Cruise Port Atlas | Bastia (Corsica), France Day Trips | Attractions

Bastia (Corsica), France Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Bastia: Azamara Club Cruises, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea

Key Attractions: Baroque Churches, Terra Vecchia, St. John the Baptist Church, Bastia Citadel, Saint-Florent, Cap Corse, La Marana, Lake Biguglia

Church of St. John the Baptist

Bastia's Baroque Sites

Port to City Center - 2.0 KM by Taxi, 0.5 KM on foot, 5 minutes by taxi, 8 minute walk
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Bastia is divided into two distinct sections, Terra Vecchia, which is generally older and closer to sea level, and Terra Nova, which is the location of the Citadel and on a higher promontory.  St. John the Baptist Church in Terre Vecchia, like the several other churches and chapels is built in the baroque style.  It features a typically ornate interior with much gold, frescoes designed to look 3D and an unusual paper mache Christ.  The Cathedral at the Citadel is smaller but contains an impressive collection of art works from various periods and is definitely worth a visit for those interested in Italian sacred art.

Citadel and Churches   Baroque   Museum and Churches  

Uneven surfaces    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Photo by Church of St. John the Baptist by Greudin

Cap Corse

Port to Pino - 42 KM, 45 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Cap Corse is a peninsula that juts 40 kilometers northward from the main landmass of Corsica and is about 10 kilometers wide.  A chain of mountains runs along the western side of the peninsula, so that the east coast of the peninsula has gentle slopes, while the west has a rocky severe incline.  Both sides are dotted with rustic fishing villages with remnants of Genoese fortifications and old churches.  The settings are dramatic and a photographer's dream location.  A tour around the perimeter of the peninsula with several stops would be an easy way to take in much of the scenery.  For those wanting more active pursuits, a hike through the coastal hills is an excellent option.

Reconstruction after the earthquake   Hiking is windswept areas   Rocky Seaside Villages     

Varied Walking    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Photo of Canari Lighthouse by Pierre Bona

Picturesque St-Florent

Saint-Florent

Port to Saint-Florent - 25 KM, 30 minutes
Port to Saleccia Beach - 48 KM, 1 hour 30 minutes
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Another Genoese-founded town, Saint-Florent has become a sophisticated resort town featuring a Romanesque church and a fortress. A marina holds impressive yachts and fishing boats. An adventurous drive gets you to the rugged and lovely beach of Saleccia set against sparkling blue waters. The town is very close to the wine region of Patrimonio which produces Corsica's finest wines. Not far from town are two historic monuments built by the Genoese to protect the area: Torra di Mortella and Torra di Fornali. This is a lovely place to spend a relaxing day strolling narrow streets, eating Corsican snacks and shopping.

Nearby Vineyards   A few historic buildings   Stunning bay and beaches   One of the prettiest in France  

Varied walking depending on activity    Limited Wheelchair Accessibility

Photo of Saint-Florent by Hoheit

Lake Biguglia

La Marana and Lake Biguglia

Port to La Marana - 8 KM, 12 minutes
Port to Lucciana - 22 KM, 30 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

La Marana is a sandbar (and the name of a town on the sandbar) that borders the Mediterranean to the east and Lake Biguglia to the west. The lake is the largest on Corsica and a recreational and park area popular with visitors. A protected bird sanctuary, bird watchers will have a chance to observe some unusual migratory species gathering both in summer and winter. The sandbar offers beaches with pine shade and places to eat and drink. Just south of the lake is Mariana, a Roman ruin with some nice mosaics and the adjacent town of Lucciana with interesting early Christian structures and a cathedral.

Coastal Lagoon with birds   Migrating Birds   Roman and Early Christian sites   La Marana beaches  

Varied Walking    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Photo of Lake Biguglia by Pierre Bona

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible