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    Bastia – a brief overview

    Bastia has occupied its patch of northern Corsica in some form since Roman times, and the city’s age means it has old-world character in spades. It’s a bright-eyed, rough-and-tumble port town, not as stately as Bonifacio or as glam as Ajaccio, but more than able to win over first-time visitors.

    One of its main selling points is its authenticity – the city is a true slice of modern-day Corsica, full of winding streets and time-worn walls and back-dropped by the Tyrrhenian Sea. Another positive is its manageable size, which allows all key sights to be seen in just a day or two.

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    Musée de Bastia

    Place du Donjon
    20200 Bastia
    Corsica
    France
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1900 (Jul-Aug)
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800 (Apr-Jun, Sep-Oct)
    Tue-Sat 0900-1200 and 1400-1730 (Nov-Mar)

    The city museum gives an overview of the region’s rich history, incorporating everything from Genoan rule to the era of Napoleon Bonaparte.

    Place Saint-Nicolas

    Place Saint-Nicolas
    20200 Bastia
    Corsica
    France
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    The main hub of Bastia life, this 19th-century square has some great terrace cafés, a statue of Napoleon Bonaparte and a seafront location. It takes its name from the patron saint of sailors.

    Oratoire de l’Immaculée Conception

    Rue des Terrasses
    20200 Bastia
    Corsica
    France
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    Opening times:
    Various

    Boasting an impressive barrel-vaulted ceiling, the Oratoire de l’Immaculée Conception has been in place since the early 1600s. Leading Italian masons worked on the marble work.

    La Citadelle & Palais des Gouverneurs

    Place du Donjon
    20200 Bastia
    Corsica
    France
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    Built as a stronghold for the Genoans who at one time controlled the city, the Citadel was built between the 15th and 17th centuries. It plays home to the Palais des Gouverneurs, which houses the city museum.

    Vieux Port

    Quartier 1er Bataillon De Choc
    20200 Bastia
    Corsica
    France
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    Bastia’s old port is the most colourful and photogenic part of the city, today offering a range of brasseries and other diversions to keep you lingering by the water for a while, admiring the sailing craft.

    Église Sainte-Croix

    Rue de l‘Evêché
    20200 Bastia
    Corsica
    France
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    Opening times:
    Various

    Dating back to at least the 15th century, this is a beautiful old baroque church that’s long been seen as one of the most impressive set-piece sights in Bastia. It’s home to a famous black-oak crucifix.

    Plage de la Marana

    Lotissement Plage de la Marana
    20290 Lucciana
    Corsica
    France
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    A broad sandy beach sitting some 5km south of the city, Plage de la Marana offers a good range of watersports, beach activities, mini golf, tennis, refreshments and other attractions.

    Plage de la Marana

    Allée S Marche
    20200 Bastia
    Corsica
    France
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    One of Bastia’s liveliest, most atmospheric quarters, full of old squares, weathered buildings and a snaking series of narrow laneways. A great option for photographers looking to capture the essence of the place.

    Église Saint Jean Baptiste

    4 rue du Cardinal Viale Préla
    20200 Bastia
    Corsica
    France
    Tel: +33 4 9555 2460
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    Opening times:
    Various

    One of many religious buildings in the city, the Église Saint Jean Baptiste was classified a historic monument in 1999. It was built over three decades in the 1600s on the site of an earlier church.

    Bastia-Ajaccio Railway Line

    5 Rue Marcel Paul
    20200 Bastia
    Corsica
    France
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    Opening times:
    Various

    The railway line from Bastia to Ajaccio was first built in the mid-19th century and crosses some wonderful Corsican landscapes. The overall journey takes around three hours.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    You could spend a lifetime’s worth of holidays in France and still not feel as though you’d done the country justice. It remains the planet’s most visited tourist destination, meriting this lofty standing with an almost overwhelming mass of historical treasures, storybook landscapes and cultural idiosyncrasies. The teeming glam of Paris makes for one hell of a centrepiece, matching any city on the planet for ambiance, individuality and set-piece sights.

