In the north of Corsica, the large city of Bastia is a busy and colourful port, with the economic capital of Haute-Corse. The Genoese government ruled from Bastia in the 15th century, which was when the 'bastiglia' (or ‘fortress’) was built. A stroll around the old port with its 19th century Italian style buildings will remind you that you are on a real Mediterranean island.
The Place St-Nicolas is the ‘central hub’ with ferries coming and going to the mainland and Italy. Bastia has many beautiful monuments, churches and good restaurants. One can also take a trip to the finger of Cap Corse - the beautiful peninsula that stretches 25 miles north of Bastia. The market on Sunday morning is a lively place to visit.