A city built on the edge of imposing limestone cliffs with a natural harbor waiting for you to explore. On my last trip to Corsica the city of Bonifacio caught me more than once.
Starting our journey from Porto Vecchio, where our apartment from Interhome was located, we already chose to check out Bonifacio on the second day of our trip. And this was a wise decision, because – well, we came back a couple of times!
Since Dr. Google said it is one of the most beautiful places in Corsica we also wanted to give it a try.
Before you enter the city I recommend taking the coastal street to get this view of Bonifacio from afar. We took the time to park our car and hike alongside the rocky coast to get a first sense of the exposed location with it’s salty breeze.
We enjoyed the views of the ocean and all the boats passing by, which were also on their way to Bonifacio (through the port of the city).
After this we walked back to our car and drove towards the city centre of Bonifacio.
At first, not everything was beautiful, as we had to drive in as part of a massive convoy and had to wait in line for the parking lot up at “Cimetière marin de Bonifacio”. Okay, maybe it was also our fault – because we were up a little late. We only got to the city at around 2pm, when everyone was on their way… but after a little waiting time we managed to get a parking lot on top of the cliff.
Tipp: Come early (before 11am) to beat the crowds!
We walked down from the top and explored the port with all the luxurious yachts and little motorboats. This is when we decided that we would also rent a boat one evening for a tour (there are many boat tour operators in the port, we recommend “Nautic Aventures” for the friendliest skippers and great service)!
3 tips for your Bonifacio visit
- Start at the seaview cemetery:
The view from the “Cimetière marin de Bonifacio” is really mesmerizing. That’s actually something I recognized more then once in Corsica – it’s that the dead people get the best views! It’s true also here in Bonifacio – the view from the cemetery is breathtaking. The tombs and mausoleums are also really beautiful, shining in pastel colors against the sea and cliffs.
- Walk downhill instead of up:
From the top we started to walk downhill through the city. Bonifacio’s old town is a labyrinth of narrow streets and historic buildings, great pizza places and ice cream shops and locals playing boule complete the scenery.
- Enjoy the views of the “Grain du Sable”:
This rock is famously standing out of the ocean close to Bonifacio. Make sure to check the view – especially during sunset this is the place to be.
Other practical tips:
- Eurowings offers direct flights from Vienna to Bastia since this year. It’s not even a 2-hour-flight to the island and the airport in Bastia is super tiny, so you’ll be out in a minute.
- A rental car is also strongly recommended, since there is no real alternative to visit all the beautiful places! I would suggest to get an SUV, because the streets can be rocky at times (and you know the story of our flat tyre). Definitely check if your car has a spare tyre before you go!
- Interhome got us top modern apartment in Porto Vecchio with views of the harbor and mountains. This was an ideal starting point for our explorations. They offer lots of different vacation rentals on the island!
Check out my Corsica travel video:
My Bonifacio look:
On my last visit to Graz (Austria) I got a perfect present from Mr. Tasty for the city trip to Bonifacio. A lightweight silk bomber jacket from the very cool Dogdays of Summer vintage store. Thank you for completing my look!
Photographer: Lady Venom / Marion Vicenta Payr