BASTIA PORT, CORSICA ISLAND - JUL 4, 2015: colorful fishing boat in Bastia harbour on sunny summer day, Corsica island, France.
Stand up paddle boarding along rocks of Calanques de Piana
Genoese tower at Mortella near St Florent in Corsica
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The town, citadel and harbour at Bastia in Corsica
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France, Haute-Corse (2B), Corte, la chapelle Sainte-Croix
Citadel and harbour entrance at Calvi in Corsica
France, Haute-Corse (2B), Corte, musée de Corse, salle de l'espace du berger
An unforgettable roadtrip between the ends of the island
This itinerary takes you right across Corsica! After a stop in Saint-Florent, the “Saint-Tropez” of the island, head down to Calvi along the coast. Walk the lanes of the citadelle or enjoy the beach, before proceeding to Porto, full of unforgettable countryside walks. Return to the region and city of Corte, “capital at the heart” of Corsica and where you can discover the soul of the island. Go down to the southern tip, Porto-Vecchio, for a lively evening, and head north to end your trip in Bastia.
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Arriving in Saint-Florent, wander through the winding lanes, lined with colorful houses, and the small Oleander flowered squares of the old town. Stop off at Place de la Porte, then go to the Genoese citadel to walk along its ramparts. Be sure not to miss the beautiful view of the waterside houses after the gate! End the afternoon on Roya beach or go directly to Calvi to enjoy the scenery as you walk along the coast.
The “capital” of la Balagne and lobster fishing boasts beautiful beaches, lined with umbrella pines at the foot of large bays. Stroll along the streets and ramparts of the citadel during the hottest hours for a journey through time! Don’t miss Place Christophe Colomb and St. Jeane Baptiste Cathedral, before taking the road to Porto. Marked by its Genoese tower, a beautiful monument of pink granite, this resort is ideal for ending the day in style on a beautiful café or restaurant terrace.
Don’t leave Porto without an excursion to the Gulf, the Calanques de Piana or the Scandola Nature Reserve. Lovers of long walks in nature, interspersed with swimming and small villages of character, won’t be disappointed. Next, take the car and drive inland towards Corte, the capital at the “heart” of Corsica. Enjoy your evening with a stroll through the upper town or parc de l’hôtel de ville. Many cafes and restaurants are also in the citadel.
Visit the Museum of Corsica for a better understanding of the island and its inhabitants. If you prefer a stroll through the town, don’t miss the Holy Sainte-Croix Chapel, where you can admire the Baroque altarpiece. Take the car back and head south to Porto Vecchio. Dominated by its citadel, the third city of Corsica enjoys a festive atmosphere in season. Take a stroll for the sunset and spend a lively evening in the resort’s many bars and restaurants or on the beach.
Admire the historical remains of Porto-Vecchio, the elegant bell tower of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church, the chapel opposite, and the ancient Genoese fortifications. Treat yourself to a swim on the southern beaches before heading back to Bastia. Cross the entire island, along the coast, to the city with slate roofs. Stroll through the maze of tight, busy streets of Terra Vecchia, the old town and enjoy the lively atmosphere of Place Saint-Nicolas or Place du Marché!
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