    But the real beauty of France, in many ways, lies in the seemingly endless list of travel treats elsewhere. The country’s natural gifts are striking, with white sands, hulking mountains and fecund swathes of rolling countryside. It’s a land that has inspired dreamers and drinkers, revolutionaries and artists, gastronomes and geniuses.

    Geography

    France, the largest country in Western Europe, is bordered to the northwest by the English Channel (La Manche), to the northeast by Belgium and Luxembourg, to the east by Germany, Switzerland and Italy, to the south by the Mediterranean (with Monaco as a coastal enclave between Nice and the Italian frontier), to the southwest by Spain and Andorra, and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The country’s loose six-sided shape means it often gets referred to by the informal nickname “L’Hexagone”.

    The island of Corsica, southeast of Nice, is made up of two départements. France is home to an astonishing range of scenery, from the mountain ranges of the Alps and Pyrenees to the attractive river valleys of the Loire, Rhône and Dordogne, and the flatter countryside of Normandy and the Atlantic coast.

    The country has some 2,900km (1,800 miles) of coastline.

    Away from the mainland and Corsica, there are a number of French-administered overseas departments and regions outside of Europe. These include Guadeloupe (an island in the Caribbean), Réunion Island (located in the Indian Ocean just east of Madagascar), French Guiana (on the northeastern coast of South America), Martinique (another island in the Caribbean) and Mayotte (an island in the Mozambique Channel).

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    Population: 66,3 millions

    Population Density (per sq km): 114

    Capital: Paris.

    Language

    French is the official language. There are many regional dialects, but these are rapidly declining, with the exception of Basque, which is spoken as a first language by some people in the southwest, and Breton,which is spoken by some in Brittany. Many people speak at least some English.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are widely used.

    General business opening hours

    Generally Mon-Fri 0900-1200, 1400-1800.

    Public Holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2015-December 2015 period.

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Victory Day 1945: 08. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015

    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Bastille Day: 14. July 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Armistice Day: 11. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Bastia

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    There are few more pleasant ways to enjoy Bastia’s seafront location than over a cold beer or glass of wine on a long summer evening.

    You’ll find no shortage of bars and cafés, as well as a good city theatre.

    Cafe Wha

    Vieux Port / Quai 1er Bataillon de Choc
    20600 Bastia
    Corsica
    France
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    A Mexican-inspired pub and brasserie on the old port.

    Alba

    Quai des Martyrs de la Libération
    20200 Bastia
    Corsica
    France
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    A lounge with occasional live entertainment and a waterside location.

    Pub O’Connors

    1 Rue Saint-Erasme
    20200 Bastia
    Corsica
    France
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    A bar that also runs karaoke evenings and 80s nights.

    U San Petrone

    2 rue Gabriel Peri
    20200 Bastia
    Corsica
    France
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    An all-round option for a coffee, a drink or something to eat.

    Théâtre Municipal

    Rue Favalelli
    20200 Bastia
    Corsica
    France
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    The city’s main arts venue, with a varied roster of cultural events.

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    Restaurants in Bastia

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    As you’d expect from somewhere that’s drawn copious influences from both Italy and mainland France, Bastia has some superb places to eat.

    Seafood is just one speciality – you’ll find a genuinely strong range of different Med-inspired restaurants.

    Restaurant Le Pirate

    Erbalunga Brando
    20222 Le Port
    Corsica
    France
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    Price: Expensive

    A fantastic Michelin-starred eatery located out of town, around 10km from Bastia.

    Grazie Mille

    1 Rue du Marché
    20200 Bastia
    Corsica
    France
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    Price: Moderate

    An enjoyable Italian restaurant on the market square.

    O’Resto

    22 B rue César Campinchi
    20200 Bastia
    Corsica
    France
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    Price: Moderate

    A solid option for those in search of good regional produce at a fair price.

    Le Cosi

    Quai des Martyrs de la Libération
    20200 Bastia
    Corsica
    France
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    Price: Moderate

    Boasting a great waterside location and some classic local dishes.

