Bastia is located in the Haute Corse department. The entire island of Corsica is mountainous with many beautiful beaches. The climate is typically Mediterranean with long, sunny and dry summers with a maximum of 36°c and an average water temperature of 25°c.
The easiest way to access to Bastia is certainly by plane. Bastia-Poretta International Airport is located only 25 minutes away from Bastia. There are low costs and regular international flights from Manchester airport, Bristol airport, East midlands airport, and London’s Stansted and Gatwick airports. Bastia is also accessible by the sea from the Cote d’Azur. There are regular lines from Marseille, Toulon or Nice which are a three hour ride.
Activities and History
Cultural and baroque, Bastia is a beautiful old town located in the North-East of Corsica. Situated between sea and mountains, the city offers about 340 days of sunshine with frequent winds. With outstanding views on the Mediterranean Sea, Bastia was born in 1378 thanks to a Genovese governor who ordered the building of straight streets according to the Genovese traditions. The town is built like an Amphitheatre around its famous port which is the first port in the Mediterranean Sea. Rich in history, the town can satisfied every visitor, from cultural activities to sports. There are plenty of old monuments such as the Sainte-Marie Church, built in 1495, the stronghold and the ethnographic museum. In term of sports, Bastia offers outstanding marine landscapes and little creeks for those who enjoy swimming, diving, fishing. As the town is also surrounded by mountains, there is also the possibility to explore the countryside by climbing, hiking or horse-riding.
If visitors want to take a break and taste the local specialities, Saint-Nicolas is the place to be. The plaza offers lot of restaurants and traditional markets by which to discover the excellence of the Corsican charcuterie such as the Coppa and the Prisuttu and Corsican cheeses such as the A Filetta and the Brocciu. Sweet recipes can also be found like honey, Fritelli – a doughnut made with chestnut flour – and Canistrelli – a traditional biscuit made with lemon, chestnut and anise. The area is also famous for its Corsican wines like the Sartene and the Cap Corse Mattei – a wine and cinchona-based aperitif.
Le Pressoir – Quartier Toga – 20600 Bastia – 04 95 32 34 96 – 24€
Le Lavezzi – 8, Rue Saint Jean – 20600 Bastia – 04 95 31 05 73 – 22€
La Tomate noire – 33, Rue César Campinchi – 20600 Bastia – 04 95 55 16 41 – 15€ to 30€
This is a wonderful area to enjoy, whether as a holiday or on a more permanent basis. Do you want to be at the heart of things in town or do you prefer something away from it all? How big a property do you require? What sort of budget? Discuss all these things with a good local bi-lingual estate agent such as one linked to Sextant properties. We will not only be able to answer your questions and point you in the right direction, but we will also accompany you on viewings. So, once that delicious meal has been digested why not contact them soon.