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Top Choice Bistro in Corte

La Rivière des Vins

Diners flock to this fab bistro, on a staircase climbing from Corte's main street, for its relaxed atmosphere, unbeatable value and sumptuous food. The meat skewers and Corsican sausages, grilled in the open firepla…
Viewpoint in Corte

Belvédère

Perched on a south-facing promontory immediately below the citadel, and reached via a signposted staircase just outside the ramparts, this free-access viewing platform gives stunning views across Corte to the mounta…
Historic Site in Corte

Citadel

Corte’s citadel occupies a stark rocky crag that juts above the Tavignano and Restonica rivers. Its oldest portion – the château known as the Nid d’Aigle, meaning ‘Eagle’s Nest’ – was built at the highest point in 1…
Corsican in Corte

Le 24

Unless you exude the same hip youthful vibe as the staff and other customers, you may feel a little unwelcome in this cooler-than-thou hangout. Stick with it, though, to enjoy that rare bird, a wine bar that serves …
Wine Bar in Corte

La Vieille Cave

Sit round a barrel on a low stool in this jewel of a wine cellar, and let the formidable Emmanuel Simonini guide you through the innumerable vintages on offer, either to sip right there and then with a charcuterie p…
Bar in Corte

Bar de la Haute Ville

Known to all as ‘BHV’, this legendary bar spills out across the town’s small upper square, with local beers on tap and plenty of fine wines too, along with a snack menu. Live local musicians play several nights per …
Museum in Corte

Musée de la Corse

Housed in the converted and expanded former barracks of the citadel, this intriguing museum is devoted to Corsican anthropology rather than history. The two main galleries cover everything from pottery and agricultu…
Square in Corte

Place Gaffory

Below the citadel, place Gaffory is a lively little square that’s dominated by the 15th-century Église de l’Annonciation. The bullet holes that pockmark nearby houses date from Corsica’s war of independence. Napoléo…
Corsican in Corte

Café Le Bip’s

Famed for its gargantuan servings of traditional Corsican country food, this ancient, candlelit stone cellar is a favourite refuge for students from the island’s only university. Find it on the vast open plaza that …
Corsican in Corte

A Scudella

The tables from this friendly Corsican/Italian restaurant stretch into Corte’s main square from a small bright-white dining room in its top corner. As well as rough-hewn charcuterie, fresh meat and fish, and chestnu…