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Things to do in Bastia

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The top 22 attractions in Bastia

Harbors in Bastia
Port of Bastia
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Bastia is one of the most important cities of Corsica and therefore also has one of the most important ports of the island. Every day hundreds of cargo ships and travellers come into this French territory. You can always see huge ships that impress. In this area there is a great avenue from which you can enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean, by foot you can reach the most beautiful part of the port, where there are hundreds of small boats moored. Here you can see all kinds of ships, from small sailboats to small boats that depart every day to sea in search of fish. Around this area there are many cafes and restaurants that have a very cozy terraces from which you can enjoy spectacular views. But the nicest thing in Bastia port are the two small lights that owns and which are opposite each other. They are very nice and you can get to them by a kind of gateway that have created among the rocks. It's a real privilege to be in this area and sit on one of the rocks to enjoy the beauty of the sea and the sound of the waves. From the port you can also enjoy beautiful views of the citadel of Bastia nearby.
Squares in Bastia
Place Saint-Nicolas
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St. Nicholas Square is 1 of the hubs of Bastia. This big square has many stores, cafes and restaurants. From the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the square was constructed on water. The Gulf waters were removed to construct the foundation, which caused the collapse of many buildings. There are 2 statues, 1 at each end of the square. 1 of them shows a woman with her son, she sacrifices for the war: in WWI half of the Corsican men died, which leads us to understand the importance of this statue in the center square of Bastia . The other represents Napoleon! It is the only statue of the character that is in all the north of the island (there is a 2nd in the south, in Ajaccio). There is also a kiosk in the middle of the square, from the early 20th century. The place is surrounded by many palaces, which once belonged to wealthy aristocrats.
Of Cultural Interest in Bastia
Las Legendines
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Here's a tour very different from others. This unusual tour aims to surprise visitors with anecdotes and stories about magic and typically Corsican spells and to discover the city of Bastia there is nothing better than the Légendines. The guide, with specific training for this tour, told us significant details without this information many things would have gone completely unnoticed. We learnt about the mysterious legend of the Black Christ of the Corsican brotherhoods and about spells that are always present in traditions such as the "evil eye". In the chapel of the Immaculate Conception, a chapel of Corsican brotherhood that has been used as a church, the guide showed us a confessional hidden in the wood - I never would have thought of opening the door as it was completely concealed in a carved wooden wall. The entire group was totally engrossed with his stories and we were immersed in the world of Corsican culture which is so full of surprises.
Cities in Bastia
Bastia
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Bastia is the 2nd biggest city in Corsica after Ajaccio, but it still has a charm. It is also the biggest city on the island from the economic standpoint and is always full of workers and has a great atmosphere. The most significant area is the square of St. Nicholas, which is next to the harbor and is pedestrian. This square of almost 300 meters has a flea market every Sunday that is interesting and it is surrounded by cafes and restaurants which have a warm terraces where you can enjoy watching the environment. There are also many palm trees that offer shady which is needed in the summer. There are outdoor concerts. The rest of the city center consists of narrow streets that have high buildings are painted with pastels. As the streets are narrow, it is common to see lines ranging from one building to the other, I found it interesting and and it makes you think that you have to get along with the neighbors by force. In Bastia there are also many churches like the Roch ST chapel or church of San Juan Bautista which are worth visiting, especially, St. John the Baptist, which has 2 lovely towers and a huge facade. To reach the highest part of the city, located on a hill, you can take a lovely verdant path that arises before entering the citadel.
Of Cultural Interest in Bastia
Bastia Citadelle
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Bastia, to the north of Corsica, is an amazing city. Full of charm, Bastia is a city with soul. The city is popular, as its inhabitants are mostly sailors and traders. The Citadel, is in the oldest district of the city. It can be found in 17th century homes, and old palaces which were sometimes feuding families. It is worth a stroll through the streets that cross the citadel. For the locals, it is the best way to discover the city. Around every street opens a great panorama of the coast and the port. Or you get to a charming little square, or a church .The Citadel is where they guard the riches, mixture of historical, popular life and Corsican culture. I was seduced by this culture and the Citadel.
Churches in Bastia
Oratoire de l'Immaculée Conception
Bastia lies just before the Cap Corse, in the north of the island of beauty, and is full of surprises. Among them, the chapels of the brotherhoods of Corsican. A real insight into the history of these companies is around common values. They have a goal of helping the community and helping the needy, giving them food, also organized burials, with songs and gifts. It is a cultural link with the population. We discovered the "Oratory of the Immaculate Conception", dedicated to the Virgin, and belonging to the guild of craftsmen of wood. The inside of the chapel is decorated with carved wood, which gives it a warm feeling. This chapel was also used as a church, and there is a confessional behind a wooden door to the right . The door is hidden in the wall, so that it can only be seen in the light. At the entrance, the atrium is made with mosaics, a type of flooring typical of the chapels.
Streets in Bastia
La Corniche
