Bastia (French & Corsican: Bastia), is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of
France on the island of Corsica.
is also a city and the capital of the department. Bastia is also an
important Corsican port and is famous for its wines.
in the northeast of Corsica, at the base
Corse, Bastia is the principal port of the island and its principal commercial
The average annual temperature is about 15.3 °C, and
there are usually five days of freezing weather per year. The wind
in Bastia is frequent and violent, and the annual rainfall is
copious (more than 700 mm). However, there are about 340 days
of sunshine per year.
occupation of Corsica by the Genoese, Cardo was a
Church St Jean Baptiste in
Around the city were little villages where the
fishermen of Cardo lived. This little port was called Porto Cardo,
which means "the port of Cardo."
The Genoese felt the need for shelter from the sea storms and began
to construct, in the time of governor Leonello Lomellini
, in 1380, a
, also known as a stronghold or citadel.
With time, the bastiglia
(Bastia) became more prosperous
and important than Cardo. Bastia was the capital of Corsica until
In 1794, during a war with Revolutionary France
, British troops
and Lieutenant-General David Dundas
The census of 1999 gives the figure of 39,016 inhabitants, an
increase of .01% since 1990. Ten percent of the population consists
of foreigners. The unemployment rate is very high, 20% in
Monuments and places of interest
Bastia was the birthplace of:
sister city is Erding, Bavaria, Germany.