Capital of Genoese Corsica
Tomasino de Campofregoso began building ramparts around the Bastia in 1480, which favoured the development of a residential district called Terra Nova as opposed to the district of Terra Vecchia whose extension continued around the port (Porto Cardo Bay).
Start your visit by the famous place St Nicolas,
It is one of the largest squares in Europe, lined with bourgeois buildings dating from the 19th century. Wander through one of the many coffee terraces and restaurants where you will have a stunning view of the ballet incessant boats from the mainland and the Italy.
Visit the Cap Corse MATTEI's store, the iconic brand of aperitifs renowned worldwide.
Take Napoleon Street, a shopping and pedestrian artery, it is the gateway to the Terra Vecchia district
You will fall under the spell of the Saint Roch's brotherhood oratory (1604) and then of the Immaculate Conception's brotherhood(1611). Take a tour through the market square (u mercà) that welcomes the market of fresh and local products every Saturday and Sunday morning. You will see Saint Jean Baptiste's church (1666), the largest church in Corsica.
Looking for Citadel and the Old Harbor
Then head to the Old Port to enjoy its many restaurants, glaciers and cafes, but also the nautical activities offered such as scuba diving with www.corsica-sub.fr , jet-ridingski with www.bastiajet.com and boat rides www.cap-corse-croisiere.fr . And if you feel like it, you can pass your boat licence with www.bevp.fr .
Featuring a glass or a fish dish, you will enjoy an exceptional panorama of the Citadelle district and the Governor’s Palace, which houses the History Museum of Bastia.
Push the gates of Sainte Marie Cathedral (1619) and then the Sainte Croix Brotherhood's oratory (1542).
Wander through the streets of the citadel, where you will find workshops of creators, bars and restaurants to refresh you with a drink.
Please respect the places of worship and historical monuments as well as the people who pray there.
To find out more, go to Tourist Office of Bastia www.bastia-tourisme.com
Village of Cardo
Ancestor of the town of Bastia, located on the southern flank of the Fangu valley at an altitude of about 300m, the village dominates the Porto-Cardo Bay (today Old Port).
Cardo, whose foundation would date back to the Middle Ages, has all the characteristics of traditional Corsican rural habitat, roofs in lauzes, furnaces, washings etc. Take the opportunity to visit the Saint Etienne church on the village square.
It is from the village of Cardo that the hiking trail starts to reach the coolers «E Nivere» dating from the 16th and 18th centuries. These structures were used to pile up fresh snow to get ice. The resulting ice was cut into ice breads and sold to Bastia.