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Located on the north-east coast of Corsica, Bastia faces Italy but has a French soul.
This city is the most important port on the island and boasts an impressive location, backed by the hills of the Cap Corse peninsula and with easy access to charming fishing villages and long sandy beaches.
Spacious and tree-lined Place St-Nicolas is one of the biggest public squares in France and a popular meeting-place. Sip on a coffee at one of the many pavement cafés around the edge, watch a performance at the bandstand and shop for bargains at the Sunday flea market.
Stroll through the old quarter of Terra Vecchia on your way to the Vieux Port. This old harbour area is lined with bars and restaurants – perfect for an evening of promenading and people-watching. Dominating the skyline is the fortified citadel of Bastia, containing the 14th century Governor’s Palace which is now home to the city museum.
Surrounding the citadel is the area known as Terra Nova, where you’ll find two of Bastia’s most beautiful churches. The Cathédrale Ste-Marie boasts rich decoration, statues and Old Master paintings, while the Église Ste-Croix features gilded ceilings and a mysterious black crucifix which was found in the sea in the 15th century.