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    Where to pick up your car

    The most popular car hire location is Poretta Airport (BIA), just under half an hour's drive from the centre (about 20km).

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    The most popular car rental brands in Bastia are Europcar, Avis, Alamo, Hertz and Citer.

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    Warmest month: August (24°C)
    Coldest month: January (9°C)

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Hire a car in Bastia

Within arms reach of Corsica’s natural beauty, Bastia is the island’s true point of entry.

Up until 1811, the city was the capital of Corsica and although it holds second place as France’s busiest passenger port, it does not solely cater to tourists. In contrast to Ajaccio’s chilled-out, tourist-focused vibes, Bastia is lively and authentic.

Looking off the coast towards Italy, this city charms with an atmosphere that evokes a picture of old harbour life. Search for your next car hire with easyCar and get your bearings in Bastia as you plot your drive around the rest of Corsica.

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Areas to explore

Bastia’s historic centre is made up of two contrasting neighbourhoods, each offering up its own set of charms.

Terra Vecchia
Surrounding the city’s original fishing harbour is Terra Vecchia, Bastia’s spirited core. Morning markets make the city buzz as a maze of lanes snake their way around houses packed tightly together. The promenade along the old harbour is the best place to enjoy an evening in Bastia, with waterfront restaurants and bars welcoming visitors well into the night.

Terra Nova
On the opposite side of the old harbour, you will find Terra Nova. The district is dominated by a high-walled 15th-century citadel, which contains the Governor's Palace and a few churches. Most of the surrounding area though is residential and uncommercialised.

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What’s it like to drive in Corsica?
The roads can be narrow but they are well maintained and smooth. Traffic is rarely an issue, though parking can be a little tricky around the port of Bastia.

Venture inland


Tucked away in the heart of Corsica, Corte proves the island’s interior can be as captivating as its coastlines. Although Corte appears as a small faded mountain town today, it was once the capital of the island and it remains a symbolic national stronghold.

Its dramatic citadel, where most citizens lived during the town’s golden years, sits high up on a rugged outcrop of rocks. You can make your way up a steep set of stairs from the newer town below and take in epic views of the surroundings.

And for avid hikers and climbers, Corte’s majestic mountains are the place to get a wicked outdoor fix.

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The ultimate Bastia road trip

  • Bastia Airport BIA

    Bastia airport is one of four airports on Corsica.

  • Car hire pick up point

    Car hire desks are located near the baggage reclaim area.

  • Morosaglia

    This cluster of small villages is celebrated as the birthplace of the first leader of independent Corsica.

  • Aleria

    Here you’ll find ancient Roman ruins as well as a 16th-century fort overlooking the harbour.

  • Bavella

    A must-take excursion through the Alta Rocca mountains, for stunning scenery and breathtaking hikes.

  • Porto Vecchio

    This port town is surrounded by 16th century fortifications and its old cobbled centre is one of the island’s most popular hangouts.

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