Se hva du kan gjøre og oppleve i Upper Corsica

The small Mediterranean island of Corsica encompasses a bewildering diversity of landscapes, experiences, and delicacies. Though its southern counterpart often steals the spotlight, the region of Upper Corsica lacks for nothing in terms of entertainment, character, and natural beauty. And savvy travellers would do well not to ignore its unmistakable allure, from the peak of Monte Cinto to the island's numerous picture-perfect coastal and hilltop villages.
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Bastia

Corsica's second city is its main commercial port and one of the island's hubs in terms of attractions, dining and entertainment, and boasts an air of authenticity more striking than the island's other cities. The Vieux Port ('Old Port') is a must-see, as are the historical neighbourhoods of Terra Vecchia and Terra Nova, with its Genoese citadel.
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Calvi

The striking town of Calvi is dominated by the imposing citadel, which towers over the town from atop a hill by the sea. Its fortifications and surrounding wall enclose also some old houses and a 13th century cathedral. The town's marina has numerous pleasant cafes and restaurants, while the 6 kilometres of sandy beaches attract sun-seekers from around the island.
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Corsica Regional Natural Park

Covering over 40% of the island's territory, the Corsica Regional Natural Park encompasses a massive area and countless natural wonders, from lush forests to mountain massifs, impressive gorges to mountain lakes, and more. The GR20, a famous hiking trail, also crosses the park and is one of its biggest draws.
Telefon: +33 4 9551 7910
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Sant'Antonino

Sant'Antonino is one of the oldest villages in Corsica, its origins dating back to the 9th century. Sitting atop a pleasant hill, with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and nearby coast, it is one of the island's most picturesque villages, known also for its excellent craft shops.
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Corte

Corte is at the very heart of Corsica, both geographically and politically, as it was the capital of an independent Corsica during its brief existence as a sovereign nation (1755-1769). The town retains its air of grandeur from those days, with the National Palace and an impressive 15th-century church as the centrepieces.
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Corsica Cape

Corsica Cape (Cap Corse) is a beautiful 40-kilometre peninsula that juts out from the northern tip of the island. It is also a mountain range that gives the area striking scenery as the mountains plunge into the sea. It is a favourite area for hiking and photography, and one of the most beautiful areas of Corsica.
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Nonza

Located on beautiful Corsica Cape, the picturesque village of Nonza hangs over the sea on a striking cliff. The town's historic buildings are incredibly well preserved, and the views of the ocean and the surrounding mountainous countryside are simply breath-taking.
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Erbalunga

Another idyllic Corsican village located on Cap Corse, just north of Bastia, Erbalunga was once an important fishing port. Today it is more of a lazy seaside town, with a relaxed pace and easygoing inhabitants. The town's beautiful houses are grouped together on a tiny rocky peninsula, crowned by an old Genoese tower.
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Centuri

Centuri is a peaceful little fishing town located at the northern tip of Corsica, famous for its pleasant marina and port, which boast many lovely restaurants and cafes that become quite animated at lunchtime. Not far from Centuri are a number of small beaches that are well worth exploring, as well.
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The Restonica Gorges

The Restonica river runs through the central town of Corte, and flows towards a series of mesmerising gorges just to the southwest. Hiking, swimming and climbing are popular activities in the area, all along the 15 kilometres the gorges stretch.
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Monte Cinto

Standing tall at 2,700 metres, Monte Cinto, also known as the "roof of Corsica", is the tallest mountain on the island. Though sweeping panoramic views can be enjoyed from its peak, it is a challenging climb that should only be attempted by experienced climbers.
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Grazie Mille (Bastia)

Boasting one of the finest locations in Bastia, right on Place du Marché, Grazie Mille serves up fine Italian dining in a lovely setting. The menu features, among other things, great seafood pasta dishes, that pair wonderfully with the Corsican wines.
Adresse: Place du Marché, Bastia
Telefon: +33 4 95 32 38 22
Åpningstider: Thu-Mon 12pm-2pm and 8pm-10pm, Wed 8pm-10pm
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La Rivière Des Vins (Corte)

La Rivière Des Vins is a fantastic restaurant and meeting place in Corte which offers traditional Corsican food and local wine. The 'menu gourmand' comes highly recommended, a sampling menu of numerous Corsican specialities.
Adresse: 5 Rampe Sainte-Croix, Corte
Telefon: +33 4 95 46 37 04
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Octopussy (Calvi)

The calm waters in the bay beyond Calvi is home to one of the island's most pleasant beaches, Plage de Calvi, where Octopussy serves as a wonderful restaurant and beach bar. For breakfast, lunch, dinner, or evening drinks, there is never a bad time to come.
Adresse: Chemin de la pinède, Plage de Calvi, Calvi
Telefon: +33 4 9565 2316
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Auberge de la Restonica (Corte)

