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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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Adonis Borgo Résidence Cala Bianca
Reviewed on 13 Sep 2018
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Adonis Borgo Résidence Cala Bianca

Adonis Borgo Résidence Cala Bianca

Lido de la Marana, Borgo, Haute-Corse
     
    3.6 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Still nice place, quiet beach. Wifi is good when the password works

    Hôtel Thalassa Rs5,217
    Reviewed on 6 Jul 2019
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    Hôtel Thalassa

    Hôtel Thalassa

    Lieu Dit Strutta, Saint-Florent, Haute-Corse
       
      4.1 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      The hotel was very relaxing, a lovely pool and very friendly, helpful staff. It was a short walk to the beach. We had thought there might be more places to eat within walking distance but Saint-Florent has good choices and is a short drive away.

      Best Western Corsica Hotel Bastia Centre Rs6,933
      Reviewed on 7 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

        Very friendly and helpful staff with a great sense of humour.

        Grand Hotel Rs4,906
        Reviewed on 9 Jul 2019
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        Grand Hotel

        Grand Hotel

        3 Boulevard Wilson, Calvi, Haute-Corse
           
          3.9 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Great location in the city center, just a block away from the harbor and all the restaurants, bar and stores. The beach and the médiéval part of the city are also walking distance. The reception manager was super nice however the receptionist that checked us out was not professional and rude. The ...

          Adonis Saint Florent - Résidence Citadelle Rs6,351
          Reviewed on 4 Jun 2019
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          Adonis Saint Florent - Résidence Citadelle

          Adonis Saint Florent - Résidence Citadelle

          Route de Calvi - lieu dit Arrechimozzo, Saint-Florent, Haute-Corse
             
            3.8 of 5
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great spot! Would highly recommend! Nice and close to the main area in town, lots of parking and quiet!

            Hôtel Mercure Bastia Biguglia Rs7,650
            Reviewed on 20 May 2019
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            Hôtel Mercure Bastia Biguglia

            Hôtel Mercure Bastia Biguglia

               
              4.5 of 5
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              We stayed for 2 nights before our ferry back to Nice from Bastia and the hotel was perfect for this. The reception staff were excellent and staff in the restaurant were very good on the first night but a bit slower on the second. Great access from the car park to our room, a well thought out ...

              Hôtel Posta Vecchia Rs6,738
              Reviewed on 12 Jul 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

                Near the center, but it was a challenge to find a parking spot

                Les Jardins De La Glaciere Rs8,030
                Reviewed on 15 Jun 2019
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                Les Jardins De La Glaciere

                Les Jardins De La Glaciere

                Gorges de la Restonica, Corte, Haute-Corse
                   
                  4.1 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Beautiful location, next to a wonderful glacier creek. This is a 3 star hotel, so we weren’t expecting more. The rooms were clean, but very basic and I found the beds to be quite hard. Was a real treat though to be able to hear the running water. Staff for the most part was friendly, although one ...

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