A rhythmic day to discover the city of Bastia!
First awakening in the land of Bastia. From the best hotels in the heart of the Citadel, you can have a breathtaking view of the islands of Elba and Capraia. The perspective of breakfast will give you the strength to detach yourself from this picture: cake with chestnut flour, pressed citrus fruits, jams and honey from Corsica … It will be on the terrace overlooking the old port and its houses whitewashed, the church of St. John, all punctuated by the broom boats leaving for Italy.
Just out of the hotel, the Place du Donjon, facing the Museum and the Palais des Gouverneurs and its facade of Genoese influence. Bastia city of art and history spread its most precious treasures.
A narrow street lined with small shops leads to the church of Santa Maria where the Virgin of silver is the pride of the Bastians. Below, the Chapel of the Black Christ reveals its flamboyant baroque. Your visit continues in the rue Napoléon, where Corsican designer boutiques compete with the greatest: jewels, decoration, clothes, the “made in Corsica” offer is becoming more and more talented. How not to evoke also these timeless and old-fashioned stores that have crossed the century giving this artery an additional charm?
It is noon when I take a break in a place in the Saint Nicolas Square lined by many restaurants and cafes. Here all generations are united … In the shade of plane trees, I am tempted by a light lunch that smells of Corsica: roast rack of lamb with herbs and vegetables, ice brocciu and canistrelli, all accompanied of an AOC Patrimoniu.
In the early afternoon, a shopping trip along the course Paoli and the street César Campinchi, shopping streets of the city, is essential to me.
Your bastide getaway ends in Erbalunga, gateway to Cap Corse: Restaurants, cafes and stalls delight passers-by, while the Genoese tower seems to watch over the village and its cobbled streets.
And if you have a little energy, go stroll on the old port, where the Bastiais meet for a moment of conviviality at dusk!