Siuated in the north of Corsica, between Bastia and the city of San Martino di Lota, the Corniche road has outstanding prospects to offer visitors. Walk a tortuous mountain, but it is a pleasure to get lost at the top, without ever losing view of the ocean or the mountains. I lost count of how many times we stopped to take pictures or simply to enjoy the view of the coast or city. This tour is the perfect chance to visit the surrounding towns. There are many villages scattered in the vicinity of the city, each with a singularity of rural Corsica! We arrived at the village of San Martino. We walked Bucolic and charming little streets for a while to see its flowery streets, whose natives are just as charming. A perfect place to enjoy the calmness of nature in a country atmosphere.
Churches in Bastia
Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste
True emblem of the city of Bastia in Corcega, the Church of Saint Jean Baptiste above the old port, is easily recognizable with its two steeples. It is difficult to see on foot, due to the maze of streets. The church can be seen perfectly from the Citadel and the Quays of the Old Port. There we discovered orange facades dating from the baroque era, since the building was built in the seventeenth century. Known as the largest church in Corcega its worth a stop along the way to see it.
Of Cultural Interest in Bastia
Bastia Old Town
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The historic centre of the city of Bastia, Corsica, is somewhat outdated, as you'll see from the facades of the buildings. Despite this, it can be interesting to walk through the old streets to look for something interesting. The streets and alleys may seem like a maze, but Bastia is quite a safe city, as long as you take the usual precautions. You can visit the palace of Bronzini de Caraffa, the largest in the city, the seventeenth century Cathedral of St John the Baptist, and many other buildings of significant historical interest.
Palaces in Bastia
Palais des Gouverneurs
On top of the citadel, the Palace of the Governors is a really impressive and imposing monument. It's a symbol of the city, with its orange walls, and was built on the foundations of an ancient Genoese tower dating back to the fourteenth century. Later the tower was modified into a massive and imposing fortress. A real historical gem, which today, is home to the city's museum.
Gardens in Bastia
Jardin Romieu
Located at the foot of the Bastia citadel, the Jardin Romieu is a key destination when exploring the city. It opened in 1874, and connects the old harbor with the citadel through a pleasant walk in the shade of pine and palm trees. From the lookout, you can enjoy magnificent views of the city and Bastia's port channel, but also from the citadel itself. Do not miss this green and relaxing stop.
Harbors in Bastia
Corsica Ferry
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Corsica is a wonderful island that you should visit a least once in your life. To get there you have two options, boat or plane. Of course it depends on how you like to travel, but personally I recommend that you go by ferry, especially if you can take your own vehicle. Corsica is an island that doesn't have much public transport, so this can be the best way to get around. There are two major companies that make daily trips from France to Corsica, Corsica Ferries, and SNCM. The former is slightly cheaper, and has the very important advantage that you can buy online, while with SNCM you can only book by phone. We chose Corsica Ferries for this reason. The most common routes are from Marseille or Toulon, although there are other cities that you can depart from, and the most frequent destinations in Corsica are Ajaccio, Bastia and Ill Rousse. We went from Toulon to Bastia, and the trip lasted 9 or 10 hours - good thing we took the overnight ferry. The ferries are huge, with everything you can imagine: hundreds of cabins, lounges, four different coffee shops, two restaurants, a games room, an outdoor pool, a playground for the kids, a store, etc. If you take your car, you'll need to get there an hour in advance and wait in the huge queue of five hundred cars or so. In winter, the prices are a pretty good value, but they jump in summer. The views are spectacular, so don't forget your camera.
Historical Monuments in Bastia
Historical Monuments in Bastia
Scala Sancta
Bastia hides a rarity that few people know, and to find it, you can´t be afraid to climb. This pontifical staircase is situated on a hill, in a small church and its history quite interesting. The staircase was a privilege offered by the Pope and there are only a few in the world (in Lourdes, Fatima, ...) in very religious cities. The stairs were granted to the people of Bastia in gratitude for hosting religious exiles (in deplorable living conditions) that refused to take an oath to Napoleon I. The city, not knowing where to put it, hid it while he searched for a place to put this "gift." The Monserato Chapel, on top of the city, was the chosen place. The exterior of the chapel is simple and unextraordinary but this beautiful staircase is covered in red velvet, with a marble statue of the Virgin and a beautiful altar To ask for the forgiveness of your sins, the tradition is to climb the stairs in faith on your knees.
Churches in Bastia
San Michele de Murato
A jewel of Romanesque-Pisan from 1180. Made of green masonry blocks from Bevinco Valley, and White calcara stone.
Churches in Bastia
Cathedrals in Bastia
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Viewpoints in Bastia

The best things to do in Bastia

There are an abundance of things to do in Bastia, a French town on the island of Corsica. There are many places to visit in Bastia, among which are several well-preserved monuments such as the Palace of the Governors, built in the year 1380. The palace is located in a strategic position in the old port of the town.

Another one of the main attractions in Bastia is the Market Square, where visitors can taste and purchase a wide selection of cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and typical products of the island. Also among Bastia attractions are sights such as Baroque churches dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth century, as well as the famous Cathedral of St. Jean Baptiste, built between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

If you're looking for more stuff to do in Bastia, then definitely consider taking a walk through the promenades and gardens, including the famous Romie Gardens, which was built in 1890.

For more things to see in Basita, take a leisurely walk through the streets at night. One of the best Bastia activities includes visiting the variety of nightclubs, where visitors can enjoy some of the best cocktails in town at affordable prices.

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