Bastia, the ultimate city of art and history is far too often considered a mere gateway to Corsica. Yet around the port of Bastia are some of the wonders of Baroque art in Corsica and lovely places to live, atmospheres to enjoy on the Vieux-Port and in the alleys of Terra Nova.
Bastia is really a city where it is good to spend time wandering and discovering new places.
The development of the city of Bastia is closely linked to the Republic of Genoa which had chosen this location to place the governors of Corsica between the XIII and the XVIII century. This is how the new citadel was built and called Terra Nova in opposition to the old port, traditionally frequented by the inhabitants of the village of Cardo and therefore called Terra Vecchia.
The best way to visit the city is to stroll in the high city, between the Palace of the governors and architectural marvels such as the churches of Bastia. Then back down to the old port, it is an ever so Mediterranean atmosphere that awaits you to the Place Saint Nicolas, real tourist hub of the city. Take time to survey it and discover all the adjacent lanes. The heart of Bastia beats there.
Spending time in Bastia is also taking time to discover the roads leading to highly symbolic regions of tourism in northern Corsica. Cap Corse to the north or Conca d'Oru to the west are accessible in a few minutes after disembarking from the port.
Bastia is today also a cultural center in Corsica rich in festivals, events and theatrical performances worth spending a few more days.
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The largest square in Corsica is facing the sea and the port. Shaded and open, it is the favorite promenade of many Bastians. Discover the 3 monuments that embellish it: the statue of Napoleon, the bandstand and the war memorial.
Any old town alley you take will always bring you to the old port, emblematic place of the city, overhung on one side by the imposing Church Saint Jean Baptiste and on the other by the Genoese citadel. The old port must be discovered on foot to in order to enjoy its unique atmosphere.
This part of the upper town of Bastia houses the Governor's Palace Museum.It traces in a magnificent setting the history of the city and the region. Do not miss a visit to the Sainte Croix church in Bastia.