    Pizzeria Chez Vincent

    12 Rue Saint-Michel
    20200 Bastia
    Corsica
    France
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    Price: Cheap

    Notable not only for the pizzas it serves up but for the sweeping views it offers over town.

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    Procession Christ Noir (Black Christ Procession)

    3 May 2016

    Venue: Old port

    Fishermen, religious brotherhoods and other devotees carry aloft a large crucifix bearing the Black Christ of Miracles, which was found in the sea in 1428 and is kept in Sainte-Croix Church. The procession travels towards the old port for a traditional blessing.

    Fête de la Saint Jean Baptiste (Festival of St John the Baptist)

    23 – 24 June 2016

    Venue: Old port and Saint Jean-Baptiste Church

    Crowds gather around a huge bonfire, which lights up the old port beneath the ramparts of the citadel on the evening of 23 June. Processions and masses are held the next day at Saint Jean-Baptiste Church, the largest church in Corsica.

    Jazz Equinoxe Corsica

    1. – 30 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Bastia’s boutique jazz festival is a three-day event hosted in a clutch of venues, yet it succeeds in attracting an impressive line-up of international artists who perform a terrific programme of jazz music. Recent performers have included Melody Gardot and The Golden Gate Quartet.

    Festival de Musique d’Erbalunga (Erbalunga Music Festival)

    10 – 12 August 2016
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    Venue: Erbalunga, 10km north of Bastia

    For three nights in August, popular French music stars perform to a crowd of 1,400 in the coastal village of Erbalunga, to the north of Bastia. The audience packs into the village’s open-air amphitheatre and the atmosphere can be electric.

    Assomption de la Vierge Marie (Assumption of the Virgin Mary)

    15 August 2016

    Venue: Old Town streets

    Bastia’s cathedral houses an ornate silver statue of the Virgin Mary. Every August, religious followers celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary with a grand procession through Bastia’s narrow Old Town alleys, carrying the statue at the front of the parade.

    Fête de la Saint Roch (Festival of St Roch)

    16 August 2016

    Venue: St Roch chapel, rue Napoléon

    The priests of tiny St Roch chapel, which was built in 1609, distribute bread rolls to worshippers each year on 16 August after mass. The loaves are blessed by the priests and are said to protect the recipients against illness.

    Festival du Cinéma Italien de Bastia (Bastia Italian Film Festival)

    1 February – 1 March 2017
    Website

    Venue: Théatre de Bastia

    Film aficionados are in for a treat, with eight days to squeeze in a whole host of Italian films, many of which are in the running for jury-selected awards. There’s often a spotlight on an individual actor or director, plus screenings of old favourites and kids’ flicks.

    Fête de la Saint Joseph (Festival of St Joseph)

    19 March 2017

    Venue: Procession travels to the cathedral

    Bastians celebrate one of their patron saints, St Joseph, with a huge procession bringing his statue to the cathedral ,where he ‘visits’ his wife, Mary. It’s also a chance to munch a local speciality, panzarotti, sugar-dusted doughnuts made from rice or chickpea flour.

    Semaine Sainte (Holy Week)

    20 – 27 March 2017

    Venue: Throughout Bastia

    A week of religious festivities, colourful processions and church masses mark the run-up to Easter in Bastia. It’s worth heading to picturesque Erbalunga (around 10km away) to witness its Good Friday procession, the ‘Cerca’, which stops at every church in the district.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Bastia

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    It’s well worth spending a night or two in Bastia to get under the skin of the place, and you’ll find a decent range of mid-sized properties, as well as some notable options a little way out of town.

    Hotel Castel Brando

    Ebalunga
    20222 Brando
    Corsica
    France
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    Category: Expensive

    Located north of Bastia in Erbalunga, this is a great little Cap Corse getaway.

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    Climate & best time to visit France

    France has a temperate climate in the north; northeastern areas have a more continental climate with warm summers and colder winters. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with some snow likely in winter. The Jura Mountains have an alpine climate. Lorraine, sheltered by bordering hills, has a relatively mild climate. There’s a Mediterranean climate in the south; mountainous areas are cooler with heavy snow in winter.

