September 27, 2017
Bastia is a hilly Corsican town, squeezed between the Mediterranean and the Serra di Pignu, a 960 m (3,150 ft) mountain.
Bastia has a charming and walk-able old town (assuming you don't mind stairs), with many blocks of fashionable stores and cafes.
Though Ajaccio gets more attention in the guidebooks I preferred Bastia. It is just as charming plus it feels less touristy.
Two highlights were the Vieux Port and the Terra Nova neighborhood.
The Vieux Port or old harbor is chock-a-block with boats. It is ringed by cafes. The Eglise St-Jean Baptiste towers overhead.
The Terra Nova neighborhood features a citadel, the Cathedrale Ste-Marie, and great views of the city and the blue sea.
The citadel was built to satisfy the city's Genoese masters many centuries ago.
Lighthouses at entrance of Vieux Port
Jellyfish in the Vieux Port