The hanging town of Bonifacio, Corsica.
Flying by Bonifacio is an incredible moment. The town is just hanging on a rock that is somehow “floating” on the sea. A wonderful view.
This Corsican jewel has to be visited by foot, so we stopped by.
That’s as easy as landing in Figari, and picking up a rental car.
A rental car here is probably the best option, as there are a bunch of nice beaches and towns to visit. Otherwise, you can take a bus that runs in July and August, and costs around 10€.
Several parkings are available at the lower part of Bonifacio.
What to do there
Bonifacio was our first destination after landing. Most important: food! We looked for a typical restaurant at the port of Bonifacio. There is quite a number of choices, just pick the one you prefer! The location is really nice, restaurants are right on the port! It gives you a relaxing feel to be taking your time, on holiday, far from everything, and just enjoying every bit of it!
Finally, we got to the top. What an amazing view of the surroundings!
We walked around a bit in the upper town. It’s full of history. It looks like a small and typical italian town with small streets. I just love this place!
Here’s an extract from Lonely Planet:
Much of Bonifacio’s charm comes from strolling the citadel’s shady streets, several spanned by arched aqueducts designed to collect rainwater to fill the communal cistern opposite Église Ste-Marie Majeure. From the marina, the paved steps of montée du Rastello and montée St-Roch bring you up to the citadel’s old gateway, Porte de Gênes , complete with an original 16th-century drawbridge.
Inside the gateway is the 13th-century Bastion de l’Étendard , home to a small history museum. Stroll the ramparts to place du Marché and place de la Manichella for jaw-dropping views over the Bouches de Bonifacio.
On the other side of the citadel, the Escalier du Roi d’Aragon cuts down the southern cliff-face. Legend says its 187 steep steps were carved in a single night by Aragonese troops during the siege of 1420, only for troops to be rebuffed by retaliating Bonifacio residents at the top. In reality the steps served as an access path to an underground freshwater well.
West along the limestone headland is the Église Ste-Dominique , one of Corsica’s few Gothic churches and, a little further, Bonifacio’s eerily quiet but beautiful marine cemetery . At the western tip of the peninsula, an underground passage dug by hand during WWII leads to the Gouvernail de la Corse , a rudder-shaped rock about 12m from the shore.
As you walk through town, you discover some gems. Like the apartment where Napeleon and his ancestors used to live.
Once we were done walking around town, we walked back down to the port and got ourselves a small treat: a well-deserved ice-cream!