Centuries of Genoese rule has left an indelible stamp on the small commune. Ensconced in the island of Corsica, the bewitching city of Bastia is the second busiest port in France.
Le Vieux Port
Walk along the pier to admire the fleet of ships swaying gently on the breeze.
This citadel was constructed at the bidding of Genoese governor Leonello Lomellini between 14th and 16th century. It harbors the Palace of the Governors, and the grand churches of Église Sainte-Croix and Cathédrale Sainte-Marie within its mighty walls.
The ramparts suffered a few heavy blows from bombings during the Second World War, but have now been restored to their former glory.
Le Palais des Gouverneurs
Formerly the seat of power of Genoese governors and a defensive watchtower, the Palace of Governors is now listed as a Historic Monument.
Musée de Bastia
Get an inside look into the glorious past of the historical city at the Museum of Bastia, located in the Palace of Governors.
Église St-Jean Baptiste
The 17th century, twin-towered church is the largest in Corsica, and is the epitome of Genoese architecture.
Lounge around the gorgeous beaches in Bastia, including Plage de Miomo, L'Arinella, and the ones in the Cap Corse peninsula.
Of course, how could a trip to a beach be complete without diving and snorkeling?
Teeming with shops, cafes and 19th century townhouses, the magnificent square is the home of an elegant statue of Napoleon, disguised as a Roman emperor.
Glacières de Cardo
An invigorating hike from the charming village of Cardo will reward you with a breathtaking view of the surrounding nature and a reminder of Bastia’s Genoese heritage. You’ll find two ice houses in a surprisingly good condition from the 16th and 19th century respectively, along with information on the way they worked in the past.