1. Location. Saint Florent was a nicer, smaller, more charming Bastia conveniently a 30min drive away from the major airport there. It’s a great base for a 3-4 day stay with easy access to seaport and airport.
2. Plage Loto and Plage Saleccia. The only way you can access these beaches is by hiking through the Desert des Agriates or taking a quick boat ride. The only public boat departs from Saint Florent. These beaches are tranquil, picturesque, white sandy beaches barely touched. When we got there we were one of six people on Saleccia and had our own picnic there. It was perfect.
3. Patrimonio. Corsica has a handful of internationally acclaimed wine producers and overall the quality is on the rise. Patrimonio is the oldest and most well known AOC and Domaine Gentile (one of the best producers) is a 4 min drive from the main square.
4. San Michele de Murato Church. The architecture and history of this 13th century church alone is worth the drive. But it’s the peaceful setting with a stunning view of the golfe of Saint Florent and mountains all around that make this spot special. There was a little family run bistro right there we ate at just so we could take in the view longer. They were really nice and the charcuterie plate was awesome by the way.
5. The people. Everyone was sweet and welcoming. We wanted to practice our French and they were all patient and encouraging. The folks at Demeure Loredana, Domaine Gentile, Domaine Orenga de Gaffory and all the restaurants make this town a must see.