A general view of Bastelica

Coordinates: 42°00′10″N 9°03′05″E / 42.0028°N 9.0514°E / 42.0028; 9.0514Coordinates: 42°00′10″N 9°03′05″E / 42.0028°N 9.0514°E / 42.0028; 9.0514
Country France
Region Corsica
Department Corse-du-Sud
Arrondissement Ajaccio
Canton Bastelica
Intercommunality Vallée du Prunelli
  Mayor (20012020) Jean-Baptiste Giffon
Area1 127.69 km2 (49.30 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 543
  Density 4.3/km2 (11/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 2A031 / 20119
Elevation 306–2,347 m (1,004–7,700 ft)
(avg. 808 m or 2,651 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Bastelica is a French commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica.[1]

It was the birthplace of Sampiero Corso.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Bastelicais, Bastelicaises, or Bastilcacci.[2]


Bastelica is located in the interior of the island in the high valley of the Prunelli south-west of the Massif of Monte Renoso of which it shares the summit (2352 m) with Bocognano and Ghisoni. It is also part of the Regional Natural Park of Corsica. It is some 18 km east of Ajaccio (in a straight line). It has many pastures planted with chestnut trees.

Access to the commune is by the D27 from Cauro in the south-west which passes through the length of the commune and the village before continuing north to Bocognano. The D27A goes east from the village to the mountain heights but has no exit. The D3 branches from the D27 south of the village and goes south-west to join the Route nationale N196 near Ajaccio. Apart from the village there are the hamlets of Vignola and Radicale to the south. The commune is rugged and mountainous.[3][4]

Bastelica has no less than 16 adjacent communes and is one of the six communes in the Community of communes of the Valley of the Prunelli. It was once the chief town of the Canton but is now a part of the Canton of Gravona-Prunelli which has its seat in Afa.

The intersection of the 42nd parallel North and the 9th meridian East of Greenwich is in the commune (see the Degree Confluence Project).


A list of online mapping systems can be displayed by clicking on the coordinates (latitude and longitude) in the top right hand corner of this article.

Neighbouring communes and villages



The Town Hall

List of Successive Mayors[5]

From To Name Party Position
1879 Alexandre Bolelli
2001 2020 Jean-Baptiste Giffon DVD

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 543 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger communes that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population Change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
- 1,790 1,798 2,017 2,314 2,375 2,420 2,528 2,605
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
3,003 3,071 2,842 2,934 2,958 3,196 3,277 3,367 3,341
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
3,582 3,689 3,938 3,661 3,925 4,125 4,152 3,367 2,172
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
833 774 762 766 436 460 543 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

The War Memorial


The commune has a public primary school.[6]


The Val d'Ese ski resort is located in the commune.

Culture and heritage

Boccialacce Fountain
Fountain-Lavoir of Dominicacci
The monument to Sampiero Corso
The Genovese Bridge

Civil heritage

The commune has two sites that are registered as historical monuments:

Religious heritage

The Chapel of the Annunciation
The Church of Saint-Michel
The interior of the church

Environmental heritage

Bastelica is part of the Regional Natural Park of Corsica in the "Land of Life" called Gravona.[15]

Zone of Ecological Interest, Flora and Fauna (ZNIEFF)

The commune has eight 2nd generation ZNIEFF areas:

Natura 2000 sites

Notable people linked to the commune

See also

Notes and references


  1. At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually and the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.


  1. Bastelica on Lion1906
  2. Inhabitants of Corse-du-Sud (French)
  3. 1 2 Bastelica on Google Maps
  4. Bastelica on the Géoportail from National Geographic Institute (IGN) website (French)
  5. List of Mayors of France (French)
  6. Schools in Bastelica (French)
  7. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA2A000002 Monument to Sampiero Corso (French)
  8. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00099075 Genovese Bridge (French)
  9. Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM2A000463 Stations of the Cross (14 stations) (French)
  10. Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM2A000462 Statue: Virgin and child (French)
  11. Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM2A000461 Painting: The Calvary (French)
  12. Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM2A000460 Stoup (French)
  13. Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM2A000241 Altar and Tabernacle (French)
  14. Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM2A000061 Statue: Saint Antony of Padua (French)
  15. The Parc naturel régional de Corse on the INPN website (French)
  16. ZNIEFF 940004164 Forêt de Pineta-Quarceta et Massif Montagneux de Punta di Forca D'Olmu INPN website (French)
  17. ZNIEFF 940004165 Forêt des Cinq Communes et Col D'Arusula INPN website (French)
  18. ZNIEFF 940004165 Hetraie de Bastelica INPN website (French)
  19. ZNIEFF 940004167 Chataigneraie-Chenaie de Bastelica INPN website (French)
  20. ZNIEFF 940004167 Cirques et Lacs Glaciaires du Monte Renoso INPN website (French)
  21. ZNIEFF 940004167 Cretes et Hauts Versants asylvatiques du Monte Renoso INPN website (French)
  22. ZNIEFF 940004167 Sapinière du Haut Ravin de Marmano INPN website (French)
  23. ZNIEFF 940004167 Hetraie-Sapinière de Punteniello INPN website (French)
  24. FR9400611 Massif du Renoso INPN website (French)
  25. FR9410113 Forêts Territoriales de Corse INPN website (French)
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