the old town, old harbour and citadel of Bastia
29 June 2017 | Port Toga marina (position: 42 42.480'N 09 27.299'E)
Bruce & Caroline
The strong winds lasted almost three days sending spray over the breakwater and causing amazing down draughts from the mountains. You could hear the 'roar' of the wind before it hit. It's the first time ever that I have 'braced' myself whilst lying in bed alone!!! Lol. Just to clarify, we are currently sleeping in separate cabins due to the swealtering heat!
Port Toga lies just 3km away from the town of Bastia, the principal port of the island and largest commercial town located with the hills and Cap Corse behind. With some time on our hands we decided to visit the highlights of Bastia - the old town, citadel and old harbour.
The old town certainly has character with washing strewn from ancient shuttered windows from tall almost crumbing buildings, some dating back to the 18th century. Nearly all the buildings need a coat of paint but if this were to happen it would detract from the old-fashioned charm and attractiveness of the place.
The small harbour is also lined with partially neglected buildings but some of the buildings have been renovated and painted making it appear far less run down and giving it a more 'modern' look, with bars and restaurants that line the waterfront.
Tomorrow we're heading into the mountains, after all we've written about the magnificent mountains and views often enough - it's about time we saw them up close and personal!