    The Atlantic influences the climate of the western coastal areas from the Loire to the Basque region where the weather is temperate and relatively mild with rainfall throughout the year. Summers can be very hot and sunny – sunburn can be a risk if you’re unprepared. Inland areas are mild and the French slopes of the Pyrenees are renowned for their sunshine record. A Mediterranean climate exists on the Riviera, and in Provence and Roussillon. Weather in the French Alps is variable. Continental weather is present in Auvergne, Burgundy and the Rhône Valley. Very strong winds (such as the Mistral) can occur throughout the entire region.

    Climatic variations – and in particular the long summer holiday period – mean that mainstream tourism in France peaks in July and August. If you’re visiting the country at this time, prepare to face higher-than-usual demand at major sights, attractions and coastal resorts. There’s likely to be plenty of queuing involved – some roads may even get clogged at particularly busy times.

    By contrast, visiting during the low season – from October through to February or March – is not only far quieter, it also sees a drop in costs. This doesn’t apply to ski resorts, of course, which see peak demand over the winter months.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +33

    Telephone

    Card-only telephones are common, with pre-paid cards bought from post offices and tabacs; coin boxes are being phased out throughout the country. International calls are cheaper between Mon-Fri 1900-0800 and all day Sat-Sun. Calls can be received at all phone boxes showing the sign of a blue bell. Information in English and other languages can be accessed by pressing the button with a two-flags icon.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is excellent.

    Internet

    Public access is available at internet cafés in all large towns and cities.

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    Shopping in Bastia

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    Key Areas

    The two main shopping streets are Rue César Campinchi and Boulevard Paoli, both of which offer plenty in the way of local goods and internationally branded items. Elsewhere, Mattei Cap Corse (15 boulevard du Général de Gaulle) is a well-known delicatessen selling quality gourmet items.

    Markets

    There’s a flea market every Sunday on Place Saint-Nicolas – a good place to pick up retro items or one-off souvenirs – while to the south the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville has a traditional weekend market of its own. You’ll find a daily market at the appropriately named Place du Marché.

    Shopping Centres

    Catering for various shopping needs, the Géant Casino Hyper Bastia Toga (Quartier Port Toga) is a hypermarket selling everything your euros might buy, from clothes and toys to sports equipment and fresh produce. Also in Bastia, there’s an E. Leclerc department store (Quartier de l’Annonciade, Vallée du Fango).

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Shaking hands and, more familiarly, kissing both cheeks, are the usual forms of greeting. The form of personal address is simply Monsieur or Madame without a surname and it may take time to get on first-name terms. At more formal dinners, it is the most important guest or host who gives the signal to start eating. Mealtimes are often a long, leisurely experience. Casual wear is common.

    Social functions, some clubs, casinos and exclusive restaurants warrant more formal attire. Evening wear is normally specified where required. Topless sunbathing is tolerated on most beaches but naturism is restricted to certain beaches – local tourist offices will advise where these are. A smoking ban for workplaces and public spaces has been in place since February 2007.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    This being France, the only real problems posed by the local food and drink are mild stomach complaints resulting from overindulgence. Tap water is safe to drink (although you’ll find a huge amount of bottled water for sale too) and cooked food, assuming it’s come from a hygienic kitchen, is certainly no more risky to consume than that of any developed country. Some travellers steer clear of unpasteurised dairy products due to a perceived risk of disease, while others laud the same products for their perceived health benefits. If you’re at all unsure, it’s probably best to stick to what you’re used to.

    Other Risks

    Visitors to forested areas should consider vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis. There was an outbreak of canine rabies in 2008. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

    In more universal terms, sunburn is perhaps the most common complaint among visitors to France, particularly over the summer months – temperatures are generally higher in the south but it’s wise to be cautious across the country. The usual precautions apply: use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn across a long distance. Ideally footwear should be worn in before the trip.

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    Visa & Immigration

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