Just outside the central Corsican town of Corte, located along a country road on the banks of the Restonica river, the small Auberge de la Restonica, a hotel and restaurants with a charming outdoor, poolside dining terrace with mountain views, where traditional Corsican cuisine is put on display, especially in their signature dish, Filer Restonica.
Adresse: Route de Restonica, Corte
Telefon: +33 495 460 958
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Café Wha (Bastia)

For a change of palate, head to Bastia's lovely marina area and indulge in the spicy flavours of Mexican cuisine. It doubles as a lively pub after dark, with colourful cocktails and delicious bar food over sports screenings or loud music.
Adresse: Vieux Port, Bastia
Telefon: +33 4 95 34 25 79
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Le Café du Centre (Bastia)

Le Café du Centre is a modern and sleek cafe-restaurant in the centre of Bastia, and a great place to try some authentic Bastia dishes. Pasta and seafood feature heavily on the menu (the octopus comes highly recommended). Finish your meal with their cheap but delicious coffee for a perfect afternoon.
Adresse: 2 Rue Miot, Bastia
Telefon: +33 4 95 31 65 12
Åpningstider: Fri-Wed 6:30am-8:30pm, Thu 6:30am-11pm
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Dulcis (Corte)

Dulcis is a charming little neighbourhood bakery and cafe, offering quiches and other savoury snacks, as well as pastries, homemade cakes and ice cream. It is a family-run establishment that only uses local ingredients and recipes when making their products.
Adresse: 10 Cours Paoli, Corte
Telefon: +33 6 34 66 77 84
Åpningstider: Daily 8am-8pm
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A Casetta (Calvi)

A Casetta is a quaint boutique with a wide selection of local products, ranging from cured meats, sausages and cheeses to pates, olive oils and honey, not to mention authentic Corsican and imported beers, aperitifs and wines.
Adresse: 16 Rue Georges Clemenceau, Calvi
Telefon: +33 4 95 65 32 15
Åpningstider: Daily 9am-11pm
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Cake And Coffee (Bastia)

As the name suggests, this cafe serves up delectable homemade cakes of all sorts, served alongside fresh coffee in the regional capital of Bastia. They also have some savoury options, such as wraps and sandwiches, as well as milkshakes.
Adresse: 2 Rue César Campinchi, Bastia
Telefon: +33 4 95 48 18 96
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 9:30am-6pm
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Cafe de la Place (Bastia)

With a privileged location right on Place Saint-Nicolas, in the heart of Bastia, Cafe de la Place boasts a breezy outdoor seating area, ideal for the warm summer months. Local favourites include the cafe's fantastic meat and cheese platters and the decadent crepes.
Adresse: 9 boulevard General de Gaulle, Place saint Nicolas, Bastia
Telefon: +33 6 78 39 89 63
Åpningstider: Daily 6:30am-1am
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Le Café du Centre (Bastia)

Le Café du Centre is a modern and sleek cafe-restaurant in the centre of Bastia, and a great place to try some authentic Bastia dishes. Pasta and seafood feature heavily on the menu (the octopus comes highly recommended). Finish your meal with their cheap but delicious coffee for a perfect afternoon.
Adresse: 2 Rue Miot, Bastia
Telefon: +33 4 95 31 65 12
Åpningstider: Fri-Wed 6:30am-8:30pm, Thu 6:30am-11pm
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Octopussy (Calvi)

The calm waters in the bay beyond Calvi is home to one of the island's most pleasant beaches, Plage de Calvi, where Octopussy serves as a wonderful restaurant and beach bar. For breakfast, lunch, dinner, or evening drinks, there is never a bad time to come.
Adresse: Chemin de la pinède, Plage de Calvi, Calvi
Telefon: +33 4 9565 2316
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Café Wha (Bastia)

For a change of palate, head to Bastia's lovely marina area and indulge in the spicy flavours of Mexican cuisine. It doubles as a lively pub after dark, with colourful cocktails and delicious bar food over sports screenings or loud music.
Adresse: Vieux Port, Bastia
Telefon: +33 4 95 34 25 79
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Chez Tao (Calvi)

A Calvi institution, Chez Tao can boast over 80 years of history and the best views in town. It is a sleek, up-scale bar and lounge located in the Calvi Citadel tower itself and features live music and DJs, which goes some way toward explaining its unyielding popularity.
Adresse: Route de la Citadelle, Calvi
Telefon: +33 4 95 65 00 73
Åpningstider: Daily 10:30pm-6am
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Bar Pigalle (Bastia)

A fancy bar and restaurant located on the south side of the breezy Bastia quai, Bar Pigalle is one of the city's most sumptuous establishments. Enjoy an early evening glass of wine on the outdoor terrace overlooking the marina for an unforgettable Bastia experience.
Adresse: Quai Albert Gillio (quai sud), Vieux Port, Bastia
Telefon: +33 9 83 25 56 77
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 7am-2am, Sun 7am-12am
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Bar de l'Ombrage (Bastia)

