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  • 1 Site de Bonifacio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Magnificent "land's end", Bonifacio and its tall white cliffs shaped by the wind and the waves make for a spectacular sight. The city has both a port and an upper town. The marina, a port constructed at the bottom of a 1 500m fjord, is a sa..

  • 2 Col St-Roch Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Montée Rastello

    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

    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

    r. Doria

    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

    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

    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


    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

    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


    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, near to the rocks of Punta Rossa. To the north is Balistra Beach..

  • 10 Bosco

    Nature and gardens

    espl. St-François

    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

    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

    r. St-Dominique

    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

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

  • 14 Bastion de l'Étendard

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Avenue Charles-de-Gaulle

    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.

  • 15 Mémorial du Bastion

    Museums and art

    Quartier de la Citadelle

    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 of La Sé..

  • 16 Casteletto

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Castelli-Pacha

    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.

  • 17 Esplanade St-François

    Nature and gardens

    espl. St-François

    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.

  • 18 Gouvernail de la Corse

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Quartier St-François

    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 vie..

  • 19 Ermitage de la Trinité

    Religious buildings


    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 of prehistory, then by hermites, when Christianity first came to Bonifacio. The early convent wa..

  • 20 Plage de la Tonnara

    Nature and gardens


    Opposite the Tonnara isles, home of many seabirds, this is a beautiful stretch of sandy beach.

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