Bonifacio, Corsica, France

June 6, 2014

Bonifacio - coastal walk

Bonifacio’s impressive setting, perched on a peninsula of white limestone cliffs on the most southern point of Corsica, is worth at least a short visit.The Haute Ville at the site of the citadel is at the northern end of the peninsula with very little at the southern tip – a few ruins, the old ramparts, the Marine Cemetery and the Saint Teresa Hotel with loads of parking.

Bonifacio

Bonifacio

The quaint streets of the old town include the usual mix of shops and restaurants and fill with cruise passengers from nearby Porto Vecchio during the day.

Bonifacio Bonifacio

The marina, a favorite of the Mediterranean yachting set sits below the Haute Ville.

Bonifacio

Before dinner, a late afternoon walk along the ramparts and through the Marine Cemetery at the far end of the peninsula.

Bonifacio - Marine Cemetery Bonifacio - Marine Cemetery Bonifacio - Marine Cemetery Bonifacio - Marine Cemetery

June 7, 2014

On our first morning I checked the weather forecast – clear sunny days with temps in the mid -70s as far out as the forecast projects. A lovely thought that was not to last.

 

Bonifacio - coastal walk

After breakfast we started the morning with the recommended stroll along the limestone cliffs to the Pertusato Lighthouse.

Bonifacio - coastal walk

Fabulous views looking back towards the Haute Ville perched on the cliffs. The best are from the first half of the walk. As you approach the lighthouse on a clear day you can see the Lavezzi Islands on the other side of the point. On this day, however, a low haze had settled over the sea obscuring the views of Sardinia and the islands.

Bonifacio - coastal walk

Boat Tour to the Lavezzi Islands

Bonifacio - boat tour to Lavezzi Island

Although the Lavezzi Islands are generally recommended for sun bathers and swimmers we decided to take the boat tour out just to take a quick look around. With absolutely no possibility of shade it is not the best place for those, like me, who don’t tolerate the sun.

Bonifacio - boat tour to Lavezzi Island

However, whether you swim or not it’s a magical combination of huge granite boulders seemingly molded into enchanting shapes and the blue Mediterranean Sea stained with lighter turquoise pools. A walk around the islands can take at least an hour.

Bonifacio - boat tour to Lavezzi Island

Boats work on a shuttle basis and run hourly during the summer season.

Bonifacio - boat tour to Lavezzi Island

On the way back to the marina in Bonifacio the boat does a tour starting with Cavallo Island, a private resort island of millionaire summer residences.

Bonifacio - boat tour to Lavezzi Island

Bonifacio - boat tour to Lavezzi Island

At this hour, 5:00-5:30PM, in June the limestone cliffs are a brilliant white while the Haute Ville is starting to fall into shadow.

Bonifacio - boat tour to Lavezzi Island

You can still catch a few lingering rays on the town as the boat heads south of the cliffs.

Bonifacio - boat tour to Lavezzi Island

Near the end of the tour is the Grotte du Sdragonato – a cave with an opening in the ceiling that illuminates the crystal clear water with a white sandy floor strewn with dark boulders and fish swimming about.

Bonifacio - boat tour to Lavezzi Island

 

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