Bastia

 
September 27, 2017   France, Bastia
 
 

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.

 
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Staircase to the citadel      
 
Staircase to the citadel      
 
Staircase to the citadel      
 
Vieux Port      
 
Vieux Port      
 
Vieux Port      
 
Bastia Citadel      
 
Bastia Citadel      
 
Bastia Citadel      
 
Stopping for a snack      
 
Stopping for a snack      
 
Stopping for a snack      
 
Bastia street      
 
Bastia street      
 
Bastia street      
 
Bastia      
 
Bastia      
 
Bastia      
 
Old port of Bastia      
 
Old port of Bastia      
 
Old port of Bastia      
 
Lighthouses at entrance of Vieux Port      
 
Lighthouses at entrance of Vieux Port      
 
Lighthouses at entrance of Vieux Port      
 
Jellyfish in the Vieux Port      
 
Jellyfish in the Vieux Port      
 
Jellyfish in the Vieux Port      
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