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After Ajaccio, it is the second city of the island. Capital of Haute-Corse, Bastia is the jewel of the Cap Corse, a peninsula within the island which claims its typicality, even its autonomy. Bastia is an essential stopover when visiting Corsica, as much for its atmosphere as for its heritage. The marina dominated by the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church on one side and the Citadel on the other is worth a visit. Bastia is a museum city, often qualified as the French capital of the Baroque, and is home to an exceptional number of historical, religious and conventual buildings. You will be happy to walk on the beautiful Saint-Nicolas square and in the alleys of the Citadel which offer a panoramic view on the city, its ports, the coasts and the sea. The former Genoese Governors' Palace, the architectural jewel of the Citadel, houses the city's museum, dedicated to the history of the city and to art exhibitions. Bastia is a city of culture particularly open to the arts. An elevator now links the port to the upper town, but this steep city with its flights of stairs and steep alleys will not fail to get you in shape! Fortunately, the good restaurants that honor Corsican products and the trendy bars invite you to convivial and restorative moments

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When to go to Bastia?

From April, enjoy guided tours offered by the Tourist Office of Bastia, every Tuesday: the famous Légendines. Follow the guide on a walking tour immersed in Bastia's traditions, with polyphonic songs and tastings of Corsican products. Follow the procession of Saint Joseph, on March 19, in a festive and greedy atmosphere. Rendezvous at the beginning of April for the Meetings of the Comics and the Illustration of Bastia. Live the religious traditions of the Holy Week, celebrated from Palm Sunday to Holy Thursday and Friday. This is the beginning of the high tourist season which is in full swing in summer. The terraces of the cafes under the plane trees are full, the restaurants treat you and you escape to the sea. September is the grape harvest and the festivities around the wines of Cap Corse, then Bastia is empty of tourists while there are still beautiful days to be experienced. Finally, in winter, we enjoy the wonderful Christmas lights

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