Finally we realized our dream to visit Corsica. Our base was beautiful Bonifacio and indeed we were not disappointed!! Out of Marseilles we flew straight to Bonifacio because time was of the essence (we only had a week). We rented a car for a whole week and managed to see and enjoy the southern part of this beautiful Mediterranean island. Will be back to explore the northern part, hopefully.
In my opinion, Bonifacio is the most wonderful place on the island of Corsica and particularly for its cliffs. The city of Bonifacio is located on top of a mountain and has many places from which you can see amazing views, but the best place to discover all the cliffs in this city is a beacon of Pertusato. It is located east of the city and to reach it follow the instructions in various parts of the city. Here they have built a beautiful path full of greenery and flowers of all kinds, colourful magic. In addition, there is also an area where the lighthouse is filled with Pertusato maquis. The maquis is a typical vegetation of the island and consists of small shrubs of a beautiful yellow color. If you follow this road for about 30 minutes you get to the lighthouse, it offers the best views of all Bonifacio. The cliffs of Bonifacio are really incredible, in some places, you can see pieces of rock that are suspended in the air, bearing the weight of old buildings. The image is colossal, it makes you wonder how the rock is suspended in the air, since it seems that it could collapse at any time. In addition, under these cliffs there are often sandy beaches that add something special to the landscape. I do not know if you can go down to these beaches, I tried to find the way but could not find it, but it must be a marvel to swim alongside the backdrop of the cliffs. The beauty of these cliffs can be seen in many of the typical island postcards. By the way, you can also do a boat trip passing these cliffs, at the port of Bonifacio several agencies offer this.
The Iles Lavezzi are a small archipelago off the coast of Bonifacio, Corsica. This is the southernmost territory of France. These islands are great for diving and very popular among fans. It is classified as a natural reserve, except for Cavallo Island which is the largest and the only one where there are luxury homes and a small airstrip.
From Bonifacio (COCEGA) we left from Sardinia. The views didn't give us an idea of what we would find days later in the wonderful Italian island. This little "ferry" is calm and it's logical to enjoy views in this "Corsican" corner. Beautiful cliffs, a village atop a strategic bunker halfway up embedded in the court of the great rock wall, shining sea and a sailboat place. So it was logical that the deck was full of people ve were enjoying the show. As my great friend Jorge and I, did all the time.
The port of Bonifacio is one of the most beautiful of all Corsica, situated in a stunning location. It is located just below the citadel of Bonicafio, and must be accessed through the port. Also, on the other side are beautiful verdant mountains and cliffs that make the port a magical place to stroll and enjoy wonderful views. The marina is not very big and you can see beautiful boats of all kinds, there are wooden boats, sailboats and even very old boats that are used for fishing in nearby areas. The shore of the harbor is full of restaurants, bars and souvenir shops, much cared for establishments that also tend to have lovely terraces from which you can enjoy the sea and the port environment. There are always lots of people walking around this area but I never feel cramped, perhaps because all the buildings are small and the street is quite wide. Also I have to admit that I had no feeling of crowding because I visited the city in April, and in high season there are areas for which, apparently, it is impossible to pass due to the large number of tourists. At the port there are several agencies that organize day trips by boat. They tend to have more expensive prices, but some journeys are worthwhile, as they take you through the beautiful cliffs in the area. Along the port there is an aquarium inside a natural cave where you can watch the flora and fauna of the area. It's a bit simple, but for the price (costs less than two euros) you should visit. Indeed, in the port is also the most famous pastry shop of Bonifacio, is called Boulangerie faby. The cakes they make are exceptional and I would recommend them.
Most people who go to the south of Corsica spend their time on the beaches near Porto Vecchio. But there are so many wonderful alternatives in the area of Bonifacio, which have the advantage of being less well-known and therefore not as busy. Here you can find a real oasis of tranquility, even in high season. This beach is located 10km from Bonifacio to the west, along the road 196. It can be reached by a dirt road that leads to a parking lot. On site there is just one bar/restaurant, and umbrellas and sunbeds can be hired. We arrived in the morning, and nobody was there - just us, some gulls and the owner of the restaurant. The sand is golden with large grains. The sea does get deep quickly, so it's not the best option for small children, and it's quite windy. Recommended for anyone who wants nature, peace, and quiet.
Ten minutes drive north east of Bonifacio, along the panoramic road leading to the lighthouse (which alone would be worth a stop for a few minutes to enjoy the view of the cliffs and the citadel), you will find some amazing beaches. This is the bay of Rondinara, and the cove of Speroni can be found at the north end - a lovely beach, quite narrow and not crowded, in a great position, sheltered from the waves of the bay. At low tide, an island emerges a few hundred metres from the shore. You don't need to be a great swimmer, as the depth of the water varies from a few centimetres to one metre. The water is crystal clear, and the views from the car park are beautiful. To get there, you unfortunately need to cross the harbor that organises boat trips, and rents canoes and windsurfing equipment. There are no bars and restaurants. The nearby pool is the only thing that threatens to ruin the tranquility, but we found it easy to ignore.
On August 15, a national holiday, Bonifacio, Corsica fills up with curious tourists, attracted by the historical Napoleonic re-enactments that take place here every year. You'll see plenty of participants kitted out in traditional clothing, ready to relive the historical battles. If you're ever in the area, be sure to check it out!
Wondering what to do in Bonifacio? One of the oldest towns in Corsica, it is also one of the most picturesque villages of the island and is full of wonderfully unique Bonifacio attractions. As it is perched on the cliff tops, one of the best things to do in Bonifacio is to enjoy the stunning outline of the city from the sea.
Bonifacio has beautiful natural scenery, but it also has a rich historical and architectural heritage, from the bastion de l'Etendard and centuries-old fortifications to the medieval city, the ville haute. One of the first places to visit in Bonifacio inside of the Ville Haute is the medieval old town, the narrow streets, and the Porte de Genes, Bonifacio's single entry point until the nineteenth century.
Other things to see in Bonifacio include the Saint-Dominique, the palace, the market square, the Mirador Manichella, and l'Escalier du Roy d'Aragon. If you are still looking for Bonifacio activities, try diving in the Lavezzi Islands, famous for the rich and varied underwater world.
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