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Bastia Area Holidays

Sun, sea and foodie fun in Corsica

Offering the best of charming Corsica, Bastia is a lively port city on the island’s northeastern side. Bastia holidays offer plenty of history, fine cuisine and glorious weather. Not only is there masses to keep culture lovers happy at this buzzing resort, including an impressive citadel, picturesque harbour and historic churches, but it’s also a good base for beach-hopping and exploring the rest of the island’s attractions.

Known for its seafood and hearty cuisine, holidays to Bastia are a dream for foodie families and couples, with restaurants serving up generous portions of boar and lamb or the local catch of the day. Be sure to pair your dinner with one of the island’s delicious regional wines. A place where you can enjoy fine food, spectacular beaches nearby and the outdoor pursuits of the rugged interior should you fancy an adventure out of the city, holidays to Bastia guarantee a memorable Corsican experience.

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Your Bastia questions, answered

Very much so. Bastia itself has beautiful winding alleys and historic churches, and the quaint fishing villages of Cap Corse are nearby. Further afield, Corsica’s pine-forested inland is staggeringly pretty.
Corsican food is legendary and the wine is equally good. The island is famous for its hearty meat dishes, but coastal towns such as Bastia also excel at seafood.
The most popular months for Bastia holidays are July and August when the weather can reach 30°C and there’s little rain. It’s less pricey to visit in May or June when you'll still have warm, dry weather and more space on the beaches. These months are also good for festivals and cultural events. World Music Day in June brings parties to the streets. You could also consider September, which is still warm enough for beach days but with shorter queues for attractions.
Bastia doesn’t have a town beach but there are several within easy reach, often just a short bus ride or even a walk away. Along the waterfront, either north or south, you’ll find beaches within a 30 to 45-minute drive. During peak season, there are shuttle buses that run from the centre of Bastia to some of the most popular beaches, or you can hire a car and explore beaches off the beaten track.
Bastia has its own beach and, if you rent a car, it’s easy to get to several others, such as the rather lovely sandy sweep of Plage de l'Arinella.
Bastia is definitely worth visiting for a short break to see the historic buildings. Take the scenic Le Train Corse, and enjoy browsing the town square’s shops and cafes or the weekend flea market. Of course, you can plan longer holidays in Bastia and explore further afield. Along the coast, there are several beautiful beaches, from sandy to pebbly, while inland there are pine forests and places to walk. Bastia is also a good place to sample Corsican cuisine with a huge selection of rustic, traditional restaurants serving seafood and more.
Bastia is famous as an old port town and it still has a pretty marina area with bars and restaurants. It has a real old-world feel, with cobbled streets and small markets. One of the famous products of Bastia is Mattei Cap, an aperitif flavoured with herbs and citrus fruits, with red and white varieties. Bastia is also close to the Reserve Naturelle de l'Etang de Biguglia, which has a huge lagoon and many unspoilt beaches.
Bastia is one of the livelier Corsican towns at night and has plenty of bars, plus a handful of nightclubs that tend to open much later during the busy summer season. The marina is especially popular in the evenings. Many of the bars have terraces for outdoor drinks. There are occasional beach parties along the coast in the summer. From July to September, Bastia hosts a music festival with stages throughout the town and different acts every night, so you can see a wide variety of bands from across the world for free.
Holidays in Bastia can certainly include the younger members of your family. The town is conveniently located for beaches, many of which are popular with families. Plage de l'Arinella, one of the closest beaches to town, has shallow waters so you can safely swim quite far out. There are plenty of family-friendly restaurants in Bastia serving foods kids love, like gnocchi and pasta, plus child-friendly accommodation where guests of all ages enjoy a warm welcome.

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