Silversea Luxury Cruises A Bastia, Corsica

Bastia, Corsica

Corsica's northern capital, Bastia, is the centre of commerce and industry and a thriving freight and passenger port. Commerce, more than tourism, is its main focus, providing employment for many Corsicans. Bastia's industrial sprawl, however, is offset by its aged charm. The presence of an overwhelming Italian atmosphere adds to the city's attraction. View more

Two distinct areas comprise the city: Terra Vecchia, the old quarter, consisting of haphazard streets, flamboyant Baroque churches and lofty tenements, with their crumbling golden-grey walls set against a backdrop of fire-darkened hills; and the more orderly Terra Nova, the historic district favoured by prominent doctors, lawyers and architects. The city dates from Roman times, when a base was set up at Biguglia to the south. Under the Genoese, Bastia was the island's capital for four centuries and of major importance for the export of wine to the Italian mainland. They built a fortress (bastiglia), which gave the town its name. The Genoese also were responsible for laying the foundation for the area's prosperity by planting vines, olives, chestnut trees and other experimental crops. This resulted in an energetic and enterprising region, still a characteristic of today's northern Corsica. Although Napoleon had appointed Ajaccio the capital of the island in 1811- initiating a rivalry that still exists - Bastia established a stronger trading position with mainland France. As a result, the Nouveau Port was created in 1862 to cope with the increasing traffic with France and Italy. Bastia's economic prominence and a German division based here during World War II accounted for severe bombing attacks. Many buildings were destroyed, including much of the old governor's palace. Of the two largest towns on the island, Ajaccio and Bastia, the latter boasts a more genuine Corsican character. Visitors can experience an authentic feel of island life by wandering through the maze of narrow streets of Bastia's old quarter and by exploring its fortifications. Don't miss the vast Place Saint-Nicolas just north of the old quarter; it is the focal point of the city. Open to the sea and lined with shady trees and sidewalk cafes, it is a perfect place for people watching and for taking in the local ambiance. Pier Information The ship is scheduled to dock at the port of Bastia. The city's focal point, Place Saint-Nicolas, is a distance of 650 feet (200 metres) to walk. Taxis are generally available at the pier but it is highly recommended to book in advance if you want to be sure to get one. It is recommended to establish the fare before leaving the port. Shopping The main shopping streets, Boulevard Paoli and Rue Cesar Campinchi, are less than one half miles (500 metres) from the port terminal. Handicrafts and the area's specialties such as honey, wine and liqueurs may be of interest. Most shops are open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Shops are closed for the day on Sundays and some shops may also close Monday mornings (some souvenirs shops may open Sundays during the high season of July-August). The local currency is the euro. Cuisine A variety of restaurants offer a good choice of eating possibilities. Some of the best restaurants are found around the Vieux Port and on the Quai des Martyrs. French cuisine and seafood feature prominently on menus as well as such Corsican specialties as wild boar, charcuterie and aziminu, a local version of bouillabaisse. Evidence of Bastia's strong Italian influence is apparent in the numerous pizza and pasta places in the Nouveau Port area. For outdoor dining and people watching, cafes around lively Place Saint-Nicolas are a perfect place. Other Sites Oratoire de Saint-Roch Located in the Terra Vecchia quarter, the chapel is a Genoese Baroque extravaganza built in 1604. The walls are covered with finely carved wooden panelling and the organ is magnificent with its decoration of gilt and wooden sculpture. Oratoire de L'Immaculee Conception Although its exterior is rather austere, the flamboyant interior of this 17th-century church with gilt and marble ceiling, frescoes and crystal chandeliers creates an ambiance of an opera house. Vieux Port Site of the original Porto Prado, the area around the Vieux Port is the most appealing part of town. Its soaring houses seem to bend inwards towards the water. Once busy with Genoese traders, the building of the ferry terminal and commercial docks have reduced much of the action at Vieux Port. Terra Nova As the administrative core of old Bastia, Terra Nova displays a distinct air of affluence. Its most impressive building is the 14th-century Governor's Palace. During the Genoese heyday the governor and the bishop lived here, entertaining foreign dignitaries and hosting massive parties. Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be requested through the Tour Office on board, subject to the availability of English-speaking guides.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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Excursões em Bastia, Corsica

Bicycle Adventure

Explore the spectacular natural beauty of Bastia in a unique new way during this scenic and invigorating, half-day excursion via bicycle.


