The Northeast Coast attractions

Top Choice Old Town in Bastia

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 Nova, despite looking much older than the lower town, it’s la…
Top Choice Old Town in Bastia

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 Sunday. One block west, baroque Chapelle de l’Immaculée Concepti…
Top Choice Harbour in Bastia

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 Baptiste. The best views of the harbour are from the citadel or t…
Museum in Bastia

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 early days as a Roman trading port. Expect plenty of busts an…
Tower in Nonza

Tour de Nonza

Atop a footpath that winds up between the rocks opposite the church, the stark Tour de Nonza is an 18th-century structure erected on the ruins of a Genoese watchtower. In 1768, a single defender managed to hold off …
Church in Bastia

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 iconic photo op in Bastia.
Square in Bastia

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 Bastia. Lined with plane trees, it’s named after the patron …
Cathedral in St-Florent

Santa Maria Assunta

The remarkable Romanesque church of Santa Maria Assunta, 800m inland and known as ‘Cathedral of the Nebbio’, dates from 1140, when Corsica was under Pisan rule.
Church in Bastia

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 a bishop who died in office and is buried here.
Park in Bastia

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 walking route up from, or down to, the old port.