The turquoise coloured water and the Mediterranean breeze are calling for you to visit the city of Bastia which is located on the island of Corsica. In the 14th century the Genoese constructed a citadel so that they could keep guard over the bay, and it wasn't until later in the 18th century that the island became a French territory. Hire a car in Bastia and discover the lush green mountainside and the hidden lagoons of Corsica.
If you only visit one historical site during your stay in Bastia, make sure you see the citadel. Inside its fortress walls are churches, the Governors' Palace and the palace's bell tower. The best panoramas of the city can be viewed from atop the bell tower, and the Governor's Palace now houses the Museum of Corsica. Here, you can check out exhibits on Corsica's flora, history, art and folk traditions.
Choose an inviting sidewalk café in Place Saint-Nicolas, and enjoy outdoor dining on this plaza which overlooks the harbour. With your car hire you will be able to hit the beaches which are only a short 3 km drive from downtown Bastia. If you are looking for a little piece of paradise during your visit to Corsica, Cap Corse is the perfect place to begin searching. Just north of Bastia is a 25 km stretch of coastline that wraps around a peninsula which juts out into the Mediterranean Sea; there are many beaches tucked in along the shoreline here.
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