13 walks around Bastia

Visiter au Cap Corse : Bastia

Discover some of the facets of northern Corsica with these walks around Bastia, the eternal city between sea and mountains.

A historic land, an island of beauty and taste, Corsica has some amazing surprises in store for you. If you’re staying in Bastia on vacation, the first thing to do is marvel at its many treasures. Then, for a day or half-day, don’t hesitate to take the car and discover the walks around Bastia!

In fact, it’s only a few dozen kilometers from Bastia that you can enjoy some lovely walks. Sumptuous natural landscapes, old villages and idyllic beaches await you!

1. Saint-Florent

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📍 23 kilometers

🚗 By car: 40 minutes

📷 Things to see and do: Saint-Florent Citadel, seafront and beaches

Deep in the Gulf of Corsica, Saint-Florent is the chic, Saint-Tropez-like city of Haute-Corse. Along with Bastia, it is the gateway to Cap Corse. Situated at the foot of the Patrimonio valley, it enjoys an excellent climate, yet is protected from the Cape’s notorious winds.

Both the old town and the seafront with its translucent waters are magnificent, offering plenty of scope for contemplation. Don’t forget to take a leisurely stroll around Bastia, perhaps with a glass of artisanal ice cream. The walks around Bastia are amazing.

The most experienced hikers will certainly want to take an interest in the trail from Saint-Florent to Plage du Loto. It’s not only somewhat complex, but also, and above all, follows the coastline for almost 22 kilometers! Unforgettable panoramas guaranteed!

2. L’Étang de Biguglia

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📍 14 kilometers

🚗 By car: 35 minutes

📷 What to see / What to do: the Etang Nature Reserve and the species preserved there, the ecomuseum and the park

Less than 15 kilometers from Bastia lies the Étang de Biguglia, a natural lagoon forged by time and the elements. Its 11-kilometer length links Furiani and Biguglia, and preserves hundreds of animal and plant species.

The area was declared a Nature Reserve in 1994. From the pond, enjoy a magnificent view of the mountains and villages on one side, and the sea on the other. Spend a day discovering the pond and its walks, which are among the best around Bastia.

Don’t miss the Fortin eco-museum, which explains the history and natural phenomena associated with the pond, and the footpaths that allow you to explore the pond and its shores.

3. Patrimonio

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📍 18 kilometers

🚗 By car: 35 minutes

📷 Things to see and do: vineyards, village, mountain views

Beyond its vineyards, renowned throughout the country for the AOC wines they produce, Patrimonio has other assets. With its air of Tuscany, Patrimonio is a real pleasure to discover. You’ll enjoy views over the Gulf of Saint-Florent, and as is often the case in Corsica, the mountains that encircle the landscape.

It’s possible to follow trails that allow you to get close to the vines without harming them. In this way, you can discover the region, its vineyard assets and its highly undulating landscape!

4. L’Île-Rousse

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📍 89 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h25

📷 What to see / What to do: the town and its Halles, Broccio and Pietra islands, the beach and nautical activities

Île-Rousse is the furthest away on our list of walks around Bastia, but it’s well worth the effort. First, note the close proximity of two islands: Broccio and Pietra. While the former is not necessarily accessible on foot, the latter is easy to discover. What’s more, a road takes you there.

From there, you can follow a short path to an observation point offering a panoramic view of L’Île-Rousse! Impressive! Alternatively, you can escape to the town’s beaches or the town itself.

5. Nonza

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📍 33 kilometers

🚗 By car: 55 minutes

📷 Things to see/do: the view from the village, the Paoline Tower and the pebble beach

Ranked among the most beautiful villages in Corsica, Nonza is also one of the oldest. From the top of its promontory, it overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. A typical Corsican village, its streets are narrow and steep.

Below, the pebble beach, where we recommend you take a stroll to appreciate the heights of Nonza.

Also, from the village, you can follow a path that will guide you to the Col de Negru and on to Olmeta-di-Capocorso. There are some lovely panoramas to be captured along the way.

6. Corte

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📍 69 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h05

📷Sightseeing / activities: the Citadel, the Museum of Corsica, the mountain belt (« crevasse »), the Restonica and Tavignano rivers

An unavoidable stopover on the road between Ajaccio and Bastia, Corte is a central point on the island, both geographically and culturally. It is one of the island’s most important cities. And with good reason: the departmental university is located here! So, all year round, Corte is packed.

During the vacations, tourists come to admire the perched citadel, the mountain belt and the historic center. Then, for the rest of the year, students take over the streets.

Corte is also the starting point for a great many hikes! That’s why its place in our list of the best walks around Bastia is indispensable.

Whether you’re looking for quiet, simple family walks or physical challenges, Corte is an excellent place to start.

