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France, Corse du Sud (2A), Golfe de Porto, classé Patrimoine Mondial de l'UNESCO, tour Genoise ©R. Mattes/hemis.fr

view to Girolata and peninsula La Scandola, France, Corsica, Girolata ©P. Royer/Blickwinkel/age fotostock

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The town, citadel and harbour entrance at Bastia in northern Corsica ©joningall/iStock

The town, citadel and harbour at Bastia in Corsica

An alley in the citadel  in Calvi, The Balagne, Corsica, France ©RnDmS/iStock

Calvi Citadel

Piana, France – April 16, 2016. Magmatic vertical rocks of Calanques de Piana in Porto Bay of Corsica Island may be visited from Sea by means of Stand up paddle boarding, Corse-du-Sud ©Sasha64f/iStock

Stand up paddle boarding along rocks of Calanques de Piana

The tiny village is situated on the peninsula in the small natural harbour Golfe de Girolata. ©olegmit/iStock

Small natural harbour of Girolata

Slow shutter image of the citadel and harbour entrance at Calvi in the Balagne region of Corsica with clear blue sky and smooth calm waters ©joningall/iStock

Citadel and harbour entrance at Calvi in Corsica

Fishing and yacht boats anchoring in Bastia port in summer season. This port connects Corsica with Italy and France mainland. ©pkazmierczak/iStock

BASTIA PORT, CORSICA ISLAND - JUL 4, 2015: colorful fishing boat in Bastia harbour on sunny summer day, Corsica island, France.

Lighttower with the mole, Bastia, Corsica, France ©E. Fleisher/Look/age fotostock

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A roadtrip in Haute-Corse

A long weekend between land and sea, from Bastia to Porto

  • By the sea
  • Roadtrip

This trip takes you on a discovery of Mediterranean cultural heritage and beautiful natural spaces. After arriving in Bastia, you can roam the old Town and its harbour, before crossing to reach Calvi. Its citadel transports you to a haven of peace and the gentle pleasures in life. The seaside resort of Porto will be your final step: Whether you are hiking in nature or relaxing on a paradise beach, the day promises to be unforgettable.

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Bastia Porto

Day 1 - Bastia - Calvi

Take the time to discover Bastia, the flagstone-roofed town. Terra Vecchia (Old Town) is home to a maze of narrow, bustling streets, covered walkways and winding lanes. Don’t miss the view of the old port from the Jetée du Dragon, and the beautiful ensemble of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary at Sainte Marie Church. Cross over to Calvi, the “capital” of la Balagne and lobster fishing, to end the day in style on its long beach lined with umbrella pines, at the bottom of a vast bay.

  • Distance : 112 km
  • Duration : 1h48

Day 2 - Calvi - Porto

Travel back in time by walking the streets and ramparts of the citadel. The sloping plots and staircases lined alongside houses will fill you with calm. Be sure to visit Place Christophe Colomb and Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral, founded in the 13th century, before heading to Porto. Marked by its Genoese tower, this peaceful seaside resort makes an ideal spot to spend the evening.

MyTripTailor Advice: in Calvi, take a ride on the Balagne tram (train des plages).

  • Distance : 75 km
  • Duration : 1h42

Day 3 - Porto - Porto

Visit the Genoese tower, a monument of pink granite that is one of the best known in Corsica. Stroll through the marina, via a centuries-old eucalyptus road leading to a pebble beach, or the Gulf, certified by Unesco as an exceptional site. For lovers of nature and small villages of character, excursions to Calanques de Piana and the Scandola nature reserve offer idyllic settings. Lovers of long walks combined with swimming will be more than happy.

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