Perched atop white limestone cliffs, Bonifacio is an ancient fortress on the southern tip of Corsica. The town is encircled by soaring defensive walls and immerses you in the rich history and heritage of the Mediterranean island. Explore the medieval Citadel, wander around the picturesque harbour and set sail on a boat tour to nearby beaches and islands.
Things to do in Bonifacio
Getting lost in the winding medieval alleyways of the Citadel is one of the best ways to experience Bonifacio. Stop at Bastion de l’Étendard, an old artillery storehouse that’s been reimagined as a local history museum.
Steep staircases lead down from the Citadel to the picturesque harbour. Escalier du Roi d’Aragon is one of the most scenic and offers vertigo-inducing views over the harbour. Bustling Îles Lavezzi stretches along the quay and is lined with cafes, brasseries and restaurants where you can enjoy a meal with a view.
Boat tours whisk you to the postcard-perfect beaches strung along the south coast of Corsica. Other tours take you to Île Lavezzi, a stunning island set just off the coast of Bonifacio. Spend the day basking on the boulder-strewn sandy beaches, swimming in turquoise bays and snorkelling on the colourful reefs. It’s best to pack a picnic lunch as there are very few facilities on the islands.
Whether you dine at an atmospheric bistro in the Citadel or a lively restaurant on Îles Lavezzi, Bonifacio is a great place to sample Corsican cuisine. Enjoy “zuppa corsa” stew cooked in ham-bone broth, wild boar casserole with chestnuts and veal served with olives and white wine.
Getting around Bonifacio
Bonifacio is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The town is a two-hour drive from Ajaccio and 20 minutes from Figari Airport. Ferries depart from the harbour and connect Bonifacio with Sardinia.