Famous for its fortified town, Bonifacio is also well-known for its 70m high white limestone cliffs sculpted by the salty air. The town is at the southern tip of Corsica, just 17km from Sardinia. In days gone by, the cliffs protected the town from attack, nowadays they offer spectacular views and the sight of houses perched on the edge like tightrope walkers is sure to take your breath away.
The cliffs are equally amazing both outside and inside as they house numerous sea caves.
Sight-seeing in Bonifacio
The hidden sea caves and cliffs abound with imaginative shapes characteristic of Corsica. Boat trips take you right into the sea caves where you can see clear blue water, stalactites and stalagmites.
Boat trips also run to the Iles Lavezzi, a group of islands teeming with unique, endemic plants.
There are several ‘absolute musts’ to see during your stay in Bonifacio.
Grain de Sable rock, a stack just off the cliffs, the result of an ancient rockslide.
The Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, a flight of 187 steps cut into the cliff, leading to a cave. Legend has it that the steps were made in a single night by an army which came from Spain to conquer the town, in vain…
The Chemins de Ronde rampart walk offers a tour of the medieval fortifications of the town.
Cimetière Marin (cemetery overlooking the sea)
Church of Saint Dominique
The loggia (of Pisan origin) at the entrance to the church of Sainte Majeure