Encompassing the northern half of Corsica, Haute-Corse is a French administrative department that corresponds with the historic region of Golo. It’s home to the former capital of Corsica, Bastia, as well as stunning natural attractions such as blissful beaches and dramatic river gorges.
Things to do in Haute-Corse
Whether you’re a history buff or a nature enthusiast, you’ll find plenty to do in Haute-Corse.
Sightsee in Bastia. Perched at the base of Cap Corse is the historic city of Bastia, which is the main port on Corsica. You can delve into the past at the Musee de Bastia, which occupies the former governor’s palace, before exploring the Genoese-built citadel of Terra Nova. Don’t miss the elegant Cathedral of Sainte Marie and the Chapel of Sainte-Croix with its elaborately decorated interior.
Hike through the Gorges de la Restonica. In the south of Haute-Corse is the Gorges de la Restonica, which is one of the most spectacular natural destinations in Corsica. A scenic driving route makes its way to the top of the gorge, from where you can hike to the trout-filled Lace de Mello and Lac de Capitellu. If you don’t want to carry your own lunch, light meals are served in the stone shepherd’s hut of the Bergeries de Grotelle.
Relax on the Agriates Desert beaches. Sprawling between the Serra di Tenda and the Mediterranean Sea, the Agriates Desert is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Haute-Corse. Kick back beneath the pine trees that fringe the wild sands of Saleccia before hiking through the native vegetation that surrounds Plage du Lotu. At the western edge of the Agriates Desert is the dune-backed Plage de l’Ostriconi.
Getting around Haute-Corse
Bastia Poretta Airport is the main aviation gateway to Haute-Corse and has seasonal flights to destinations across Europe. Regular ferries connect from French and Italian cities to Bastia and L’Île-Rousse. Buses travel to major towns and cities throughout Haute-Corse while renting a car will give you greater freedom to explore the region.