You will be docked in the center of town.
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Bastia is a port on the north-eastern coast of the island of Corsica. The old town (Terra Vecchia) is built in and around the central part of the harbor and is a network of alleys connected by dark, vaulted passages. Sights of interest include the classical Church of San Giovanni Battista, the Law Court, Theatre, and City Hall.
The city is the gateway to Cap Corse, a long peninsula of nature reserves and secret beaches.
Le petit Train a 50 minute tour of Bastia.
Bastia is surrounded by some of Corsica’s best winelands. Patrimonio is one of the most famous vineyards in the area and is open for tours.
There are beaches not far from the entrance to the town. Pebble beaches to the north, sandy beaches to the south, with the superb Mariana beach that borders the ornithological reserve of the Pond of Biguglia.
Walk around its cobbled streets and you’ll discover that tourism is more of a sideline here. Shopping locals are more common a sight as tourists in this city. Take your cues from them and you’ll easily find the best stores for the likes of fig jam, olive oil, and liqueur.
Local emergency number: 112
Most shops, businesses, information services, museums and banks in France stay open all day. The exceptions are the smaller shops and enterprises, which may close for lunch sometime between 12.30pm and 2pm. Basic hours of business are from 8 or 9am to 6.30 or 7.30pm Monday to Saturday for the big shops and Tuesday to Saturday for smaller shops (some of the smaller shops may open on Monday afternoon). You can always find boulangeries and food shops that do stay open, however, on days when others close – on Sunday normally until noon.
National holiday dates:
January 1 New Year's Day
Ascension Day (forty days after Easter)
Pentecost or Whitsunday (seventh Sunday after Easter, plus the Monday)
May 1 May Day/Labour Day
May 8 Victory in Europe Day
July 14 Bastille Day
August 15 Assumption of the Virgin Mary
November 1 All Saints' Day
November 11 1918 Armistice Day
December 25 Christmas Day
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