Bonifacio

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Bonifacio

On the southern tip of the French island of Corsica, and only a few kilometres across the water from Italy lies the small medieval village of Bonifacio. A city full of secrets and history, where the shining sea, the "maquis", along with its steep white limestone cliffs create a wildly beautiful natural landscape. The warmth of the climate is also tangible in the warmth of the inhabitants; and much like thousands of visitors every year, you will likely be drawn back to Bonifacio.

The City

Perched on a white cliff and sculpted by the wind and the sea waves, Bonifacio sits fierce and proud over the Mediterranean. Welcoming inhabitants since the prehistoric era, Corsica's oldest town has become strategic due to its geographical position on a strait. It was developed by Tuscans to be a citadel and was named after Boniface II of Tuscany in 828. The citadel was held to fight against the Moors of Spain, who were pirates. Fight scene of the Pisan and Genoese armies, Bonifacio was disputed between these two powerful states. It briefly became an Aragonian property but was definitively acquired by Genoa after a series of treasons and sieges. In 1767, the Republic of Genoa sold Corsica to France and asked for special treatments to some cities, including Bonifacio. Bonifacio has gained international recognition through its protected marine parks, its luxurious nature, and its beauty. The folklore and traditions are still maintained and very much alive.

Do & See

An absolute open-air museum, the city is pure amazement. The impressive nature and the rich history gather to make the city a pure gem. You can stroll around the city all day and night long, you will always find something new. You will also likely find your favourite beach among the 40 kilometres of sandy coastline in and around Bonifacio.

Dining

To eat on the go or to savour gourmet dishes, Bonifacio offers a range of restaurants and cafés. From Michelin-rated restaurants to small cafés, the choice is yours. Don't forget to taste the local meals: eggplants à la Bonifacienne, delis, cheese, the canistrellis, and the pain des morts.

Shopping

In the streets of Bonifacio, you will find traditional products as well as luxurious ones. The choice is yours! Some of the local items worth purchasing include coral jewellery, deli foods, cheese and crafts made with cork.

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