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  • 1 Site de Bonifacio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N196 F - 20169 Bonifacio

    Magnificent"land's end",Bonifacio and its tallwhite cliffsshaped by the wind and the waves make for a spectacular sight. The cityhasboth a port andan upper town. The marina,a portconstructed at the bottom of a 1 500mfjord, is a safe haven f..

  • 2 Col St-Roch Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Montée Rastello F - 20169 Bonifacio

    At the tope off the Pass is a modest chapel, built in the place where the last victim of the plague of 1528 died. This viewpoint gives a very wide view over the sea towards Sardinia, the bastion and the Marine. To the left, the Grain de sable with it..

  • 3 Lavezzi islands Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Bonifacio F - 20169 Bonifacio

    The island of Lavezzi and a hundred or so islets and reefs form an archipelago around 4km from the Pointe de Sperone, southeast of Bonifacio. The French part of the archipelago is now a natural reserve with restricted access to protect flora and faun..

  • 4 Bonfacio's Upper Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Doria F - 20169 Bonifacio

    Perched on the rock overlooking the sea, upper Bonifacio is made up of the medieval old town and the citadel. Created in the 19th C, the access road splits at the Roman column. The left incline leads to the old town via a tunnel. The old, narrow stre..

  • 5 Marine caves and coast Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 20169 Bonifacio

    The boat skirts the cliffs that are between 60 and 90m high. Horizontal and oblique stratifications show how the sea currents changed direction during sedimentation. The high limestone cliffs are punctuated by caves, including those of Sdragonato and..

  • 6 Église St-Dominique Interesting

    Religious buildings

    F - 20169 Bonifacio

    This chuch should was supposedly completed in 1343 by the Dominicans on the site of a former Templar church, and is one of the rare examples of Gothic architecture in Corsica. The campanile with its octagonal upper levels and crenelles is strikingly ..

  • 7 Capo Pertusato Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    D260 F - 20169 Bonifacio

    The Capo is reached via a limestone causse that explodes with colourful flowers in spring. Here are orchids, ophrys and serapais among the bushes of the garrigue. View from the lighthouse to Cavello and Lavezzi Islands and the Sardinian coast.

  • 8 Bonifacio Marina Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Comparetti F - 20169 Bonifacio

    The port quarter, placed under the protection of St Erasmus, the patron saint of fishermen, stretches along the southern dock and is dominated by a great bastion. Hotels, restaurants, cafés and shops bring the whole area to life, especially in summer..

  • 9 Golfe de Santa Manza Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    D58 F - 20169 Bonifacio

    The bay still exudes a magnificent wild beauty, the colours of the scrub-covered hills contrasting with the turquoise hues of the sea. The main public beaches are Maora and Santa Manza, nearto the rocks of Punta Rossa. To the north isBalistra Beach, ..

  • 10 Bosco

    Nature and gardens

    espl. St-François F - 20169 Bonifacio

    This particularly bare part of the plateau has kept the name bosco (wood). Until the 18th C, it was in fact covered with olive trees, junipers, mastics and others. You will notice the ruined towers - relics of old windmills, some dating back to the 1..

  • 11 Giovasole

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Nord F - 20169 Bonifacio

    New four- or five-storey buildings, some with arcades and swimming pools, form rows of pink rooftops on the north bank.

  • 12 Maison de la Miséricorde

    Religious buildings

    Rue St-Dominique F - 20169 Bonifacio

    This hospice was founded in the 13th C and is the base of the Brotherhood of the Holy Cross and houses a piece of the real cross.

  • 13 Place du Fondaco Montepagano

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Fondaco F - 20169 Bonifacio

    Its name gives away its Arabic influences - the fondaco is the Corsican version of the Arabic fondouk, a shop and an inn.

  • 14 Chapelle de la confrérie St-Jean-Baptiste

    Religious buildings

    Rue du Fondaco F - 20169 Bonifacio

    This little chapel built in 1785 with two vaulted naves is charming. On the left,note the sculpted wooden group depicting the Beheading of John the Baptist, which the brotherhood takes out during processions on Good Friday and 29 August.

  • 15 Bastion de l'Étendard

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Avenue Charles-de-Gaulle F - 20169 Bonifacio

    This bastion watched over the Porte de Gênes, the only entrance to the town until the 19th C. Eight gates and a drawbridge led into Place d'Armes. It was the centrepiece of the 2.5km of ramparts of which several defence towers still remain.

  • 16 Mémorial du Bastion

    Museums and art

    Quartier de la Citadelle F - 20169 Bonifacio

    The bastion de l'Étendard remains the most imposing part of the fortifications in the upper town. Some of the great events in the history of Bonifacio are depicted here, such as the visits of Charles V and Napoleon Bonaparte, and the sinking ofLa Sém..

  • 17 Casteletto

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Castelli-Pacha F - 20169 Bonifacio

    This quarter was the first fortified urban islet on the plateau, having been built in the 7th and 8th C. Place Casteletto marks the site of the military quarters of the Pisan army.

  • 18 Esplanade St-François

    Nature and gardens

    espl. St-François F - 20169 Bonifacio

    Near the Convent of Saint-François, this vast esplanade gives a superb view of the cliffs of the old town, the Bouches de Bonifacio and, across the sea, Sardinia.

  • 19 Gouvernail de la Corse

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Quartier St-François F - 20169 Bonifacio

    A passage hewn out of the cliff opposite the entrance to the cemetery leads to a cannon in the middle of the rock called the"Gouvernail de la Corse"(Rudder of Corsica)composing the cliff edge. From here there is a particular original view o..

  • 20 Ermitage de la Trinité

    Religious buildings

    N196 F - 20169 Bonifacio

    The early convent, dating back to the 13C, stands on a lovely site among green oaks, olives and enormous blocks of granite. It was probably frequented as ofprehistory, then by hermites,when Christianity first came toBonifacio. The early conventwas re..

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