Bastia ( from Italian Bastiglia for citadel) is a commune and port city in the north - eastern Corsica, with 42 912 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011). The city is the capital of the Haute -Corse and both the principal port and the economic center of the island.

Geographical Location

Bastia is located at the foot of Pigno massif. In the north of the city of Cap Corse begins. From the new port ( Nouveau port) through the road tunnel at the south access to the southern industrial areas.

Attractions in the city

The tourist center of the town is the old port ( Port de Plaisance ), which is now used as a marina and palm -lined Place Saint -Nicolas, which is lined with many restaurants and cafes.

Attached to it is the old town ( Terra Vecchia ) connects with its narrow streets. In the middle of the old town is the Place du Marché with the baroque church of Saint -Jean -Baptiste and behind the old town hall. Other famous buildings include the Opera House, the Chapel Saint- Roche and the Citadel with the Governor's Palace.

Economy and Transport

The economic heart of the city is the new port in which to create the many car ferries. There are ferry connections to France ( Nice ) and Italy (Genoa, Livorno and Savona). Furthermore, the port for the shipment of goods will be used.

The city is the starting point of the Corsican railway to Ajaccio. The Bastia Airport is about 20 km south of the city.


Bastia is the home of SC Bastia, who competes at the Stade Armand Cesari. His greatest successes were the third place in the French Championship 1976/77, Cup Winners 1981 Intertoto Cup winner in 1997 and finalist of the UEFA Cup in 1978.


  • Erding, Germany
  • Viareggio, Italy

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Vincent, Count Benedetti, French diplomat
  • Jean Costa, organist
  • François Modesto, French footballer
  • Henry Padovani, French guitarist
  • Henriette Puig- Roget, French organist, pianist and composer
  • Adil Rami, French footballer
  • Chaouki Ben Saada, a Tunisian football player