Bonifacio Travel Guide

  • View across to Bonifacio.
    View across to Bonifacio.
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    Along the cliff edge.
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Bonifacio Highlights

  • Pro
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    melanief says…

     Everything is within walking distance 

  • Con
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    VincentJJ says…

     In summer lots of tourists. 

  • In a nutshell
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    scanos says…

     Great hop off point to Italy 

Bonifacio Things to Do

  • The boat to and from the Lavezzi...

    Going out to the Lavezzi islands is really one of the must-do's in Bonifacio. Not only for the islands themselves but also for the superb views of Bonifacio and its limestone cliffs from the sea. There are a few companies at the harbour and they are all roughly the same price, but there are a couple that offer free parking for the day if you travel...

  • The Lavezzi islands.

    There is really only one island where you can land as the others are mainly just a pile of rocks sticking out of the sea. As it is the only one with nice beaches it is the only one worth going to. If you have your own boat easy to get up close to the beaches otherwise it entails a 10 minute walk. There are a couple of marine cemeteries here, filled...

  • Hermitage of the Trinité/Oratory of...

    A few kms out from Bonifacio, on the road to Sartene and Ajaccio is this splendid isolated site. Proof of habitation has been found to show that the site was used pre-historically but the retreat was only built in the 13th c as the first waves of Christianisme got to the island. The hermitage was lived in and renovated in the 19th c but apparently...

  • Hike the cliffs to or from Pertusato.

    A lovely hike this, along the top of the cliffs gives a great view of Bonifacio sitting there in the sunlight. There are two ways to do this hike : either from the top of the "montée st. Roch" or if you have a car drive out to the military semaphare at Pertusato and park up there. We opted for the 2nd solution as there is not a lot of parking space...

  • The belvedere at the top of Montée St....

    When you climb up the "montée" to the citadel there is a large belvedere at the top where you can rest awhile, but also take your camera because you can get some fabulous views from here, the same as Marie-José Nat, a well known French actress born here in Bonifacio, who has a house hanging, literally, over the cliff-edge.

  • The streets of Bonifacio II.

    You can spend a good couple of hours walking around inside the walls and still not see it all, there are so many nooks and crannies to inspect.

  • The streets of Bonifacio.

    Spend some time walking around the narrow winding streets, sneaking a look up the staircases and into alleys. I found a very "homey" atmosphere here, a lived in feeling.At no. 4 rue des Deux Empereurs can be found the house where Napoleon stayed in 1793, whilst just opposite is the house where Charles Quint stayed in 1541 on his way back from...

  • Restaurants

    Eat at the "Kissing Pigs" down by the old harbour; you'll be glad you did. Reasonably make that excellently priced....and great cuisine. Nothing real fancy just top quality and top service. Five star eating. If you like good honest food served up like it should be then give it a try, you'll be glad you did!!

  • Check out the military ruins

    From the International Marine Park, I just kept walking southeast. It was quite a walk. There was a road that led into this area, but I don't know the name of it. Make sure you bring a water bottle.

  • Go strolling and shopping in Haute Ville

    The Haute Ville is a great place to stroll through the streets and back alleys. Whether your hobby is shopping or photography, you will have plenty to keep you happy as there are many shops and cafes all packed together.

  • Walk thru the tunnel in the Citadelle...

    This is a quick walk - I walked through the tunnel right before my ferry arrived in port. I did this for a couple reasons, the tunnel was very close to the commercial ferry port, and I only had a little bit of time left before my ferry arrived. Actually, one of my photos I took from the window of the tunnel shows my ferry pulling into port. There...

  • Visit the Aquarium de Bonifacio

    At the entrance of the aquarium, when you pay 4 Euros to gain entrance, you will receive a brochure describing what is contained in each aquarium. All of the fish in this aquaium have be caught by local fisherman in the water between Corsica and Sardinia, Italy. The star attraction is the giant blue lobster.

  • Hike in the International Marine Park

    At the top of the steps of Montée Rastello, opposite the Bastion de l'Etendard, there is a pathway that leads up to the International Marine Park. This is a great place to enjoy hiking and bird watching. There are awesome views of the ocean. There are no guard rails, you can walk right to the edge of the cliff. So be very careful. Be sure to wear...

  • See the view from Bastion de l'Etendard

    At the the top of the steps of Montée Rastello you will climb even higher to enter the Bastion de l'Étendard. The bastion is all that remains of fortifications that were under siege in 1554. The entrance is through the Porte des Gênes, and there is a weight and pulley system used to raise the drawbridge. You can pass through and enter the haute...

  • Take a boat tour to see the caves

    There are several boats in the Bonifacio Marina that tour the caves around the marina. The tour I took was 15 Euros, and the guide narrated the tour (in French, but he gave me a paper that translated what he was saying, he would show me the number he was on and I could read along to see what was being said) Along the ride, we saw fortifications up...


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Bonifacio Restaurants

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    by Otrebor Updated Sep 23, 2005

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    Me and Silvia we have been in Bonifacio on September. There are some nice restaurants and cafés in the tourist area. We sat at lunchtime at one of them called "L'osteria" for a beer. The owner is an italian (like us), from Milan (we are from Florence). No price list outside. We had two beers. The owner was very nice so we had also two (quite big, but not excellent) plates of salami (without ham), three small glasses of wine and one coffee. We paid 48 Euro for it! Ask for the price list before order!

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Bonifacio Transportation

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    by melanief Updated Apr 28, 2006

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    I traveled to Bonifacio from Santa Teresa, Sardenia Italy by Moby Lines ferry. I felt the prices were reasonable, and the time schedules were convenient. The trip was 50 minutes. When you are nearing Bonifacio be sure to go topside with your camera. Stand close to the railing and enjoy the view as you pass through the cliff walls.

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