8 Day - 7 Night
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Bastia is the most important town in Corsica, classified as a 'Town of Art and History' in France.
It is to the old town that you will be the most fascinating with its faded charm of narrow streets and alleys with buildings dating largely from the 18th century.
The old harbour is the 'in' place to spend your evenings in Bastia, in the many bars and restaurants, or simply promenading along the water front - be sure to walk out along the Quai des Martyrs de la Liberation for the best views of the harbour.
The other main part of Bastia to explore is on the other side of the old harbour around the substantial citadel of Bastia is the Governor's Palace (14th century) and a couple of churches: the church of Sainte-Marie de l'Assomption and the Baroque Oratoire-Sainte-Croix with its 'black Christ'.
Pick up car hire and drive to Corte
As you arrive in Corte it is the dramatic citadel sitting on top of a rocky outcrop above the town and the Tavignano valley that first grabs your attention. In fact there is not much to see when you walk up to the citadel, though this is home to the tourist office and a museum of Corsica. However don't miss the nearby viewing platform which provides excellent views not just of the citadel and the town but also of the surrounding mountains in which Corte is set.
14 km from Corte there is an hour's walk from the Grotelle shepherd's hut, the departure point for a walk to the two lakes (glacial in origin and is frozen for six months of the year) of the Restonica valley: Melu and Capitellu.
Visit to the Gorges de la Restonica to the south of Corte for an easier walk and a bathe in a freshwater pool, or head west towards the Gorges du Tavignau.
Porto-Vecchio epitomises Corsica's reputation as the "Island of Beauty and of Contrasts". Known as the "St-Tropez" of Corsica, Porto-Vecchio has become a highly fashionable tourist resort (especially popular with Italians) where visitors can relax, indulge or party the night away.
It is equally possible to escape the summer crowds off the beaten track, in a remote cove or along a mountain path, and to enjoy the peace and tranquillity in this enchanting and varied landscape.
The beaches around Porto-Vecchio are simply stunning and count the world famous Palombaggia and Santa Guilia amongst their number. All have pearly white sand and glittering turquoise sea, surrounded by lush countryside. With shallow waters, they are ideal for families.
For those who are willing to venture inland, the nearby mountainous Alta Rocca region provides an endless supply of things to do and see with its gorges, rivers and waterfalls. Here there are opportunities for mountain walking, rock climbing, swimming in rock pools, picnicking, horse riding, quad biking and visiting traditional Corsican mountain villages for relaxing lunches.
And less than 30 km from the famous sites of Bonifacio and L’Ospedale.
Napoleon defines Ajaccio – hear him in the squares, see him in the streets, in history… Ajaccio is the largest city in Corsica and it is located along its west coast at the foot of wooded hills, It is very near to beaches, mountains and gorges, and can be easily explored on foot.
The Citadel was built in 1492, and in 1502 the strong, defensive walls were built around the town, modified and extended by the French.
The Genoese Citadel is the main part of the town, and its most important historical monument. It was a military outpost in the 15th century that helped guard the city against international attacks. The citadel sits high above Calvi port from where it towers over the sea. From up here you get some great views of the coast and harbour.
Within the citadel old town there are many tunnels and long winding stairways as well as plenty of narrow walkways tucked between quaint old houses.
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