Housed in a charming old building, Bar de l'Ombrage has a long history in Bastia. Crowds gather nightly for the simple but delicious home-cooked fare and frequent live music, featuring the best of local talent.
Adresse: 13 Boulevard Auguste Gaudin, Bastia
Telefon: +33 4 95 31 02 16
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Bar de la Haute Ville (Corte)

In the inland town of Corte, Bar de la Haute Ville is a small but welcoming bar that serves as a bit of a gathering place in the town. It even showcases occasional live music that takes place on the street just outside the bar, enjoyed both by the patrons on the terrace and passersby.
Adresse: 2 place Gaffory, Corte
Telefon: +33 4 95 61 06 20
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La Tour (Calvi)

La Tour boasts one of the most picturesque locations in Calvi, in the shadow of the impressive citadel walls, with a balcony terrace just over the marina water, and with sweeping views of the mountains in the distance. Stop by for a drink at sunset for the perfect evening out.
Adresse: Quai Adolphe Landry, Calvi
Telefon: +33 4 95 46 39 74
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LN Mattei (Bastia)

Travellers have been coming to LN Mattei for years in search of the best delicacies Corsica has to offer. There are wide selections of local wines and brandies, as well as food, like chestnuts and scented salts, but most people go for one thing in particular: their signature aperitif, cap corse.
Adresse: 15 Boulevard Génerale de Gaulle, Bastia
Telefon: +33 4 95 32 44 38
Åpningstider: Daily 10am-8pm
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Parfumerie Laboratoire Cyrnarom (Bastia)

Parfumerie Laboratoire Cyrnarom showcases only handmade scents made with local ingredients. Visitors can learn about the scents and their ingredients and even create one of their own to take home as the perfect souvenir.
Adresse: 29 avenue Emile Sari, Bastia
Telefon: +33 4 95 31 39 30
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 5pm-8pm
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Bastia Farmers' Market

Bastia's fresh produce market takes place at the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville from Tuesday to Sunday morning. Stalls are set up that sell fruit and vegetables, meat and fish and all of Corsica's specialities.
Adresse: Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, Bastia
Åpningstider: Tue-Sun morning
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Annie Traiteur (Calvi)

For some of the best products Corsica has to offer, visit the family-run Annie Traiteur in Calvi. Their selection ranges from oils, honey and jams to more unique items like veal sausage and of course wine.
Adresse: 5 rue Clemenceau, Calvi
Telefon: +33 4 95 65 49 67
Åpningstider: Daily 7am-9:30pm
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Pâtisserie Confiserie Grimaldi (Corte)

With three locations in Corsica (Ajaccio, Bastia and Corte) Pâtisserie Confiserie Grimaldi offers exquisite chocolate creations, ranging from truffles to cakes to ice cream to macaroons, and more.
Adresse: 15 Cours Paoli, Corte
Telefon: +33 4 95 46 01 10
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U Muntagnolu (Bastia)

U Muntagnolu showcases local specialities of the highest quality, including cheeses and cold cuts, oils and jams, wines and a number of other artisanal products that show off the care given to local production.
Adresse: 15 Rue César Campinchi, Bastia
Telefon: +33 4 95 32 78 04
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 9:30am-7:30pm
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Passport/Visa

France can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
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Airport

The Bastia-Poretta Airport (BIA) is Upper Corsica's main international airport, located 17 kilometres to the southeast of Bastia, in the municipality of Lucciana. There is a simple shuttle service that runs from the airport to the Bastia train station (the journey takes about 35 minutes). Another option is to take a taxi from in front of the terminal to whatever your destination may be. The smaller Calvi-Sainte-Catherine Airport (CLY) is located just 6 kilometres from Calvi and operates mostly seasonal flights from Europe. To get to the city from the airport, visitors will have to take a taxi, as there are no buses.
Adresse: Route de l'aéroport, Lucciana
Telefon: +33 4 95 54 54 54
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Best Time to Visit

Peak tourist season falls on the months of July and August, when the weather is hottest. Late spring (May-June) and early fall (September-October) are much more pleasant in terms of weather, and better fit for hiking and active outdoor pursuits.
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Public Transport

It is notoriously difficult to keep track of Corsican public bus schedules, as these may change without notice or not always be reliable. There is, however, a frequently updated website containing all available information on island transport. There are also three railroad routes on Corsica, one of which connects the capital of Ajaccio to inland Corte. Renting a car is the best way of getting around and is recommended for convenience if you plan to explore the island.
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Taxi

Corsica Taxi +33 4 95 36 04 65 www.corsica-taxis.com
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Pharmacy

There are multiple pharmacies in larger settlements across the island. Pharmacie Principale 31 Rue César Campinchi, Bastia +33 4 95 31 07 70 Mon-Fri 9am-7pm
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Post

Correus:
Adresse: Avenue Maréchal Sebastiani, Bastia
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-12pm
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Telephone

Country code: +33 Area code: 495
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Electricity

230 V 50 Hz Plug types C and E

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