Bastia, Old Bastia, Lido de la Marana

After receiving your safety and bicycling instructions, don your bicycle helmet and begin your guided bicycle tour of Bastia. Ride south, past Old Bastia, then join the road leading to the Lido de la Marana, an approximately 6.8-mile-long (about 11 kilometre-long) stretch of coastline. Ride along the seaside en route to the Biguglia Ponds, a nature reserve fed by the Bevinco and Golo rivers.


Biguglia Ponds and Fort, Bird Species

The Biguglia Ponds has a very rich history that has been marked by Roman occupation in ancient times. Only one vestige of its ancient roots still remains; the small fort at Biguglia. With an area of approximately 3,583 acres (about 1,450 hectares), the Bigulgia Ponds is the largest lagoon in Corsica, and the best site for observing its abundant flora and fauna. The Bigulgia Ponds is home to 250 bird species, 127 species of which are aquatic birds. In winter, this locale is also a stop-off-point and breeding-ground for migrating bird species.


Eco-Museum of Le Fortin

Upon arrival at the Biguglia Ponds, ride along a portion of this beautiful nature reserve. Some of the migrating bird species that may be luckily seen during your ride include common flamingos, great cormorants, kingfishers, reed buntings, gulls, terns, large waders, and white-headed ducks. Time-permitting, ride to the Eco-Museum of Le Fortin, a nesting area for hundreds of bird and fish species located in the heart of the reserve. Following your visit, commence your ride back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of bicycling for approximately 9.3 miles-15.5 miles (about 15 kilometres-20 kilometres) and a minimal amount of walking, at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces. This tour is recommended for guests who are in good physical condition, and able to ride a bicycle for long distances. This tour is not recommended for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with a long-sleeved shirt, flat, closed-toe sport shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 12 years old to participate on this tour; minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Safety helmets are provided, and must be worn the entire time whilst bicycling. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. The tour sequence may vary. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Genoese Fortress

Discover the spectacular views, landmarks and highlights of the Old Town of Bastia during this picturesque sightseeing excursion.


Bastia, Town Centre

Depart the pier on-foot or open-top bus, depending on the itinarary route, for the short transfer to the town centre of Bastia. The main town of northern Corsica, Bastia is also the biggest commercial port on the island. Under the Genoese administration, Bastia was the capital of the entire island of Corsica, and became very wealthy thanks to its numerous vineyards, and olive and chestnut tree plantations. Since it was also the nearest port to Italy, Bastia also became an important trading call.


Old Town, St. Nicolas Square, Terra Vecchia, Chapels, Oratorio, Church St. Jean Baptiste

Whilst walking through the narrow streets of the Old Town, discover landmarks of a rich and interesting past. Stroll through St. Nicolas Square, the popular meeting-place of the town's local population, and walk by Terra Vecchia, which stretches from St. Nicolas Square to the Old Port. En route, walk along old, unpaved streets and pass by quaint little chapels and Baroque-styled oratorio, including the Oratoire St. Roch and flamboyant Oratoire de l'Immaculée Conception, before arriving at the Church St. Jean Baptiste, famous for its twin campaniles.


