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Upper Corsica

Upper Corsica

The small Mediterranean island of Corsica encompasses a bewildering diversity of landscapes, experiences and delicacies. Though its southern counterpart often steals the spotlight, the region of Upper Corsica lacks for nothing in terms of entertainment, character and natural beauty, and savvy travellers would do well not to ignore its unmistakable allure, from the peak of Monte Cinto to the island's numerous picture perfect coastal and hilltop villages.

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Upper Corsica
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Bastia

Corsica's second city is its main commercial port and one of the island's hubs in terms of attractions, dining and entertainment, and boasts an air of authenticity more striking than the island's other cities. The Vieux Port ('Old Port') is a must-see, as are the historical neighbourhoods of Terra Vecchia and Terra Nova, with its Genoese citadel.

Calvi

The striking town of Calvi is dominated by the imposing citadel, which towers over the town from atop a hill by the sea. Its fortifications and surrounding wall enclose also some old houses and a 13th century cathedral. The town's marina has numerous pleasant cafes and restaurants, while the 6 kilometres of sandy beaches attract sun-seekers from around the island.

Grazie Mille (Bastia)

Boasting one of the finest locations in Bastia, right on Place du Marché, Grazie Mille serves up fine Italian dining in a lovely setting. The menu features, among other things, great seafood pasta dishes, that pair wonderfully with the Corsican wines.

Address
Place du Marché, Bastia
La Taverne (Bastia)

La Taverne serves some of the best steaks to be found in Corsica (and best value meals, as well, with their large serving sizes) at their indoor and outdoor terrace seating areas located right by the Bastia marina, offering traditional gourmet cuisine with a view.

Address
Quai des Martyrs de la Libération, Bastia
LN Mattei (Bastia)

Travellers have been coming to LN Mattei for years in search of the best delicacies Corsica has to offer. There are wide selections of local wines and brandies, as well as food, like chestnuts and scented salts, but most people go for one thing in particular: their signature aperitif, cap corse.

Address
15 Boulevard Génerale de Gaulle, Bastia
Parfumerie Laboratoire Cyrnarom (Bastia)

Parfumerie Laboratoire Cyrnarom showcases only handmade scents made with local ingredients. Visitors can learn about the scents and their ingredients and even create one of their own to take home as the perfect souvenir.

Address
29 avenue Emile Sari, Bastia

Passport/Visa

France can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Airport

The Bastia-Poretta Airport (BIA) is Upper Corsica's main international airport, located 17 kilometres to the southeast of Bastia, in the municipality of Lucciana. There is a simple shuttle service that runs from the airport to the Bastia train station (the journey takes about 35 minutes). Another option is to take a taxi from in front of the terminal to whatever your destination may be. The smaller Calvi-Sainte-Catherine Airport (CLY) is located just 6 kilometres from Calvi and operates mostly seasonal flights from Europe. To get to the city from the airport, visitors will have to take a taxi, as there are no buses.

Address
Route de l'aéroport, Lucciana