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If you're travelling to Corsica, you could rent a car in Figari to discover this quaint French village and the rest of the island. Figari, surrounded by beautiful mountains, inspires travellers to embark on an unforgettable road trip to discover its hidden gems, often not listed in travel guides. Meander past lush vineyards, visit pretty churches and stop by at little shops and cosy cafés en route.

It's your choice: Where to go in Figari

In Figari, rent a car and set out to explore the vineyards and wineries it is so famous for.

  • Visit Clos Canarelli of Figari, regarded by many as Corsica's best winery, to sample a blend of Niellucciu and old-vine Syrah.
  • Take a tour of the town’s vineyards along Punta d'Ovace and drive downhill to meander past its lower vineyards.
  • The spectacular Gothic Église Saint-Dominique in Bonifacio is a must visit. This spacious 13th-century church, the island’s largest, often holds concerts featuring renowned performers.
  • Also recommended is a road trip to Corsica’s old capital, Corte. A bustling university town, Corte’s claim to fame lies in its placid lakes and idyllic Restonia Valley.
  • Drive 3.5 hours out of Figari to reach the picturesque town of Calvi. With a moon-shaped bay and a medieval citadel, this Genoese town is out of the ordinary.

What to do when you visit Corsica

  • Rent a car in Figari to follow the Alta Rocca route. This day-long road trip passes through scenic Corsican mountains, past Sainte Lucie de Tallano, Quenza, Bavella and Zonza. Tour Sainte Lucie di Tallano's main square, the chapel of Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Poggio di Tallà, and the olive oil museum. In March, the village comes alive with the olive oil fair. Continue to Quenza for a hike on the spectacularly scenic Plateau du Cuscionu, and take your car to the
    Aiguilles de Bavella for hiking, canoeing or simply admiring nature. The last village is Zonza, where you can see the waterfall of Piscia di Ghjaddu.
  • Visit the east coast with your rental car in Figari. The highlight of this route is Conca, a small village with a beautiful church dedicated to St Etienne. Also, discover Sari-Solenzara, sandwiched between sea and mountains, with spectacular stone formations. Southwest Corsica's Roccapina, 16 km from Figari, is another popular spot, boasting a picturesque sandy beach, panoramic trail and viewpoint.
A World Heritage Site, the active volcano of Mount Etna is a popular destination for those staying in Catania. Following a scenic one hour drive, you can take a cable car up to an area 2,500 metres high, before hiking or taking a bus the rest of the way to the top - truly spectacular views await.
With a rental car, you can also easily reach Castello degli Schiavi (Castle of the Slaves) in Fiumefreddo di Sicilia, a Baroque palace that is most famous for being featured in two of The Godfather films. The ruins of an ancient Roman bathhouse complex, the Thermae in Misterbianco are also well worth a visit.

Important infos about Figari

The beautiful landscape of Figari stretches from the mountain of Cagna to the Mediterranean Sea. The highest point in the commune is 1,366m. The community town hall and church sit in Tivarello, a locality fringed on the south by 800 hectares of protected coastal landscape, waiting to be explored. Some 15 picturesque hamlets make up Figari, which is characterised by acres of lush vineyards, cork forests and herds of cheese cattle and sheep.
Flights come from London, Lyon, Nice, Toulouse, Marseille and Paris to Figari. You can book your car rental at Figari airport for a convenient onward journey. Most people base themselves in Figari for easy access to the southern part of the island's old fortress towns, beautiful beaches and pretty harbours. The drive itself takes you past stunning Corsican countryside.

Weather in Figari
Facts
Country France
Language French
Currency Euro
Time-Zones CET
Capital Paris

Good to know

You are allowed to rent a car in Figari if you are at least 21 years old – some car rentals demand an age of 26 years or have special offers to reduce the age to 18 years - and have held an EU driver’s license for more than a year. Present your driving license, valid credit card and identification for car hire at Figari airport. Remember to drive within the designated speed limits: 50 km/h in urban areas, 110 km/h on 2/3 lane highways and 90km/h on other roads.
Corsican roads follow the beautiful Mediterranean coastline, sometimes passing through alpine mountain ranges with rewarding scenic views. The main highways, T50 and T20, offer a pleasant, smooth drive. However, be prepared to meet several narrow minor routes, especially in the island's rural parts. As most roads pass through mountains, steep drops and sharp bends are common. Avoid making road trips during rush hour in Corsica's main cities, when traffic can slow down greatly.

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Our tour suggestion for Corsica

Pick up your rental car at Figari airport and head south to Bonifacio, an old fortress town with attractive beaches and a lighthouse area that is particularly popular. Make your next stop at Porto Vecchio, a charming old town with a bustling harbour and renowned for its fresh seafood fare. Each moment of dining in its harbourside restaurants while gazing at the sea makes for beautiful memories of a Mediterranean holiday. L’Extrême Sud is a haven of pristine beaches, and basing yourself in this little port town offers ample opportunity to explore the beaches nearby at your pace. Palombaggia and Santa Giulia, just south of Porto Vecchio, are two of Corsica’s most popular beaches, with the latter offering several water activities. One hour's drive from there takes you to Roccapina Beach, known for stunning coastal views.

What to bring to your friends from Figari?

Many artisans and traders from nearby Porto Vecchio have souvenir shops in Figari. Pick up traditional Corsican shepherd knives and look for ceramic décor with ancestral designs. Coral jewellery and leather goods, more island specialities, are the perfect gift for yourself or loved ones back home. Corsica is famous for its gourmet specialities, such as terrine, olive oil, cheese, honey and charcuterie, which you can find at artisanal shops or markets. Locals recommend beauty cosmetics from the island’s native plants, known for their anti-ageing properties. Figari's world-famous wines, such as those of Clos de Sarcone, Clos Canarelli, Domaine Pietra Bianca and Domaine de Peretti, are especially recommended, accompanied by gourmet souvenirs such as chocolate-hazelnut shortbread, cheeses and meats.