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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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Hôtel La Casa Rossa & Spa
Reviewed on 7 Oct 2019
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Hôtel La Casa Rossa & Spa

Hôtel La Casa Rossa & Spa

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

    Beautiful hotel. Very relaxed. Nice friendly staff. Room was clean and comfortable. Will definitely stay again.

    Hôtel Posta Vecchia Rs3,799
    Reviewed on 15 Sep 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 Stars

      Nice simple clean and quiet hotel in a good location for buses and trains.Good value for money in Bastia.

      Best Western Plus Santa Maria Rs5,908
      Reviewed on 29 Sep 2019
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      Best Western Plus Santa Maria

      Best Western Plus Santa Maria

      route du port BP 107, L'Ile-Rousse, Haute-Corse
         
        4.5 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nice spacious room with large bed and shower. Modern and clean.

        Hôtel Mercure Bastia Biguglia Rs6,379
        Reviewed on 17 Jul 2019
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        Hôtel Mercure Bastia Biguglia

        Hôtel Mercure Bastia Biguglia

           
          4.6 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          After travelling overnight to Corsica we were looking for a hotel to relax in for the day before starting our hiking holiday. The rooms we're lovely and clean. Friendly staff and a fantastic spa! Only thing they could improve on is a vegan option on the menu but as we found this is hard to find in ...

          Hôtel Cyrnea
          Reviewed on 7 Sep 2019
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          Hôtel Cyrnea

          Hôtel Cyrnea

          Avenue Christophe Colomb, Route Nationale 197, Calvi
             
            4.5 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Friendly staff, convenient location, easy to find.

            Hôtel Il Tramonto
            Reviewed on 13 Oct 2018
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            Hôtel Il Tramonto

            Hôtel Il Tramonto

            Route de Porto, Calvi, Haute Corse
               
              4.0 of 5
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Good basic hotel about 10 minutes from the center of Calvi. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful. And they have plenty of parking. The breakfasts were ok--just some bread and croissants. The hotel was not accepting credit cards on any days during out stay, so if you stay here you may have to ...

              Hotel Mariana Rs5,483
              Reviewed on 26 Jun 2019
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              Hotel Mariana

              Hotel Mariana

              Avenue Santa Maria, Calvi, Haute-Corse
                 
                4.3 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Really nice hotel with all amenities, kettle, safe, balcony up a steep hill, close to train station and an easy walk to Calvi citadel. Outstanding feature was roof terrace and swimming pool which was shared with posher sister hotel. Nice bakery underneath the hotel for those who don't want to try ...

                Best Western Corsica Hotel Bastia Centre
                Reviewed on 19 Jul 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 Stars

                  Really modern,nice and clean place with perfect family room.Good kitchen, very kind waiter even he could have needed a hand when restaurant was full.