Corsica – Bastia
Bastia is the capital of the Haute-Corse and about 40,000 people live in the important port city, which lies in the northeast of the island. The heart of the city is the new harbor, in which the many car ferries dock.
There then borders the Place Saint-Nicolas. Here you will find the cultural life of the island with many restaurants and cafes. Older people play boules or you just stroll around the harbor. The old town Terra Vecchia connects directly, in which one goes through narrow streets and at high houses through. In the old town you can also find the Place du Marché with the baroque church Saint-Jean-Baptiste and the old town hall. Other buildings to be seen in Bastia include the Opera, the Chapel of Saint-Roche, the Citadel or the Governor’s Palace.
The Cap Corse protrudes in the north of the island like a finger. This part of the island is not so heavily populated and therefore the infrastructure is not well developed. Above all, the West impresses with its steep coast, which you can travel well on the D 80. The coast is very rugged and very rich in books and has a good view of the Gulf of Saint-Florent. Roughly from the town of Rogliano, the landscape becomes greener again, cultivated with chestnuts, olives and vineyards to the east of Cap Corse. Again, as in almost all areas of Corsica, you will find many old watchtowers.
The Nebbio in the north of the island is a fertile cultivated land consisting of a basin and terraces on the Gulf of Saint-Florent, the eponymous capital of Nebbio. On the terraces is still grown wine, olives and fruit. The coastal town of Saint-Florent is dominated by a citadel, as so many cities on the island. You should also visit the church of Santa Maria Assunta. On a drive through the Nebbio you come to the wine village of Patrimonio and the village of Oletta with its great view over the Nebbio. The landscape is quite green, but in many places you can also see fire damage here.