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 Mountain in L’Alta Rocca

Aiguilles de Bavella

The Col de Bavella (Bavella Pass; 1218m) is overlooked by the imposing silhouette of one of southern Corsica's most striking and beautiful landscape features: the sharp points of the Aiguilles de Bavella (Bavella Ne…
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…
Top Choice Historic Site in Calvi


Crowning a lofty promontory, Calvi’s massive fortified citadel offers superb wraparound views from its five bastions. Built by the town’s Genoese governors, it has fended off everyone from Franco-Turkish raiders to …
Top Choice Historic Site in Bonifacio & Around


Much of Bonifacio’s charm comes from strolling the citadel’s shady streets, several spanned by arched aqueducts designed to collect rainwater to fill the communal cistern opposite Église Ste-Marie Majeure. From the …
Cathedral in Ajaccio

Cathédrale Ste-Marie

The 16th-century cathedral contains Napoléon’s baptismal font and the Vierge au Sacré-Cœur (Virgin of the Sacred Heart) by Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863).
Art Museum in Ajaccio

Palais Fesch – Musée des Beaux-Arts

One of the island’s must-sees, this superb museum established by Napoléon’s uncle has France’s largest collection of Italian paintings outside the Louvre. Mostly the works of minor or anonymous 14th- to 19th-century…
Museum in Ajaccio

Maison Bonaparte

Napoléon spent his first nine years in this house. Ransacked by Corsican nationalists in 1793, requisitioned by English troops from 1794 to 1796, and eventually rebuilt by Napoléon’s mother, the house became a place…
Museum in Ajaccio

Salon Napoléonien

Fans of Napoléon will make a beeline for this tiny museum on the 1st floor of the Hôtel de Ville. It exhibits Napoléonic medals, busts and portraits, Napoléon's death mask and a fabulously frescoed ceiling of the ge…