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 incessant ballet of 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 find the U paese grocery store there, since 1977, the U Paese team selects the best of Corsican handcrafted products from small local producers.
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. Sitting around a glass or a fish dish, you will enjoy an exceptional panorama of the Citadelle district and the Palais des Gouverneurs, which houses the Bastia History Museum.
Push the doors of the Cathedral of Saint Mary (1619) and then those of the oratory of the Confraternity of the Holy Cross (1542), stroll through the streets of the citadel, where you will find creative workshops, bars and restaurants to refresh you over a drink.
To find out more
Bastia Tourist Office 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.