The port town of Bastia is the economic heart of Corsica. If you want to explore the beautiful island of Corsica, it is best to hire a car if you value flexibility and exploring the countryside at your own pace and leisure. The N193 takes you quickly and easily to all the island's destinations. Starting in Bastia it takes less than 3 hours by car to get to the famous port town of Bonifacio. Bastia itself is famous for its beautiful sand and pebble beaches, popular with locals and tourists alike.
Bastia also has a lot of culture and history to offer. The roots of the town date back to Roman times. The present city is divided into three parts: Terranova, Terravecchia and the modern new town. In each district there are sights waiting to be discovered. Opposite the ferry port lies the busy and bustling Place Saint-Nicholas, a favourite tourist haunt. This square was built in the 19th century and is lined with palms and plane trees. Near the square, culture lovers will enjoy the Sainte Marine Cathedral and the ethnographic museum.
Explore Bastia and the surrounding area by car
Exploring Bastia by car means you can discover the sights of the city in a short time.
Furthermore, a hire car picked up in Bastia gives you the freedom to comfortably explore the surroundings. The port city is the perfect starting point for a trip to Serra di Pigno, Bastia’s local mountain. In a hire car you can drive from the Col de Thegime to the summit, which is 960 metres high. A unique view of the north of the island awaits you there.
Near the airport, you can also visit the national monument La Canonica aka Lucciana Cathedral. In addition, the remains of the Roman settlement of La Mariana lie nearby. Book a hire car in advance with TUI Cars and pick up your car at one of our many partner car rental services. Drive safely without any worries as TUI Cars already includes fully comprehensive insurance coverage in its price as well as the reimbursement of any excess paid in the event of an accident.
Bathing, sightseeing and more
If you are traveling around Bastia by car, then you should also drive to the sandy beach south of the city.
The beach is 10 kilometres of sand and extends along the nature reserve Etang de Biguglia. Here, in the largest wetland area on Corsica, you can enjoy untouched nature. The three districts of Bastia offer not only beaches but also a lot of culture. Discover, for example, Terra Vecchia, the old town, with its tall, narrow houses and steep streets. In the centre of the old town you can admire the market square and the town hall.
The most striking building, however, is the church of Saint Jean Baptiste. As the largest church, it dominates the cityscape like no other building. If you come by ferry to Corsica, it’s an eye catcher. In the Terranova district, you can explore the Citadel, a fascinating fortified town with narrow cobbled streets.