Bonifacio vieille ville

 
October 11, 2017   France, Corsica, Bonifacio
 
 

Today we explored the old town of Bonifacio. The town is precariously perched about 70m above the sea on a long peninsula. On one side of the peninsula are ocean-eroded white cliffs, on the other side is a long thin harbour. The harbour, as one might expect, is full of yachts and catamarans and tour boats, with the occasional Moby ferry which sails between here and Sardinia. And of course the harbour is bordered by a well-maintained boardwalk fronting hotels, restaurants, and cafes. Life is good in Bonifacio.

Bonifacio reminds me of one of the delicious desserts (hey, I'm in France!) I ate today: a thin rectangle of limestone layers with a layer of buildings perched precariously on top.

Like every other town we've visited in Corsica Bonifacio is well-maintained, spotlessly clean, and good looking. Since it is fall some shops and hotels are starting to close for the season. Still, there are a lot of tourists though it's not crowded with them unlike Toledo or Venice.

 
 
 
Paul on Bonifacio harbour      
 
Typical narrow street      
 
Typical narrow street      
 
Marine Cemetary      
The Marine Cemetery (Cimetiere Marin) is on the end of the promontory on which the Old Town is built. It features ornate mausoleums and tombs as well as views of the surrounding coastline.
 
Marine cemetary      
 
Walking down to Bonifacio's beach from the old town      
 
Harbour entrance      
 
That's Sardinia in the distance      
 
Water's edge at foot of the old town      
 
Bonifacio at night      
 
Harbour at night      
A view of the harbour looking towards the citadel. The citadel is lit up in purple and has a rotating sequence of patterns shined on it. Purple is a popular colour in Corsica.
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