Bastia is a French port commune on the northern tip of the country’s island region of Corsica . It’s a small city with fewer than forty five thousand residents. It became important in Corsica when the Genoese Governor built a bastiglia, or stronghold, in the area. This brought in trade and prosperity with time, and Bastia took its name from the bastiglia which started the area’s growth.
Main tourist attractions include the Genoese citadel (the bastiglia), the Sainte-Marie Cathedral, the Saint-Jean Baptiste Church and the Oratoire de l’Immaculee Conception.
Bastia is not the most popular beach destination in Corsica. Nonetheless, the Bastian beaches are exceptional and there are many beach related activities available to beachgoers including water sports and boating.
Visitors also enjoy driving to the nearby traditional towns and
The Bastia-Poretta Airport (airport code BIA) serves nine airlines, including Air France, EasyJet, Lufthansa and Germanwings. Flights leave Bastia to most French destinations as well as London , Luxembourg, Berlin, and a few other European cities.
To get to Bastia visitors must either fly or take a ferry into the port, which is the second busiest port in France each year. If not by boat, the airport is only about ten miles outside of Bastia. The alternative to flying into Bastia-Poretta Airport is to fly into the airport in Ajaccio, Aeroport de Campo Dell’Oro, which is the largest airport on Corsica.