Visit Bastia in springtime
In Spring, Bastia and the surrounding villages offer a completely different landscape. Its nature changes, the maquis operates its moult, is adorned with plants and fragrant flowers, which allow to appreciate the region with a foretaste of a summer holiday. Regional specialities are in tune with the summer season, with delicacies that can only be enjoyed at this time of year. Discover Bastia the beautiful, so seductive at the beginning of summer!
VISIT BASTIA, THE SPRINGTIME
Strolling through the narrow streets of Bastia with the sweetness of Spring is an unparalleled pleasure. In this season, urban nature is back in its place! You will particularly appreciate discovering the flowery city, perfumed with the scents of orange trees and flowering mimosas. Between March and May, you can easily wear a light outfit, as the temperatures are pleasant and mild (20°C on average) for walking. Start your visit by taking a short walk up to the Citadel. This district of Bastia is a parenthesis of tranquility nestled in a setting of colorful houses. No cars here! Take the opportunity to discover at your own pace Saint Mary’s Cathedral and Saint Cross Oratory, as well as the Palace of Governors which houses the Bastia History Museum. Then go down to the Old Port via the Jardin Romieu and its wooded park, towards… the Place du Marché. At weekends, local producers gather in a friendly and warm atmosphere, typical of Mediterranean markets, to introduce you to their products. It’s a world of colours and scents that are available to you! Filled with a few Brocciu fritters and Migliaccioli, you are ready to continue your city walk. Looking for a shopping break? Visit rue Napoléon to discover the concept stores and old shops, typical of this street. Continue your escapade on Place Saint-Nicolas, where the flea market set up every Sunday morning will awaken your pleasure in finding old objects and new souvenirs. (Read our article Top 10 of Bastia’s must-see articles)
THE LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA: DISCOVER BASTIA THROUGH ITS LEGENDines
From April onwards, take advantage of original guided tours offered by the Bastia Tourist Office! Organized every Tuesday, the Legends are ideal to discover the city in a completely different way. Follow the narrator-guide through a walking tour, in total immersion in the Bastiaise traditions. Visit the city through its legends and anecdotes, all punctuated by polyphonic songs and tastings of Corsican products.
SAVOUR THE SPRING DELICACIES
Spring in Bastia is an excellent season! And for good reason… it allows us to enjoy the last specialities of winter while enjoying the first delights of summer. As for the must-have Corsican products, you can still enjoy Brocciu until mid-April. You will appreciate the famous Fiadone, Migliacci or Storzapretti… these famous Bastiaises recipes. If you are a gourmet, take the date of March 19 to taste Panzarotti: rice flour or chickpea fritters specially made during the Feast of St. Joseph in this eponymous district of Bastia. In April, you will find another seasonal speciality in all the bakeries and pastry shops in the city: the Campanile! This brioche in the shape of a crown or “&” is decorated with hard-boiled eggs placed in the dough, which makes it very special. The Campanile was once made at the end of Lent in Corsica, to use the eggs not consumed during this fasting period. The eggs were then placed in the dough and eaten during the Easter Monday picnic, Merendella. (Read our article Bastia and its gourmet addresses)
Living Spring on the land side
Many Corsicans will tell you that Spring is their favourite season. At this time, nature awakens and amazes us with its colours and smells. The scrubland is green, the flowers scent the paths with a sweet scent of jasmine, broom, mimosa and rosemary… It is a season conducive to outdoor activities! Discover Cap Corse: this condensed version of Corsica with its rocky ridge will seduce you for its majestic route, punctuated by Genoese towers, fishing seascapes and authentic villages that invite you to stop by. A starting point for many hikes, Cape Town gives you the opportunity to set off on many different routes: from climbing a few peaks (Monte Stello, Cima di e Follicie) to walking along the seaside along the customs path, passing through the discovery of the famous balcony villages. If you are epicurean in nature, associate your tour of Cape Town with the Wine Route and the Authentic Sens Route! You will particularly appreciate to meet local craftsmen and producers who are passionate about their land, who are just waiting to let you taste their products and tell you about their know-how.
Escape to the sea
The first escapades at sea begin for some of them in mid-April, according to the companies (Cap Corse Croisières / Torra a Torra / San Paulu). They are ideal in this season to discover the shores of Cap Corse with a taste of summer. Whether you are on a semi-rigid boat or a cruise ship, you will love to fill up with iodine, hair in the wind! Take advantage of these sea excursions to admire the Genoese towers of Cap Corse, spot the small wild coves where you can then go in peace and quiet. Water sports lovers can also have a great time discovering the spring coast of Cap Corse during a trip in a kayak, jet-ski or paddle!
Festivities in Corsica in Spring
In Bastia, some festivities are not to be missed in Spring! You will particularly enjoy the Saint-Joseph’s Day, celebrated on March 19 in a particularly festive and gourmet atmosphere. Pass the flowered arch to follow the procession that will take you to discover this old Bastia district, in the middle of the confetti launched by the children… On the cultural side, go early April for the Comic Book and Bastia illustration meetings. About forty authors are invited to workshops, screenings, guided tours and shows in the heart of the city and at the Una Volta Cultural Centre. Return to the traditions with Holy Week, celebrated from Palm Sunday to Good Thursday and Good Friday: Bastia lives at this time a highlight of its religious customs. Take the opportunity to bring home these small crosses braided in palm branches during these celebrations, to ensure kindness and protection. In June, if you love the world of creation in general, don’t miss the Creazione Festival: on the eve of summer, this festival entirely dedicated to fashion and design brings together more than 70 Corsican designers and artists. Take advantage of this chic and glamorous atmosphere with a “fashion week” spirit to discover the island’s know-how!