Bonifacio vieille ville
11 October 2017    Bonifacio, Corsica, France 
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Bonifacio vieille ville    
11 October 2017    Bonifacio, Corsica, France   
 
 
 
 

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
     
 
 
 
Paul on Bonifacio harbour
     
 
 
 
Paul on Bonifacio harbour
     
 
 
Typical narrow street
     
 
 
 
Typical narrow street
     
 
 
 
Typical narrow street
     
 
 
Typical narrow street
     
 
 
 
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
     
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
     
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
     
 
 
 
Marine cemetary
     
 
 
 
Marine cemetary
     
 
 
Walking down to Bonifacio's beach from the old town
     
 
 
 
Walking down to Bonifacio's beach from the old town
     
 
 
 
Walking down to Bonifacio's beach from the old town
     
 
 
Harbour entrance
     
 
 
 
Harbour entrance
     
 
 
 
Harbour entrance
     
 
 
That's Sardinia in the distance
     
 
 
 
That's Sardinia in the distance
     
 
 
 
That's Sardinia in the distance
     
 
 
Water's edge at foot of the old town
     
 
 
 
Water's edge at foot of the old town
     
 
 
 
Water's edge at foot of the old town
     
 
 
Bonifacio at night
     
 
 
 
Bonifacio at night
     
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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.