Bastia (Corsica), France

Celebrated as the gateway to Corsica, Bastia brims with architectural treasures, a fascinating history and impressive epicurean offerings. Derived from “bastion,” the ancient port’s name references the Genoese fortress, which was built for protection in the 14th century and now houses the Musée de Bastia. Stroll the narrow lanes of Terra Vecchia, the old quarter of Bastia, for a glimpse into the heart of the city. Take in the baroque beauty of Immaculate Conception chapel and the atmospheric vistas of Old Port, ringed by 18th century buildings and the marina. Pause for coffee or a glass of wine in Place Saint-Nicolas, a 19th century square lined with charming terrace cafés.