5 good reasons to go to Bastia
To see / do
Culture and history
A citadel filled with surprises
The citadel and its palace were initially built when the Genoese Governors arrived in the 15th century. The palace used to be the Governors’ abode, but is now home to Bastia’s History Museum. After visiting it, you can walk around the ramparts and Saint Mary’s church. The richly decorated church is one of the most beautiful in Bastia.
The largest Corsican church
Even visitors who have no particular interest in religious heritage will be charmed by this Baroque construction. Built in the 17th century, the Saint John the Baptist church towers over the Terra Vecchia area, near the port. It is the largest in Corsica. Its marble work, paintings, sculptures and organ are remarkable.
Spectacular natural heritage
A natural gem is located 8 km to the South of Bastia: the Biguglia lake. This nature reserve spread out over close to 2,000 hectares is perfect for observing local fauna and flora. Bird-watching enthusiasts will love it, as the reserve counts over 250 species! The eco-museum is a good starting point for walking around the lake.
An old, lively port
The old port is perfect for lively evening events or a tasty meal. Bars and restaurants boast beautiful terraces which offer a unique setting to admire the sunset. Boats float along the docks, the citadel watches over the entrance and the Saint John the Baptist church towers can be seen up above the market square.
A home-cooked meal at U Paisanu
Are you looking for a friendly, typical restaurant? U Paisanu will delight your taste buds with its authentic cuisine. The products served there are all local, and the delicious cured meats are all home-made. Enjoy a Corsican meal in a tradition setting.
Seaside towns such as Bastia serve a lot of fish and seafood. One of Corsica’s specialities is sardines stuffed with brocciu. The sardines are stuffed with a mixture made of Corsican cheese, egg, chives and garlic. They are then rolled and cooked. To be eaten hot, with a glass of Corsican wine.
Panzarotti, festival fritters
These little fritters are traditionally served during the Saint Joseph Festival on 19 March. Saint Joseph is one of Bastia’s patron saints. Panzarotti are made with chickpea flour and flavoured with orange blossom and lemon. A Corsican delight. Another variant exists, replacing the chickpea flour with rice!
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