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Bastia is a vibrant, living, magnetic city. The kind of place you'd imagine would be a great place to live, as well as visit. This busy port might not be as pretty as some of Corsica's other towns, but there is plenty of charm to its fading beauty - especially in the old town and the harbour. Our selection of the best places to stay in Bastia, are all slightly out of town, but still easily accessible.
Bastia is also just south of the spectacularly lovely le Cap Corse, a wild peninsula dotted with old Genoese towers.
Bastia faces Italy's Tuscan archipelago, so you have Corsica's colour and Tuscany's sunshine.
Bastia is a great example of the real modern Corsica, and because its markets, shops and restaurants aren't here just for the tourist dollars, you'll find reasonable prices and good quality all over town. Even in the Place St. Nicolas, the city's focal point between its harbour and the ferry port, which is lined with cafes.
On Sundays the Place St. Nicolas hosts the flea market. There's a more traditional weekend market at the Place de l'Hotel de Ville.
For 'shabby chic' perfection, wander the Vieux Port, a charming area of fading, but beautiful, high-rises surrounding the marina packed with impressive yachts.
Bastia's other fading beauties are Terra-Vecchia and Terra-Nova, both full of little streets and alleyways promising postcard perfect photo opportunities, and Terra-Nova also has the citadel.
As well as taking in the citadel, inside and out, Bastia also has some great churches - don't let the pebble dashed exteriors on some of them put you off - inside which you'll find incredible artworks.
The old palace of the Gouverneurs has been refurbished and now houses the local museum - also worth strolling through.
- The Demeure Castel Brando is a wonderful 19th Century castle, converted into a charming, bright 45 room hotel. White walls accentuate the vaulted ceilings and terracotta floors keep things cool. Outside there are beautiful gardens, sunny terraces and swimming pools. Wonderfully Corsican, this is one of the best places to stay in Bastia for total relaxation.
- Between the coast and the mountains, La Dimora is a romantic spot, ideal for spa breaks and honeymoons. Lush gardens mask private terraces and swimming pools.
- U Palazzu Serenu is one of Corsica's true design hotels. Wonderfully minimalist - but with some excellent artworks - this spot in the hills of Northern Corsica has a wonderful light which lends a lot of beauty to the simplest things. Elegant, serene and romantic. With picturesque views over the valley.
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Best Hotels in Bastia
Demeure Castel Brando 45 rooms from $114Bastia, Corsica
Beautiful stone 19th century Corsican house. A lovely restoration with bright white walls, vaulted ceilings and terracotta floors. Pretty gardens, stone-paved lanes, sunny terraces, swimming pools, and great spa. Utterly relaxing.Swimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor PoolSpaLocal markets - Good for local colour.Views - Great views from hotel
La Dimora 17 rooms from $151Saint-Florent, Corsica
A romantic hotel set between the coast and the hills of Northern Corsica. Stunning rooms and suites in golden tones with private terraces. Swimming pool, luscious gardens, hammocks, and terraces.Swimming Pool - Outdoor PoolSpaSailing - Can be booked nearby.Full of characterRecommended by - I Escape
U Palazzu Serenu 8 rooms from $198Oletta, Corsica
Stunning designer hotel in the hills of Northern Corsica. Minimalist designs and artwork by Anish Kapoor. Something to soothe the soul. Rooms and suites with parquet floors, clean lines and brilliant light. Lovely swimming pool and restaurant. A serene and romantic hotel.Designer - Artwork by Anish Kapoor.WellbeingSwimming Pool - Outdoor Pool with viewsSailing - Can be booked nearby.Recommended by - I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith