Bastia is located between 0 and 963 metres above sea level and is the most populous city in Corsica, after Ajaccio. This city, which extends to the north-east of the island between the course of the river Golo and the Cap Corse peninsula, is the main commercial city of the whole Corsica and hosts the island's most important port. Bastia is located at 50 km from the island of Elba and at 90 km from mainland Italy: if the weather is fine, it is possible to make out Elba and Liguria from the Bastia coastline.
This town is located between the sea and the mountains, enjoys a Mediterranean climate and represents an excellent starting point for discovering the historical and natural heritage of the island.
This city is part of two second-generation natural areas of ecological, faunistic and floristic interest: Étang, zone humide et cordon littoral de Biguglia and Crêtes asylvatiques du Cap Corse.
The cultural life of the city is quite lively. Indeed, several cultural events are organised throughout the year, the most important of which are: Arte Mare – it is a film festival that is organised by the Arte Mare association and that is hosted in the municipal theatre. Each year, the best films from different Mediterranean countries are screened for the public's enjoyment and are submitted to a professional jury. The Italian film festival and the Spanish and Latin American film festival – these two festivals enliven the cultural life of Bastia during the winter. For the occasion, the films are screened in their original language, but with French subtitles.
The Sporting Club di Bastia is a professional football club based in Bastia. Today the club plays in Ligue 2, the second division of French football. Bastia's main historical success include reaching the final of the 1977–78 edition of the UEFA Cup, winning the second division of French football in 1968 and 2012 and the Coupe de France in 1981. If you want, you can visit the Armand-Cesari stadium located in Furiani, at 10 km from Bastia.
This city is full of historical monuments, such as the old Genoese governor's palace (14th century). This building, which dominated Terra-Nova and the port, was the symbol of the Genoese domination of the island. Today, a part of this palace hosts the museum of Bastia, which is dedicated to the history of the city.
Art lovers could visit the pro-cathedral of St Mary (15th century), which is located in the heart of the Citadel and which contains the painting Holy Jesus of the miracle. According to a legend, this painting was found in the open sea by two fishermen. You should also visit the church of St John the Baptist (16th century), which has a Baroque interior and which is classified historical monument, and the church of St Stephen of Cardo (19th century), which was built on the foundations of an old church and which is classified historical monument.
Bastia is located at 69 km from Corte, at 73 km from Aléria and at 89 km from Île-Rousse. This city is crossed by the T11 road.