What to do in Bastia in the summer?
To feel the sweetness of living in the Bastiaise, there is no better season than summer! At this time, Dolce Farniente takes on its full meaning. Strolling, marvelling at pretty coloured facades, remaking the world on a terrace in the shade of plane trees or escaping to the sea... All these little pleasures are experienced in summer in Bastia! Are your bags ready? Let's do it! Let's do it!
Discover Bastia, the summer
Bright in the sun, Bastia can be visited in summer through a colourful circuit. Take the time to discover it during a city walk and walk through its narrow streets bursting with life! Follow our top 10 must-see places to explore the city at your own pace, without missing out on essential places. From the Genoese citadel to the Museum housed within the Palais des Gouverneurs to the Baroque churches, the heritage of Bastia will not leave you indifferent. Taste the local specialities by following our good gourmet addresses, without forgetting the traditional market set up every weekend in the heart of the city: you will be seduced by the mouth-watering scents of cheese, honey and cold meats that emanate from the stalls of local producers. complete your visit with a bucolic getaway to Monserato on the heights of Bastia: in addition to enjoying a different view of the city, this walk is the opportunity to discover the magnificent chapel of the Scala Santa and its rare holy staircase. At the end of the day, return to the Market Square to attend the polyphonic song concert “Bastia in Cantu” in Saint John the Baptist Church, offered every Friday from June to September at 6:30 pm. This emotional break in time will be a great introduction before prolonging your sweet summer evening on the terrace, with tasty dishes from regional cuisine.
In summer, be guided!
Lovers of guided tours will not be disappointed, since the Tourist Office offers a selection of tours in season during which you can discover the history, traditions and identity of the city. For a trip to the heart of the Corsican soul, let yourself be taken by “Les Légendines”! These unusual and anecdotal visits to Bastia, proposed by a guide every Tuesday from April to October, immerse you in the city’s past, its legends and local superstitions. If you have only limited time, think of discovering the city’s main tourist attractions by miniature train or open-air bus: these visits are ideal for families, who will appreciate offering children a discovery of Bastia in a playful spirit.
Escape on an excursion
Take advantage of your holidays in Bastia to enjoy a beautiful escape! The surroundings are dotted with small pearls of nature, which you will love to discover on free or guided excursions. Various tours are offered by the Tourist Office, both on land and at sea, to allow you to explore the surroundings. Be inspired by our 5 favourite excursions, or discover the Cap Corse by minibus! The meeting is held every Wednesday and Saturday from May to October at 8:30 am from Place Saint-Nicolas, to tour this peninsula which alone gathers the most beautiful wild treasures of the island. Would you rather go out to sea? Discover the shores of Cap Corse by the waves, thanks to the maritime excursions offered by various companies from the Old Port of Bastia, the village of Erbalunga or Macinaggio (Cap Corse Croisières /Torra a Torra / San Paulu). On a semi-rigid or cruise boat, you will enjoy sailing in the heart of the Cap Corse Marine Natural Park, hair in the wind, to admire the Genoese towers that line the coast as far as the Finocchiarola Islands.
Travel the Wine Route
Between rock and scrubland, discover the wines of Cap Corse and their grape varieties! If you like to discover the hills of Cape Town, while punctuating your stroll with epicurean stops, this tour is for you. From Luri to Macinaggio, via Morsiglia to Patrimonio, the Route des Vins itinerary allows you to meet winegrowers who are passionate about their land and their vines, representatives of three of the most beautiful PDOs for Corsican wines: the PDO Corse Coteaux du Cap Corse, the PDO Muscat-du-Cap-Corse and the PDO Patrimonio. You will enjoy tasting these sun wines directly at the estates, sharing with these producers real moments of conviviality.
Vibrate with the summer festivities
In Bastia, summer rhymes with festivals! From gastronomic events to mythical concerts, the entire Bastiaise region lives to the rhythm of its summer activities, and once night falls, the towns and villages exchange their solar carefree atmosphere for an atmosphere conducive to celebration. The Festival Cap sur le Rire (mid-July) and the Festival de Musique d’Erbalunga (August) are essential dates in the summer, with renowned artists, as are Les Nuits de la Guitare de Patrimonio (late July) where the magic of music is combined with the beauty of a unique setting. In mid-July, at the gateway to Bastia between the sea and the mountains, Arinella beach became the setting for Festa Maio, an eclectic event, mixing music and sharing in a “Beach Party” spirit. At the beginning of August, Saint-Florent gets in tune with the musical programming for a weekend, with its festival becoming one of the highlights of the Corsican summer, Porto Latino. As for gastronomy, don’t miss the Luri Wine Fair, Fiera di U Vinu (early July)! This event around Corsican wines offers tasting workshops and master classes around local dishes and local products.
Treat yourself to a shopping break and small souvenirs
On holiday, shopping and bringing back memories is a must! It is the ideal opportunity to discover the know-how of island creators. You can meet them on the side of Napoleon Street, Paoli Boulevard or Caesar Campinchi Street. You will be seduced by the extent of their creativity: jewellery, clothing, cosmetics, or even art deco… (Read Bastia and its creators). Gourmets will also be able to satisfy their taste buds, as many delicatessens and Corsican shops are scattered along these shopping streets. It is precisely in these temples of delicacy that you will find delicatessen, liqueurs, honey, Corsican biscuits and cheese. Finally, if fashionistas have an appointment not to be missed in Bastia in the summer, it is the one of the Night Shopping during the first weekend of the sales!
Finding freshness in the mountains
In a few minutes, enjoy the fresh mountain air and breathtaking views! The Nivere walk is one of the must-see hikes, accessible 5 km above Bastia from the village of Cardo. Take advantage of the mild evening to explore the Glacier Trail. In 4h A/R, you can contemplate a magnificent panorama on the bay of Saint-Florent, in the middle of the fragrances of myrtle, rosemary and Nepita heated by the sunny day. South of Bastia, go up to the village of Furiani to discover the Santa Maria Chapel: the highlight of a simple walk through the maquis, the chapel gives access to a beautiful view of the lagoon and the Bigulia Pond. If you are a sunrise enthusiast, embark on the ascent of Monte Stello in the cool of the dawn. Starting from the village of Pozzo, this stroll on one of the most beautiful peaks of Cap Corse will surprise you with its lights and its “Mare a Mare” viewpoint, with on one side the Gulf of Saint-Florent and on the other side, the north of the Bastiaise urban area.
Enjoy the beach and the sea
Ideally located at the entrance to Cap Corse and at the end of the Marana lagoon, Bastia offers a particularly large playground for outdoor activities and leisure. The Arinella water sports centre is therefore an essential place for all your water activities, as it offers equipment rental (kayak, paddle, windsurfing) as well as inflatable games on the water for the greatest pleasure of your children… Sunbathing and idleness lovers can have a great time on the long fine sandy beaches of Marana or Pietracorbara beach. Take advantage of your holidays in Bastia to discover the wild beaches of the Agriates Desert! A few minutes by car, Saint-Florent is the starting point for sea shuttles or 4×4 transfers to the superb beaches of Lotu and Saleccia. Don’t forget to bring your picnic to enjoy your day at the beach as it should be!