Terra Nova, Citadel, Du Donjon Square, Palais des Gouverneur Museum, Jardin Romieu

Next, stroll through the Terra Nova, which includes the Citadel, Du Donjon Square and impressive, 14th-century Palais des Gouverneur. Today, the Palais des Gouverneur serves as a museum. A visit is made to the museum, which is divided into three main sections; 'Bastia's Urban Development', 'History of Bastia, Genoese Capital, and Political, Social and Economic Centre, and 'Bastia Cultural Centre'. Leaving the museum, your last stop is at the must-see Jardin Romieu, an 18th-century terraced garden that ascends the cliff. At the conclusion of your visit, commence the short walk, mini-train-ride or open-top bus-ride back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately from 0.75 to 1.5 miles (about 1.2/2.5 kilometres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with several steps to negotiate to get on/off the open-top bus, board/de-board the mini-train and at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Photography and/or videography is prohibited inside the museum. Restroom facilities are located in cafés and restaurants; the purchase of a small snack or beverage is recommended in order to use the restrooms, and is at the expense of each guest. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Nebbio and Patrimonio Regions

Experience the splendid natural beauty and flavours of the Nebbio and Patrimonio regions during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Bastia, Nebbio Region, St. Florent's Gulf, Patrimonio Vineyards, Tyrrhenian Sea, Biguglia Pond

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive through the Nebbio region. Named after the thick mist which sweeps over the region, the Nebbio has, for centuries, been one of the most fertile parts of the island. Formerly called 'Conca d'Oro' (Golden Shell) by Pascal Paoli, the Nebbio region is today reputed for its splendid wines from Patrimonio. During your drive, take spectacular panoramic views down the St. Florent's Gulf and the Patrimonio's vineyards on one side, and the Tyrrhenian Sea and Biguglia Pond on the other side.


Biguglia Pond, San Stefano Pass, Oletta, St. Florent, Free Time

Next, your drive continues along Biguglia Pond en route to the San Stefano Pass, then through Oletta with its multi-coloured houses before arriving at St. Florent, known as the 'Corsican St. Tropez'. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to explore its narrow streets, which are lined with souvenir shops.


Patrimonio Mountains, Local Wine Cellar, Wine Tasting, Teghime Pass

Leaving St. Florent, re-board your coach and drive towards the mountains of the Patrimonio region, reputed to be the finest locale for wine production. Along the way, a stop is made at a wine cellar for a tasting of locally-produced wines. Afterward, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier via the Teghime Pass.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 547 yards (about 500 metres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the wine cellar. This tour is not suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Restroom facilities are located in cafés and restaurants; the purchase of a small snack or beverage is recommended in order to use the restrooms, and is at the expense of each guest. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Private Train-Ride & Wine Tasting

Explore the history and winemaking traditions of Corsica during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Bastia, St. Nicolas, Private Train-Ride, Citadel, Old Town

Depart the pier for the short walk to St. Nicolas Square, the meeting point of all the population, and board a wheel-train for the private and scenic ride to the Citadel. Upon arrival, de-board the wheel-train for a guided walking tour of Bastia's Old Town. Along the way, see the Cathedral Ste. Marie and Governour's Palace, then pass by Terra Vecchia, which extends from St. Nicolas Square to the Old Port.


Chapels, Oratio, Church of St. Jean Baptiste, Terra Nova, Citadel and Governour's Palace

Next, stroll along charming, unpaved streets, and by lovely little chapels and Baroque-styled oratorio such as the Oratoire St. Roch and 'flamboyant' Oratoire de l'Immaculée Conception before arriving at the Church of St. Jean Baptiste, famous for its twin campaniles. From here, stroll along Napoleon Street and the Terra Nova, which includes the Citadel, Du Donjon Square and impressive, 14th-century Governour's Palace, now a museum.


Boutique Wine Bar, Wine Tasting

Proceed walking to a 'cave', or boutique wine bar. Relax in this classy, elegant setting and sample locally-made Corsican wine. In addition, learn about Corsica's ancient winemaking roots, and the soil and climate that produces its unique blend of wines. Following your wine tasting, some free time is made available to enjoy your surrounds at your leisure. At the conclusion of your visit, commence the short walk back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, hills and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to board-de-board the train, and some stairs to negotiate in the Old Town. This tour is not suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection are recommended. Restroom facilities are located in cafés and restaurants. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Bastia at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Bastia at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Bastia at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Bastia at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.