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The citadel from the port

Bonifacio is a city on the south end of the French island of Corsica.


The coast at Bonifacio is made white limestone, sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean. Part of the city is hanging over the sea, as the limestone has been erodes.

The city of Bonifacio is split into two sections. The old town/upper city (vieille ville/la haute Ville) and the port. The upper cities has hotels, restaurant, museums and historic sights. The port has a marina with big and expensive yachts and a bit waterfront lined with small restaurants and bars.

Tourist information[edit]

  • 1 Office de Tourisme, 2, rue Fred Scamaroni, +33 4 95 73 11 88, e-mail: .
  • 2 Bureau d'information touristique de la marine (Information point at the harbour), Port de plaisance.
  • Bureau d'information touristique du Bastion de l'Etendard, Place d’Armes.
  • Point d’information touristique de l’Escalier du Roy d’Aragon.

Get in[edit]

Pleasure boats at the port

By plane[edit]

The closest airport is Figari South Corsica Airport (approx. 20 km north of Bonifacio). Reportedly there is no direct bus connection from the town to the airport.

By boat[edit]

Frequent ferries by Moby Lines and Blu Navy link the town with Santa Teresa Gallura in Sardinia.

  • 3 Gare Maritime (Ferry terminal), Quai Sotta Portigliola.

By bus[edit]

  • Scopetto. Takes 20 minutes, leaves once a day in the morning.

Get around[edit]

  • 4 Le Petit Train. Apr-Oct. A local tourist "train" (a tractor with a trailer). On it 35 minutes round it makes it to the harbour, the upper city and the cemetery. €5.


Harbour, Citadel, Old town, many boat trips available to view coast/cliffs etc.

  • 1 Porte de Gênes (Genoa Gate). It was the only entrance to the town until the French in the 19th century made yet another entrance, Porte de France. In 1830 they also replaces the older Genoas drawbridge.
  • 2 Grain de Sable (sand grain). U Diu Grossu in Corsican, the "big finger", is a peculiar rock off the shore just East of the Genoa Gate. A popular curiosity among tourists.
  • 3 Chapelle de Saint-Roch.
  • 4 Église Saint-Erasme.
  • 5 Église Sainte-Marie-Majeure (Church of Ste Marie). 12th-century church is the main church of Bonifacio and probably the oldest. Note the aqueducts off the sides. At the front is located the old loggia. Église Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Bonifacio on Wikipedia
  • 6 Maison du Podestat (Palazzu Publicu). The House of the Podesta initially housed the authority of the Republic of Genoa in the town. In 1793 Bonaparte used to stay there.
  • 7 Bastion de l’Etendard. Apr-Oct. € 2.5; combined with Escalier du roi d'Aragon €3.50.
  • 8 Église Saint-Dominique (next to City Hall). This church origins are in the 13th century. The church's Gothic elements are the rare example of this style for Corsica, although the simplicity of its exterior architecture is reminiscent of the Romanesque. Église Saint-Dominique de Bonifacio on Wikipedia
  • 9 Il Torrione (Tuscan citadel), Rue des Pachas. The watchtower is the only structure that remained from the Tuscan citadel. It was originally built in 1484, then it was destroyed in 1901 as deemed too conspicuous for enemy armies. It was reconstructed again in 1980. The citadel was built in the 9th century with the foundation of the city. Has been reconstructed several times. Once and administrative center of the French Foreign Legion.
  • 10 Loggia de l'Arsenal. Initially it was a refectory of the St. Dominic convent.
  • 11 Cimetière Marin (Marine Cemetery). fr:Cimetière marin de Bonifacio on Wikipedia


Steps of the Aragon King
Chemin de Ronde


  • 1 Promenade sur le port (Walk along the Marina). Walk around the marina. Free.
  • 2 Escalier du roi d'Aragon (Steps of the Aragon King). May-Sep 9:00-20:00; Apr 9:00-19:00; Oct 10:00-17:00. Walk on the 187 steps carved into the cliffs under the upper city and reach the entrance to the Cave of the Saint Barthelemy Well. € 2.5; combined with Bastion de l'Étendard €3.50.
Le puits Saint Barthélemy (Saint Barthelemy Well). It is a quite peculiar thing as you cannot see it (at least these days). What can be seen is an entrance to the cave (which is closed now) with an underground lake with brackish water. The well itself is inside the rock and its opening is 60 m above at the abandoned building next to the former church of Saint Barthélemy. Such a mystery! (Q22969248) on Wikidata
  • 3 Chemin de Ronde (Patrol Path). A walk along the ramparts of the citadel. It starts from the Tourist office and goes up to the marine cemetery.
  • 4 Gouvernail de la Corse (Rudder of Corsica), Quartier St-François (next to the marine cemetery), +33 6 19 73 69 75. Jul-mid Sep 9am-8pm; May-Jun 10am-7pm; mid Sep-end Oct 10am-6pm. Yet another military-related passage, but this one is related to the end of the 19th century. 168 steps down carved in rock will offer views over the Straits of Bonifacio and Sardinia. € 2.50. fr:Gouvernail de la Corse on Wikipedia
  • 5 Cap de Pertusatu. Have a walk for magnificent views.


  • SPMB sea trips (Société de promenades en mer à Bonifacio). 1 hour and 1/2 day trips by a consortium of local companies.



  • 1 Market Hall (In the old city). In the morning there is market where you can buy fresh fruit, pieces of vegetable pies, beignet, etc. Then sit outside on a bench and enjoy a cheap high quality breakfast or brunch with a stunning view.
  • 2 Les Terrasses d'Aragon, Rue Simon Varsi 21, +33 4 95735107. Spectacular view if you get a table on the terrasse to the sourth. €23 menus.
  • Restaurant Les Quatre Vents, 29 Quai Banda del Ferro, +33 495730750.
  • La Place, 1, Monte Rastello, +33 495731406, e-mail: .
  • Catali Cook, Ldt Cavallo Morto, +33 682375820.
  • Auberge Le Licetto, Route du Phare de Pertusato, +33 4 95 73 19 48 (Faby Antoine), fax: +33 4 95 72 11 92, e-mail: .
  • Rocca Serra, Quai Jerome Comparetti.
  • Au Jardin d'A Cheda, Cavallo Morto, +33 495730382, fax: +33 495731772, e-mail: . The restaurant is located in the countryside where guests get a professional and friendly service.


Promenade at the old harbour


Bonifacio has several different hotels, most of them located in the city's historic port. Here is just a sample of the places you can stay:




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