Bastia, a large town in the north of Corsica, perfectly epitomises the ‘Isle of Beauty’. Book a flight to Bastia and explore its citadel, the old port, the Governor’s Palace and the picturesque, steep lanes that wind through this Mediterranean town. Bastia has a rich religious heritage including the Saint Jean Baptiste Church, the largest in Corsica, as well as the Baroque Sainte Marie Church and 16th Century Oratory of the Immaculate Conception. You can easily reserve a hotel room close by and spend time enjoying the fountains, gardens and local life along Bastia’s Monserato trail. Numerous villages surround Bastia and boast their own landmarks. Furiani has stunning views over Lake Chiurlinu and is home to Santa Maria Assunta, one of the oldest chapels in Corsica. Real ale fans will be interested to know that Corsica’s finest brew, Pietra, is produced here! There’s also Santa Maria di Lota, a commune close to Bastia, with traditional Mediterranean houses and a Genoese tower that rises above the sea. Another typical, Corsican treasure is the village of Cardo, perched high above Bastia and guaranteed to give you an authentic holiday welcome!