7. The Agriates Desert

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📍 47 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h10

📷 Things to see/do: very impressive dry stretches, natural views (sea, mountains,…)

Arid land in northern Corsica, the Agriates Desert lies between Balagne and Nebbio. It’s nicknamed « Corsica’s granary » because, in the past, many of the fields here fed the locals. Today, they are no more, and the desert lives up to its name. Nevertheless, a few shepherds continue to graze pigs and sheep.

The main attraction of the Agriates Desert is its wild aspect, shaped by time. Between valleys of maquis and dry meadows, the desert slowly reveals itself. Numerous footpaths have been mapped out in this area, making for wonderful walks around Bastia, which isn’t very far away after all!

Find out more about the Sentier du Littoral, which crosses the desert from east to west, from Saint-Florent to Ostriconi.

8. Santa-Maria-di-Lota

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📍 11.5 kilometers

🚗 By car: 24 minutes

📷 Things to see/do: Miomo Tower, religious buildings, Poggiolo stream and scenery from the village

A Corsican village dating back to antiquity, Santa-Maria-di-Lota is a must-see in the Bastia area. It stretches from the sea to the mountains of Cap Corse, whose extension it begins. The village also boasts a 16th-century Genoese tower, the Tour Miomo, surprisingly located on the seafront.

There’s plenty to do in the area, including interesting architectural heritage and a natural heritage enriched by protected species. A great idea for a walk around Bastia!

9. Padula Lake

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📍 23 kilometers

🚗 By car: 40 minutes

📷 To see / to do: the lake itself

Following a fire in the Nebbio in 1989, the water tables on the Saint-Florent plain were empty. The solution to replenish the plain’s water supply was therefore the installation of the Lake Padula dam in 1991. Today, the dam stores almost 2 million cubic meters of water and meets the major agricultural needs of the surrounding area.

This also results in the magnificent Lake Padula, bordered by meadows, forests and wild grasses, all cradled by the mountains, the true guardians of the area. You can take a number of very bucolic walks around and on the heights of the lake, discovering the lacustrine nature of these mountains.

10. Ersa

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📍 51 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h20

📷 What to see / What to do: Mattei Mill, sea view

At the very tip of Cap Corse, right down to the sea, lies the village of Ersa. Perfectly nestled between the Mediterranean and the mountains, bathed in the Cape winds, Ersa is a place of gentle discovery.

Take a stroll along the « Finistère » of Cap Corse, and enjoy the views and warm atmosphere of the island’s unspoilt north.

Against all expectations, there are plenty of places and monuments to visit in Ersa, given the size of the village. Long inhabited for its maritime dominance, the village is ideal for a stroll, for example near the Moulin Mattei, one of the last windmills on the Isle of Beauty.

11. Luri

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📍 32 kilometers

🚗 By car: 50 minutes

📷 Things to see/do: Seneca Tower, road to Luri, village

First of all, the road between Bastia and Luri is an excursion in its own right. In fact, almost all of it runs along the coast! Incredible scenery guaranteed, with the mountains on one side and the immensity of the sea on the other.

Then there’s the village, nestling among the trees and dominated by the Monte Stello massif, the Cape massif, which is very pleasant to visit. Like Ersa, it is also very old, having been inhabited from very early times, thanks to its advantageous geographical location.

A little further west of the village center, a 16th-century Genoese tower still stands on its rocky outcrop, theTorre di Seneca(Seneca Tower). You can reach it by following a specially adapted 13-kilometre trail.

It’s well worth the effort, especially with the views observable from the tower’s 500-meter altitude.

12. Campile and Monte Castellare

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📍 39 kilometers

🚗 By car: 48 minutes

📷Sightseeing/activities: Gavini Fountain, Monte Castellare, chapels and parish church

In the heart of the Castagniccia micro-region, historically home to a plethora of chestnut trees, lies the village of Campile. Set on one of the slopes of the Monte San Petrone massif, Campile boasts incredible views over Castagniccia, the surrounding valleys and, above all, the eastern plain.

The mountain we’re particularly interested in is Monte Castellare. It’s one of the best walks around Bastia, not only because you’re surrounded by greenery, but also because you can enjoy the fresh air.

If the weather’s clear enough and there’s no mist, you should even be able to catch a glimpse of Elba… or the Italian coast!

13. Erbalunga

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📍 10 kilometers

🚗 By car: 22 minutes

📷 What to see / What to do: Erbalunga and Brando villages, panoramic views, Erbalunga Tower

A charming fishing village north of Bastia, Erbalunga is one of Corsica’s most beautiful villages. With its authentic narrow streets, colorful little boats and pebble beach, Erbalunga attracts many tourists every year. Like many other Corsican villages, Erbalunga extends into the mountains.

In fact, there’s a huge 15-kilometer loop around Monte Stello from Brando. There’s a great view of the eastern and western slopes of Monte Stello, the second highest mountain in the Cap Corse.

Good to know: Brando and Erbalunga are one and the same, the latter being absorbed by the former. But this doesn’t detract from their charm, as Erbalunga is closer to a navy than Brando.