Our first stop in Corsica was in Erbalunga, a small town just up the east coast from Bastia. And it was magical!
Erbalunga is now a tourist centre, but it was once one of Corsica’s major ports. The old town sits on a tiny peninsula jutting out from the coast and is a maze of tiny alleyways branching out from two small squares.
At the end of the peninsula is a tower, one of many erected by the Genoans to defend their territory of Corsica from the barbarians. There are hundreds of them!
The church has lost its roof and is now a balcony overlooking the sea.
There are potted plants, old walls, and pastel-coloured walls.
We were staying at Castel Brando, a lovely hotel in an old house surrounded by a garden. It was a wonderful place to stay with spacious rooms and pleasant staff. And – right across the street – was a boulangerie so that we could enjoy fresh pains au chocolat and bread for breakfast.