effort. Other coastal destinations popular with walkers and divers are L’Île-Rousse and, a bit further south, Calvi with its fortress. Hang around and enjoy the laidback lifestyle here, or keep moving and set off on an exploration of the nearby Bonifato Forest.

To get to Northern Corsica, you can get on a plane to Bastia Airport, or travel by ferry from Toulon, Nice or Marseille. Some ferry companies also offer crossings that connect mainland Europe directly to Calvi and L’Île-Rousse.

Hiring a car to get around the island is highly recommended, and there are many places to do this in Bastia. So what are you waiting for? Have a great trip to Northern Corsica!


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Best Western Corsica Hotel Bastia Centre Rs6,020
Reviewed on 26 May 2019
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Best Western Corsica Hotel Bastia Centre

Best Western Corsica Hotel Bastia Centre

20 Avenue Jean Zuccarelli, Bastia, Haute-Corse
     
    4.1 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Nice and handy location and clean rooms with parking

    Hôtel Posta Vecchia Rs4,784
    Reviewed on 19 May 2019
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    Hôtel Posta Vecchia

    Hôtel Posta Vecchia

    1 rue Posta Vecchia, Quai des Martyrs, Bastia, Haute-corse
       
      3.6 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Lovely hotel, situated a short walk only from port and perfect for viewing ferries arriving and departing. Traditional hotel with older style facilities, but comfortable and provide all you need.

      Sud Hotel Rs5,494
      Reviewed on 17 Sep 2018
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      Sud Hotel

      Sud Hotel

         
        4.2 of 5
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Enjoyed a one night stay here. Hotel is quite basic but staff were frienldly and room clean and comfortable. No lift at property. Breakfast was good and taken in a nice patio area. Ample free parking. About 20 minute walk into town.

        Hôtel La Casa Rossa & Spa Rs5,723
        Reviewed on 19 Sep 2018
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        Hôtel La Casa Rossa & Spa

        Hôtel La Casa Rossa & Spa

        Boulevard Pasquini, L'Ile-Rousse
           
          4.5 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Friendly welcome though I arrived late evening by train from Bastia. Roomy studio (slept 3) with good kitchen/dining area and logia terrace with table and chairs. Loo separate from shower room. All standard rooms on first floor, with good-sized integral balconies. Pleasant bar/cafe area, part-covered, ...

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