Must-see attractions in Bastia

  • Bastia Citadel street.

    Terra Nova


    Looming above the harbour, Bastia’s stern-walled citadel was built between the 15th and 17th centuries for the city’s Genoese masters. Known as the Terra…

  • Old port and church of St. John the Baptist in Bastia, Corsica, France.

    Vieux Port


    Bastia’s Vieux Port is ringed by precariously tall, pastel-coloured tenements and buzzy brasseries, and overlooked by the twin-towered Église St-Jean…

  • Terra Vecchia


    Criss-crossed by 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…

  • The Governors Palace in the citadel, Bastia, Corsica, France.

    Musée de Bastia


    Occupying the former palace of Bastia’s Genoese governors, set into the formidable walls of the citadel, this museum retraces the city’s history from its…

  • Église St-Jean Baptiste


    The dramatic twin-towered church of John the Baptist soars majestically above the Vieux Port waterfront. Viewed from the citadel above, it’s the most…

  • Place St-Nicolas


    The 19th-century place St-Nicolas, an enormous paved square that sprawls from the ferry port towards the old harbour, is the focus of the everyday life of…

  • Cathédrale Ste-Marie


    Dating from the early 17th century, Bastia's richly ornate cathedral stands in the heart of the citadel. Seven caps hang over the choir, each belonging to…

  • Jardin Romieu


    Climbing the hillside below the mighty walls of the citadel, and threaded through by interlacing paths and stairways, this wooded park makes a scenic…

  • Église Ste-Croix


    Adjoining and slightly predating the Cathédrale Ste-Marie, the rococo Église Ste-Croix features gilded ceilings and a mysterious black-oak crucifix, said…

  • Chapelle de l’Immaculée Conception


    Notable for its elaborately painted barrel-vaulted ceiling, the baroque Chapelle de l’Immaculée Conception served in 1795 as the seat of the short-lived…

  • Chapelle St-Roch


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

  • Statue of Napoléon Bonaparte


    Depicting Napoléon in the guise of a Roman god, this statue occupies pride of place in Bastia's largest square.