Top Choice Harbour in Bastia

Vieux Port

Bastia’s Vieux Port is ringed by pastel-coloured tenements and buzzy brasseries, as well as the twin-towered Église St-Jean Baptiste. The best views of the harbour are from the Citadelle or from the hillside park of…
Top Choice Historic Site in Bastia

Terra Nova

Above Jardin Romieu looms Bastia’s amber-hued citadel, built from the 15th to 17th centuries as a stronghold for the city’s Genoese masters. Inside, the Palais des Gouverneurs houses the Musée de Bastia, which retra…
Top Choice Historic Site in Bastia

Terra Vecchia

A spiderweb of narrow lanes, Terra Vecchia is Bastia’s heart and soul. Shady place de l’Hôtel de Ville hosts a lively morning market on Saturday and Sunday. One block west, baroque Chapelle de l’Immaculée Conception…
Square in Bastia

Place St-Nicolas

Bastia’s buzzing focal point is 19th-century place St-Nicolas, a gigantic asphalt-covered square that sprawls along the seafront between the ferry port and the harbour. Named after the patron saint of sailors – a no…
Church in Bastia

Chapelle de l’Immaculée Conception

Don’t miss the baroque Chapelle de l’Immaculée Conception, with its elaborately painted barrel-vaulted ceiling; it briefly served as the seat of the short-lived Anglo-Corsican parliament in 1795.
Church in Bastia

Chapelle St-Roch

The Chapelle St-Roch is known for its 18th-century organ and trompe l’œil roof.
Church in Bastia

Église Ste-Croix

The Église Ste-Croix features gilded ceilings and a mysterious black-oak crucifix, which was found in the sea in 1428.
Church in Bastia

Cathédrale Ste-Marie

Bastia's cathedral dates back to the 17th century and is one of the most richly ornate churches in the city.
Museum in Bastia

Musée de Bastia

Just outside the Citadelle gates, this museum retraces Bastia's history.
Statue in Bastia

Statue of Napoléon Bonaparte

This Napoléon statue serves as the centrepiece (albeit slightly south of centre) in Bastia's largest downtown square.