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.

Hotel Napoléon
Hotel Napoléon
2 out of 5
The price is £46 per night from 25 Feb to 26 Feb
Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps away from Place St-Nicolas and UNA Volta Cultural Center. Church of St-Jean-Baptiste and Romieu Gardens are also ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (116 reviews)
"Clean hotel well located in Bastia - the room is small - it was a convenient place to stay as we were taking the train"

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2020

Hotel Napoléon
Best Western Montecristo
Best Western Montecristo
3 out of 5
Fully refundable
The price is £70 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
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! (686 reviews)
"Insgesamt alles gut, aber beim Duschen hat man das halbe Bad unter Wasser gesetzt."

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2021

Best Western Montecristo
Hôtel Port Toga
Hôtel Port Toga
3 out of 5
Rond Point de Toga, Bastia
The price is £75 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan
Located in the heart of Bastia, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Port de Bastia, Plage de Toga and Place St-Nicolas. UNA Volta Cultural Center and Church ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (200 reviews)
"Nice location to enjoy city center of Bastia"

Reviewed on 3 Jun 2021

Hôtel Port Toga
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Volta
Volta
4 rue Impératrice Eugénie, Immeuble lEmpereur, Bastia, Corsica
The price is £63 per night from 4 Feb to 5 Feb
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 Casella
Appartement Casella
14 avenue Emile Sari, Bastia, Corsica
The price is £68 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
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
conditioned apartment in a private residence with private car
conditioned apartment in a private residence with private car
Résidence Ste Andrée route Royale, Bastia, Corsica
This family-friendly Bastia apartment building is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of L'Arinella Beach, Oratory of Monserrato and Musee de Bastia. Place ...
4/5 Very Good! (4 reviews)
Très agréable
"Nous avons été enchanté de cette ebergement bon emplacement pour toutes commodités remercions pour l attention du propriétaire"

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2020

conditioned apartment in a private residence with private car
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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