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The town, citadel and harbour at Bastia in Corsica
Stand up paddle boarding along rocks of Calanques de Piana
Small natural harbour of Girolata
Citadel and harbour entrance at Calvi in Corsica
BASTIA PORT, CORSICA ISLAND - JUL 4, 2015: colorful fishing boat in Bastia harbour on sunny summer day, Corsica island, France.
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A long weekend between land and sea, from Bastia to Porto
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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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.
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).
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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