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Destination Guide: Figari

The sleepy gateway to southern Corsica
Enjoy a laid-back stay in tranquil Figari, walking shepherds' trails or lying on wild sandy beaches. Just a short hop away are the cosmopolitan eating, shopping and nightlife scenes of coastal towns Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio.

Food and Drink

Local cheese, wine and olives. Figari has one of Corsica's oldest vineyards producing its own appelation Vin de Corse-Figari. Also try the local cheeses, fine olives and olive oil in the village's handful of welcoming restaurants. For sophisticated dining, head for the glamour of Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio to tackle platters of Corsican charcuterie, seafood pasta and fresh fish.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Wild trails and picture-perfect beaches. Figari's walking trails wind through the area's herb-scented maquis scrub. The coastline between Figari and Pianotolli is indented with secluded coves. Sandy beaches Palombaggia, St.Giulia, and Pinarellu are close to chic walled town Porto Vecchio, just a 25-minute drive away. In Bonifacio(18km, 20-minute drive), houses cling to precipitous cliffs layered like a millefeuille cake.

Shopping

Fill your bags with Figari foodie treats. Buy local wine, cheese and olive oil direct from producers around Figari. Browse Porto Vecchio's old town for top-class food shops bursting with Corsican specialities and designer boutiques. Pick up deep-red coral jewellery in the shops of Bonifacio's mazy citadel old town.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Local wine and glamorous clubbing. Switch off with a glass of local wine in low-key Figari, or head for the chic café and bar scene in Bonifacio's harbour and citadel. The in-crowd gather at trendy bars around Place de la République and Cours Napoléon in Porto Vecchio's old town, then dance until late at the über-fashionable alfresco nightclub, Via Notte.