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Place St.-Nicolas

Spot monuments of national heroes, sample Corsican cuisine at an outdoor café terrace and browse the stalls of flea markets at this lively public square.

Picturesque Place St-Nicolas is Bastia’s central public square and a popular spot for social gatherings. Find historic statues and monuments, shop at local markets, enjoy cultural events and dine at open-air café terraces. Developed in the mid-1800s, Place St.-Nicolas takes its name from the Chapel of St. Nicolas, which once stood on the site. 

Go to the center of this tree-lined square to see a 19th-century statue of former French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte. See if anyone is performing at the bandstand and look for a monument to the soldiers who fought during World War I. Sit on a bench and observe as a varied mix of people go about their business. Kids ride bikes and play games. Locals walk their dogs, pausing to chat with friends while courting couples stroll by. 

Surrounding the square is an assorted collection of bars, cafés and restaurants, most with open-air seating areas. Sip on a coffee or a glass of locally produced wine and sample traditional Corsican food, such as sanglier (wild boar). Most places are open during the day and in the evening, when streetlights elegantly illuminate the square. 

Visit Place St.-Nicolas on a Sunday when it becomes the location of a flea market. Browse for Corsican handicrafts, one-of-a-kind items, antiques, stamps and old postcards. Throughout the year the square hosts music and cultural events. Information about these events is available at the tourism office located at the north end of the square.

Just a short walk from Place St.-Nicolas are some of Bastia’s most popular commercial streets. Find bakeries, ice cream parlors, independent boutiques and well-known brands on Boulevard Paoli. Discover more shops, bars and centuries-old churches on Rue Napoleon. The street connects the square with the zigzagging lanes of Bastia’s Vieux Port (Old Port) and Terra Nova (Citadel) districts.

Located behind the Port of Bastia, Place St.-Nicolas is easily accessible from all parts of the city. It’s less than a 10-minute walk from Bastia’s main train station and major attractions such as Place du Marché. Parking is available, for a fee, in the lots underneath the square. Public buses also stop at the square.


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Best Western Corsica Hotel Bastia Centre $92
Reviewed on Jun 22, 2019
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Best Western Corsica Hotel Bastia Centre

Best Western Corsica Hotel Bastia Centre

20 Avenue Jean Zuccarelli, Bastia, Haute-Corse
     
    4.1 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Property was clean, rooms were really nice. Only thing was, my 2nd night the AC stopped working.....and it was so hot!

    Hôtel Posta Vecchia $72
    Reviewed on May 19, 2019
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    Hôtel Posta Vecchia

    Hôtel Posta Vecchia

    1 rue Posta Vecchia, Quai des Martyrs, Bastia, Haute-corse
       
      3.6 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Lovely hotel, situated a short walk only from port and perfect for viewing ferries arriving and departing. Traditional hotel with older style facilities, but comfortable and provide all you need.

      Hotel Bonaparte $94
      Reviewed on Sep 24, 2018
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      Hotel Bonaparte

      Hotel Bonaparte

      45 boulevard du General Graziani, Bastia
         
        4.0 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Very convenient location, take the bus in from Bastia airport, drops you off two blocks away, right at the tourist information office. Hertz car rental office in town nearby. Good WiFi with passwords. Note, there is no elevator beyond reception on the second floor - must carry own bags upstairs. ...

        Hôtel Riviera $88
        Reviewed on Dec 24, 2018
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        Hôtel Riviera

        Hôtel Riviera

        1 Bis, Rue Adolphe Landry, Bastia, Haute-corse
           
          3.5 of 5
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Solid, standard 2 star place. Very convenient if you arrive on a late ferry

          Hotel Central Bastia $106
          Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019
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          Hotel Central Bastia

          Hotel Central Bastia

          3 Rue Miot, Bastia, Corse
             
            4.2 of 5
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Difficulty with WiFi on the fourth floor. Apart from that the hotel was in a very central location

            Hotel Napoléon $90
            Reviewed on Dec 25, 2018
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            Hotel Napoléon

            Hotel Napoléon

            43/45 boulevard Paoli, Bastia, Haute-Corse
               
              4.1 of 5
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Basic but clean room right in the heart of town. Convenient to ferry as well.

              Hôtel Port Toga $114
              Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019
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              Hôtel Port Toga

              Hôtel Port Toga

              Rond Point de Toga, Bastia
                 
                4.3 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Very wonderful and helpful staff. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Get a room with a view of the sunrise. You won't regret it one bit. Also rooftop breakfast was also very nice!

                Hôtel des Gouverneurs $190
                Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019
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                Hôtel des Gouverneurs

                Hôtel des Gouverneurs

                3 bis rue des Turquines, Bastia
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Great location and service. We would stay again, but wouldn't bother paying for the junior suite. The space was appreciated, but not much of a view from the room.